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Part of the reason why the Jeep Wrangler has been unable to establish a stronger international presence is because of its production constraints. It has always been sourced from one factory to fulfill its global demand

And since its domestic market is the most important, most of its sales have come from the US instead. That’s going to change this time around.

Jeep is pouring in $750 million into its Toledo plant in Ohio to boost the production capacity of its poster boy 4×4 from 240,000 units to 450,000 units per year, which includes the Wrangler Pickup as well.

This is made possible by relocating the production of the Jeep Cherokee to the automaker’s Belvidere plant in Illinois. That alone is costing Jeep over $300 million.

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The retool in Toledo is set to provide another 700 jobs, in line with the promise from FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne that the livelihoods of its workers in Ohio won’t be adversely affected.

As much as influence of the Wrangler is set to grow bigger, Jeep is also going bigger with the changes to be implemented for the next-gen 2018 model. For the sake of excitement and fuel economy, the off-roader is going to adopt a 300hp Hurricane turbo-four engine and a 3.0L turbo EcoDiesel for US buyers.

It is also taking on more aluminum in its construct, improving aerodynamics while retaining the same old-school face, and is going to come with a new eight-speed auto transmission. If you fear the slushbox, don’t worry, the six-speed manual will still be around and it has been updated for more convenient usage.

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  Part of the reason why the Jeep Wrangler has been unable to establish a stronger international presence is because of its production constraints. It has always been sourced from one factory to fulfill its global demand And since its domestic market is the most important, most of its sales have...