A new smallest Jeep SUV will be a rival to the Fiat Panda
FCA is considering the possibility to develop a more compact model than the Jeep Renegade – the smallest car of the brand for today. The baby Jeep will be destined for Europe and other markets, where subcompact models are demanded, the Automotive News Europe reports.
A head of Jeep Mike Manley told reporters about it at the Auto Show in Detroit. The baby Jeep will be less than 4 meters long. If the project is approved, the model is planned to be produced at the Italian FCA plant in Pomigliano, near Naples, where the Fiat Panda is currently produced.
The new subcompact Jeep will be built on the FCA’s Mini platform – the same one on which the Fiat Panda and 500 minicars are developed, including the Lancia Ypsilo, produced at the Tychy plant in Poland.
By the way, the Fiat Panda of the next generation, expected in 2020, will be released in Poland: there they intend to move the production of this car from Italy.
Today, the cheapest Jeep model is the Renegade, the price of which starts in Germany from 20,000 euros for the front-wheel drive version and from 27,500 euros – for a car with four-wheel drive.
FCA sells in Europe a 4WD 3.7-meter version of the Panda Cross with SUV touches, costing from 1,600 euros in the market of Germany. The only other SUVs up to 4 meters long available in Europe are the Suzuki Jimmy and Ignis, as well as a slightly longer Ford Ecosport (4.1 m).
The decision to launch the new Jeep subcompact model is likely to be made in June of this year, when Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will present its plan for 2018-2022. At the suggestion of Jeep, the novelty should preserve the DNA of the brand.
In the photo – the Fiat Panda Cross, on the basis of which, as expected, a new baby Jeep will be built