At an event in Melfi, factory chairman, John Elkann, and Sergio Marchionne, Chairman and CEO of Fiat-Chrysler, confirmed that work is already underway to prepare the factory for the arrival of the two new models.
Key to this in the investment over €1billion (£810million) in the Melfi plant, which Fiat claims is now one of the most technologically advanced car factories in the world.
We’ve already had a sneak peak of the 500X crossover, which joins the 500L and forthcoming 500XL in continuing Fiat’s plan to expand the 500 marque into a sub-brand of its own.
Details are yet to be revealed of the new Jeep, although it has been confirmed that the new car will fit into a sector in which Jeep has never competed before. Given its small size, a B-segment rival to the Nissan Juke and Ford EcoSport is most likely.
As for the Melfi plant, the factory now has new panel and body welding lines, new welding robots, upgrades to the assembly area and new technologies involving paintwork for the new cars.
The plant currently builds the Fiat Punto and Lancia Ypsilon, but the upgrades mean that the two new crossovers can be assembled on the same lines, with the total capacity for production per day up to 1,600.