Jeep Subcompact SUV Production To Begin Next Year
The Jeep lineup is set to expand over the next couple of years. As per the recent media reports, Jeep will be putting its smallest crossover into production by November 2022. Internally codenamed Project 516, it will be positioned below the Renegade and will sit on the CMP architecture, extensively used across brands coming under Stellantis. A recent report from Automotive News Europe stated that the European production for this small SUV is scheduled to commence from 2022 at the Tychy factory in Poland.
Jeep’s parent company FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) has merged with French conglomerate Groupe PSA (Peugeot and Citroen) and is now collectively known as Stellantis. As a result, the Jeep sub-4m SUV is expected to be underpinned by PSA’s Compact Modular Platform (CMP), which is compatible with electrified powertrains as well.
The brand will more likely be expanding its range further as a mild-hybrid variant will follow up as early as January 2024. The entry-level Jeep crossover will use powertrains from PSA and up to 1,10,000 units could be produced per annum. The mild-hybrid variant will have a front-wheel-drive layout with an electric motor positioned between the engine and gearbox.
By April 2023, the small crossover will be accompanied by a Fiat crossover codenamed Project 364 and is said to be inspired by the Centoventi concept unveiled in early 2019. Stellantis will target building 1,30,000 units of the Italian crossover annually. The report further stated that the Alfa Romero Brennero crossover has not received the green light for production yet. It could go into production in October 2023 though as an EV while a mild-hybrid variant could join the lineup half a year later before the arrival of an AWD system in 2024. Jeep India has been working on launching a three-row UV based on the Compass while the locally assembled Grand Cherokee is also in the pipeline.
Jeep Subcompact SUV Debut
The Jeep subcompact SUV will likely make its global debut in 2022 ahead of starting production in the second half of the year in Europe. It is expected to be launched in India by late-2022 or early 2023, after the three-row SUV that is slated to arrive in early 2022 here. This new sub-4m SUV would be competing in the same segment as the Nissan Magnite and Renault Kiger but it’s perceived to be a premium offering and will also rival premium sub-4m SUVs like Hyundai Venue, Kia Sonet, and even some compact SUVs like the Hyundai Creta.