Late last year, it was announced that Jeep brand vehicles will be sold in India by Fiat Group Automobiles India Private Limited (FGAIPL). Between Fiat and Jeep, 9 new vehicles or model year vehicles will be introduced over the next few years. Earlier in the year, spyshots for Jeep Grand Cherokee and Jeep Wrangler started becoming readily available affirming the company’s commitment to launch the vehicles before the end of 2013. The latest on road viewing comes from Colvale, Goa.
To be imported as completely built units (CBU), the company’s focus now is on testing the vehicles on India’s roads. A mini convey of sorts, the 3 vehicles have never been camouflaged as is the practice by automakers. When looking into what lies under the hood, a 2.8-litre engine that records max power of 200bhp and 460Nm of torque is seen under the Jeep Wrangler. The Grand Cherokee is powered by a 3.0-litre turbocharged, V6 diesel engine that records max power of 237bhp and 550 Nm of peak torque.
Upon launch, Jeep sales will be through a dedicated Jeep dealer network, which will leverage service and parts support through Fiat’s existing dealer network that has been growing at an impressive rate. The end of the FY should see 110 Fiat dealerships in India. Jeep vehicles will first be available at metropolitan cities. Image courtesy