Jeep is working on a sub-4m compact-SUV that is expected to make its global debut in India and take on the likes of Maruti Vitara Brezza and Tata Nexon
Jeep is keen on entering the compact SUV space of the Indian car market. Currently, the smallest offering from the carmaker in our market is the Compass, which has been pitted against the likes of Hyundai Tucson and MG Hector. Since the affinity of buyers towards SUVs has seen an exponential rise, carmakers are coming up with SUVs in almost every segment of the market. In line with this, Jeep will next launch a sub-4M SUV that would compete with the likes of Tata Nexon and Hyundai Venue. The car will make its global debut from India only. Later on, the manufacturer will start exporting the car to other international markets.
Jeep's compact-SUV is expected to be based on the Rengade, sold internationally.
According to Marco Pigozzi, Head of Brand Marketing, Jeep Europe, the sub-4M SUV will not miss out on the Jeep’s off-road DNA. However, the car will also offer loads of practicality to ease-out everyday usage. The brand will not only launch the car with a multiple engine options but will also come up with an electrified version to compete with the Nexon EV and the likes. Also, the internal combustion engines will benefit from mild-hybrid assistance.
The Jeep compact-SUV is expected to be based on the same platform as the Renegade. The Renegade measure 4,232 mm in length, which is a shade over 4 meters, and it has a wheelbase of 2,570 mm. The Ssangyong Tivoli, which shares its underpinnings with the Mahindra XUV300 measures at 4,190 mm. Thus, modifying Renegade’s platform to develop the sub-4m SUV would not be a tough job for the Jeep engineers.
The Wrangler Rubicon comes loaded to the gills with a lot of offroading equipment on board.
In other news, Jeep has recently launched the Wrangler Rubicon in India at a price tag of Rs. 68.94 lakh. The first batch of the car stands soldout in the country. The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon is powered by a 2.0L 4-cylinder turbo-petrol engine which whips out a maximum power and torque output of 265 BHP and 400 Nm, respectively. The engine comes mated to an 8-speed automatic unit to channel the power to all 4-wheels of the car. It also gets a low-range transfer case with a crawl ratio of 77.2:1. Other highlights of the offroading arsenal of this behemoth include electronically lockable diffs at both the ends and an electric sway bar, which can be disconnected by the press of a button to provide a lot of articulation to the front axle.