Jeep remains tightlipped about a possible subcompact SUV that it is reportedly working on and one that will be slotted below the Renegade which is currently its smallest offering globally. There are possibilities of a new launch in this space from Jeep as per company boss Mike Manley but there are challenges pertaining to the retention of the off-roading DNA of Jeep with this sub-4m SUV. This car may not be sold in the United States if it is introduced since demand there is lower for subcompact SUVs as compared to European markets (where it may be launched) and other regions.
The latest reports state that Jeep will take a final decision on the fate of this subcompact SUV by June, 2018 which is when the FCA blueprint for 2018-22 will also be introduced. In case the subcompact SUV is finalized, it may be manufactured in Italy at the FCA plant at Pomigliano near Naples. This plant currently manufactures the popular Fiat Panda which will be shifting to the manufacturing unit in Poland sometime by 2020 as per reports. This will free up room for the new Jeep sub-compact SUV to be made here. The subcompact SUV may make use of the FCA Mini platform which is used for the Panda and Fiat 500 cars in tandem with the Lancia Ypilson.
Whether the subcompact SUV will be coming to India or not is still unknown although it could be an attractive proposition for Indian customers who have been demonstrating a marked preference for compact crossovers and SUVs across segments. The Jeep Renegade may be the next launch from the company in the Indian market and this will be positioned below the Jeep Compass as a potential rival to the Hyundai Creta according to reports.
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