The Jeep C SUV (codename 551) has been in the news for quite sometime now and the first prototype was spotted in Brazil earlier this year. As the compact crossover nears production, a new fully camouflaged test mule was caught testing in Europe.
The C-Segment crossover will be positioned between the Renegade mini SUV and Cherokee in the American SUV specialist’s global portfolio. The car will serve as a single product replacement for both Compass and Patriot models.
The C SUV is based on the stretched version of the FCA Small Wide modular platform that also underpins the Renegade, Fiat 500L, Fiat 500X, Alfa Romeo MiTo, etc. The RHD version of the new Jeep will be manufactured at the Indian plant in Ranjangaon which is jointly owned by FCA and Tata Motors. FCA will invest INR 1800 cr on expanding the Ranjangon plant to accommodate the new product.
Rushlane has learnt that the C SUV will have a high level of localization and will be exported from India to RHD markets like Australia, South Africa, etc. Fiat of Brazil would be responsible for manufacturing LHD version.
The Jeep C SUV for the Indian market would be powered by the 2.0-litre MultiJet diesel motor. Transmission options is expected to include a 6-speed manual and a 5-speed automatic unit. Both front-wheel drive and 4×4 systems are expected along with a trail-rated Trailhawk variant.
The new Jeep is expected to be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show 2016.
Jeep C SUV – Spyshots
Via – Motoroctane.com