Jeep is working on a new sub-4 metre compact SUV. It will share quite a few of its underpinnings with the PSA Group’s compact SUV, Citroen C3. It will be smaller than the Jeep Renegade. There were few test mules of the Renegade in India but Jeep cannot launch the Renegade in India because it is larger than 4 metres so it would not be able to take tax advantages. Here, we have a render of how Jeep’s new sub-4 metre compact SUV might look like.
At the front, we can see that there is Jeep’s 7-slat grille and a sleek headlamp setup. There are very unique LED Daytime Running Lamps integrated into the headlamps. There is a Jeep badging on the bonnet which is flat to give that SUV look. The bumper looks quite rugged with black lower half and a faux skid plate finished in silver.
The SUV is finished in a unique shade of blue. Interestingly, there are no rear door handles. There is a black plastic cladding that runs throughout the side profile of the SUV. Also, there are 5-spoke alloy wheels finished in gunmetal grey and roof rails.
The artist has not rendered the rear or the interior of the SUV. Also, it is important to note that this is just an imagination of the artist. The final production-spec compact SUV from Jeep will look different than this.
Jeep’s compact SUV
Jeep’s compact SUV is expected to debut by the end of 2022. It will be based on the CMP platform and will measure under 4 metres. CMP stands for Common Modular Platform. It is a very versatile platform that belongs to Groupe PSA. The CMP platform can be used to make sedans, compact SUVs, mid-size SUVs and hatchbacks. It supports different powertrains such as petrol, electric, hybrid and diesel.
The same platform will be used on the upcoming Citroen C3. Also, vehicles that are sold in foreign markets like Peugeot 208, Citroen C4, Opel Corsa, Peugeot 2008 etc. use the CMP platform. Jeep will also use the same underpinning such as suspension setup, engine and transmission. So, we expect Jeep’s compact SUV will come with a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine. The engine is expected to produce somewhere around 100 PS of max power.
Some of the underpinnings can be shared with Panda 4×4 because currently, it is the smallest vehicle that Jeep produces. The compact SUV will primarily be front-wheel drive and it will send power to the rear wheels only when it detects slippage or traction loss. The 4×4 system will only be offered on the higher variants.
Sharing components will help Jeep in saving a lot of development costs. This will help them in reducing manufacturing costs and they will be able to price the compact SUV aggressively in the Indian market. We expect Jeep’s compact SUV to be slightly on the premium side when compared to other compact SUVs that are available in our market.
Jeep’s compact SUV will be competing against Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Toyota Urban Cruiser, Hyundai Venue, Kia Sonet, Tata Nexon and Mahindra XUV300.