The Jeep Renegade has been spotted testing near Mudumalai National Park in Tamil Nadu by Rushlane reader Nithin Ben. The interesting bit is, the vehicle was accompanied by the Skoda Yeti which appears to be one of the benchmark vehicles.
FCA’s Indian subsidiary had gone on record previously to say that the Renegade is too small for the market. So why is it testing in India? Well, it appears to be testing certain hardware (including the powertrain) that will be shared with the upcoming Jeep C-SUV (Project 551).
The Skoda Yeti is powered by a 2.0-litre diesel engine so we suspect the Renegade test mule to be powered by the 2.0-litre MultiJet diesel engine
To recap, the C-SUV would be a size larger than the Renegade but it will share the same platform. Touted to be a successor to Compass and Patriot, the C-SUV will have Brazil and India as its primary production locations. It will be pitted against the likes of Skoda Yeti and Honda CR-V.
The premium crossover will be made at FCA’s Ranjangaon plant (co-owned by Tata Motors) near Pune which will be expanded for the purpose. Production is expected to commence in late 2017 or early 2018.