A new Jeep sub-4-metre compact SUV is expected to be launched in the Indian auto market in 2022 and would be positioned as a premium product that will rival the Kia Sonet
Jeep (under FCA) group has six offerings in its international portfolio: Renegade, Compass, Gladiator, Grand Cherokee, Cherokee and Wrangler. Meanwhile, there are only three Jeep models in the Indian auto market: Grand Cherokee, Wrangler and Compass. The locally-made Jeep Compass accounts for most of the profits of the American automaker in the Indian market since the other models belong to luxury segments.
The new Jeep baby SUV will be positioned below the Jeep Renegade and take on the likes of upcoming Kia Sonet
The Jeep Renegade, a subcompact SUV (still over four metres in length) which is offered as an entry-level Jeep car positioned above the Jeep Compass in some global markets, has long been awaited to make its debut. The SUV has been spied in India several times but not until two years later will it be launched in the country. Fortunately, several cars are also expected to enter the Indian auto market by 2022. Jeep is rumoured to be developing an all-new baby SUV (perhaps under four metres in length) for some Asian and European auto markets. It would be positioned below the Jeep Renegade and become the auto manufacturer’s most affordable product. Inspired by the 2017 Jeep Yuntu concept, Motor 1 has rendered the upcoming 2022 ‘Jeep baby SUV’. Firstly, let’s have a look at the rendering below.
The vehicle is likely to be underpinned by a different platform which is the product of the recent FCA-PSA merger. Several reasonably-priced Peugeot, Citroen or Fiat future products are also expected to utilize this platform as well. A few electrified products (like PHEVs) are also expected to come with a similar platform. Most OEMs which are working on a new platform are giving priority to practicality which means that their platforms can also support electric and hybrid powertrains. While this is just a speculative render, it looks promising and interesting. You should not come into any conclusion regarding its appearance or specifications.
The 7-seater Jeep Compass will directly compete against the Tata Gravitas and the MG Hector Plus
Jeep is also developing a three-row version of the Jeep Compass for the emerging markets. Recently spied with heavy camouflage on Brazilian roads, the model is expected to be launched in India in the foreseeable future to become the direct competitor against the upcoming Tata Gravitas and the MG Hector Plus.