Jeep is currently considering the launch of a small SUV smaller than the current Renegade in its range.
Today, and for a few years already, all manufacturers, or almost, are turning massively towards SUVs. This is particularly the case with Jeep, whose little Renegade is currently enjoying great success, with more than 9,000 units sold over the past year. It must be said that the best-seller of the American brand, which also embodies the entry-level knows how to make the charm work, in particular thanks to its small size. An ideal size for city customers, which does not prevent the manufacturer from considering the development of a model positioned even below, as revealed by our colleagues from Caradisiac. The firm is indeed currently developing a “Baby Jeep”, which should notably borrow some technical elements from the Peugeot 2008, while the merger between FCA and PSA is somewhat slowed down at the moment.
This new model, which should see the light of day by 2022 should therefore be positioned below the current Jeep Renegade, displaying a length of about four meters. According to our colleagues, this one will inherit a style close to its big brother, while displaying however lines a little more dynamic than the latter, thanks in particular to a cut SUV silhouette. Inside, this newcomer to the range should display a presentation similar to what we currently know, also inheriting the same infotainment system. The space on board as well as the volume of the trunk should be more limited, but it will still be necessary to show a little patience before knowing more about it. One thing is certain, this newcomer will be able to accommodate five people on board, as our colleagues point out.
Peugeot 2008 platform
Taking advantage of its rapprochement with the PSA group as part of the merger initiated last year, Jeep will use Peugeot to develop its small SUV. This should indeed be based on the CMP platform of the new 208 and 2008, which could however undergo slight modifications. But that’s not all, because this “Baby Jeep”, whose name is not yet known, will also take up the range of engines of the Sochaux SUV, with petrol and diesel thermal proposals. On the other hand, and unlike its tricolor cousin, this newcomer to the American manufacturer’s catalog should also turn to hybridization, in addition to offering a 100% electric version.
We will therefore have to wait a little longer before having a little more information on this small SUV signed Jeep, the price of which should be around €18,000 in its entry-level version. It remains to be seen when it will be officially unveiled, while its launch is not scheduled before 2022.