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Jeep Renegade spotted testing in India with Skoda Yeti in tow

 
Jeep Renegade spied India with Skoda Yeti (1)

It could be testing some components which will go in the C-SUV.

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).

Jeep Renegade spied India with Skoda Yeti (2)

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.

Jeep Renegade spied India with Skoda Yeti (3)

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.

 

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Nithyanandh Karuppaswamy

Winner of national level automotive quiz competitions, Nithyanandh aka Nithz jumped into the blogosphere right after gaining a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Love for automobiles and an even greater drive to share his knowledge with the automotive community, Nithz is Deputy Editor at RushLane.

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