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Jeep C SUV spotted testing in Europe; to be made in India

Jeep C SUV spyshot Europe

Production in India is likely to commence in 2017.

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.

Jeep C SUV spyshot Europe rear three quarter

The C SUV will rival the likes of Skoda Yeti and Honda CR-V.

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

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  • Sansiddha Pani

    I imagine this would be a replacement for Compass/Patriot twins, ie slightly larger than the Renegade.

    I think the Renegade would be a better fit for India. The Rengade would
    compete directly with the likes of the Creta/S-cross/Duster trio. The C-SUV which definitely looks a bit larger is probably closer in size to a XUV500.

    they can bring both in and give Jeep a considerable range in India by
    giving it a nice range of 5 cars, the Renegade, C-SUV being made in
    India, along with the Cherokee and Grand Cherokee as CKDs and of course
    the Wrangler as CBU. Such a range would help establish the Jeep brand in
    India as a great SUV brand.

    The Renegade should
    come with 90hp 1.3MJD with C510 GB and 120hp 1.6MJD with the C635 GB,
    while the C-SUV should come with the 140hp 2L MJD with the C635 GB.
    Pricing targets for the Renegade should be between 8-14L while for the
    C-SUV between 13-17L. The Cherokee and Grand Cherokee can also use a
    made in India 2L MJD for their base variants and possibly the VM 3L V6
    in the more premium variants. The Grand Cherokee SRT with the 6.4L V8
    could be brought in as a CBU too.

    • Mamoon Kosvi

      Exactly !

  • Jon Philip

    Finally from speculations to reality…