Autossegredos.com.br reports that, according to its sources, the Jeep C-SUV (codenamed Project 551) which is being developed primarily in Brazil is likely to make its world premiere at the 2016 Sao Paulo Motor Show in November before visiting auto shows in the US. The production of the model, however, is not expected to commence before 2017.
The C-SUV which is touted to be a single product replacement of the Campus and Patriot will have Brazil and India as its primary manufacturing locations. While FCA Brazil’s Pernambuco plant will be in charge of LHD models, FCA India’s Ranjangaon plant (to be expanded to accommodate the model) will mainly focus on the RHD version.
The development process is believed to be in the final stages. The camouflaged prototypes which were spied in Brazil clearly indicate that the new Jeep is bigger than the Renegade and smaller than the Cherokee. People in the know have told the Brazilian media that the car will look like a downsized Grand Cherokee as far as exterior styling is concerned.
The Jeep C-SUV derives its platform from the Renegade. While Brazilian market will receive flex-fuel engines that can run on both ethanol and petrol, the India-spec version would offer petrol and diesel engine options. Production in India is expected to commence a few months after it meets the assembly line in Brazil.
We have learnt that the new Jeep will be premium in quality like the one offered by German brands, but will be priced in the INR 20 lakh range. Jeep India showcased three of its products at the 2016 Auto Expo and has announced that it will start its operations in mid-2016.
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via – Autossegredos.com.br