The upcoming Jeep B-SUV to rival Maruti Vitara Brezza will be a new true off-roader in Jeep family, as confirmed by FCA India’s CEO and Managing Director, Kelvin Flynn.
Jeep is gearing up for an all-new sub-four-metre B-SUV for India. According to a recent report, Jeep’s mother company, FCA India has revealed that the all-new B-segment SUV for India has been in the process and it would be developed with stellar off-roading skills.
Jeep is set to introduce an all-new B-SUV for the Indian market, which is said to have excellent off-roading talents.
Back in 2016, Jeep started its innings in the Indian market with the introduction of the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited and Jeep Grand Cherokee. However, it’s until the second half of 2017 when the company gained traction among the domestic buyers with the well-received Jeep Compass that managed to heat up the D-SUV segment. Though being quite a runaway hit in the Indian car space, the Compass could not maintain the momentum for any longer due to the growing competition. Despite the company’s great attempts with some special editions, new Compass variants, and the recently-launched Compass Trailhawk, it is definite that Jeep needs a brand new SUV to boost up the sales volume. Jeep decided to develop a new sub-four-metre SUV that is targeted to lock horns with the Maruti Vitara Brezza, Mahindra XUV300, Tata Nexon, Hyundai Venue and Ford Ecosport.
Along with the newly-launched Jeep Compass Trailhawk, the all-new Jeep SUV is believed to push the sales figures to a higher extent.
Codenamed Jeep 526, the new compact SUV from Jeep is expected to be pinned on the GM Fiat Small platform that also underpins the Fiat Panda and the Jeep Renegade. It will get a smaller dimension as compared to the Renegade that makes it the smallest SUV in the model range. As stated earlier, the all-new Jeep B-SUV will obtain real off-road focused capabilities.
The upcoming compact SUV from Jeep is confirmed to be smaller than the Renegade, making it the smallest member in the family.
Jeep’s new compact SUV will be positioned above the Compass. Just like the Compass, the new model will most likely to be manufactured locally at the Ranjangaon facility and could be exported to other right-hand-drive markets. Jeep is in the works to increase the production capacity of the plant by 80,000 units, contributing to the total capacity of 2,40,000. For now, the carmaker is still tight-lipped about the launch timeline of the new SUV for India. In another development, the company has revealed its plan to launch the next-gen Wrangler in India and upgrade all variants of the Compass to BSVI compliance.