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Next-Generation Jeep Grand Cherokee Release Date Delayed

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Jeep is pushing back the release date for the next-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee

Sometimes, perfection takes time. For Jeep, that means pushing back the next-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee’s release date at least one year later than expected—even though the brand is on track with its sales goal.

Jeep CEO Mike Manley announced the delay earlier this week, pushing back the popular SUV’s release date to either late 2018 or 2019. Originally, the new version of the SUV was set for release in 2017 after a significant redesign.

Regardless of the delay, though, Jeep is continuing to introduce new vehicles around the globe. Recently, the American carmaker boasted a 20% sales increase compared to last year’s sales. This puts Jeep on track to sell more than 1.2 million units this year.

While the next-generation Grand Cherokee won’t be hitting the market anytime soon, Manley did hint at the debut of a significantly updated version of the SUV next year. This updated version, while not brand-new, will mark the 75th anniversary of the Jeep brand.

Along with the new Jeep Grand Cherokee, the brand plans on developing multiple new and updated models. This includes a new crossover, which will replace both the Patriot and Compass, an all-new Grand Wagoner for 2018, and the next-generation Wrangler for 2017. All of these models remain on track with production.