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Jeep Junior compact-SUV rendered ahead of launch: Will rival Kia Sonet

Jeep India is working on expanding its portfolio for the Indian market. They are working on a compact SUV that will become the most affordable vehicle from Jeep. There are strong rumours that the new compact SUV from Jeep might be named ‘Junior’. The vehicle has been codenamed Project 516 internally. The Global debut of the new compact SUV will happen around July 2022 while in India it can make an appearance in late 2022. Here we have a rendering done by an artist that gives us an idea about how the new vehicle might look like.

The rendering has been done by KDesign. The artist has imagined the front and the rear of the new Jeep Junior. He has not worked on the interior and the cabin design of the SUV.

The design of the rendered Junior looks really attractive with strong character lines and road presence. The design is a bit curvier than other Jeep SUVs which usually have straight right angles implemented in their design.

At the front, we can see Jeep’s 7-slat grille that is present on every Jeep vehicle. The Jeep logo itself sits on the flat bonnet. There are LED headlamps with LED Daytime Running Lamps. The design of the bumper has been inspired by the Jeep Grand Cherokee. There are also LED strips present beside the wide air dam. The air dam itself is finished in black. The SUV itself has a two-tone colour scheme. The vehicle is finished in white while the outside rearview mirrors, roof and all the pillars are finished in contrasting black.

At the side, there are 5-spoke alloy wheels finished in dark grey. The design is similar to the one found on the Jeep Compass. There is plastic cladding over the wheel arches and on the doors. The turn indicators are placed on the outside rearview mirrors and there are slim roof rails too which are there for aesthetic purposes only.

From the rear, the render has a very crossover look. There are slim wrap-around LED tail lamps with a light bar that stretches across the width of the SUV. Then there is a rear wiper with a washer and high mounted stop light too. There is a chunky bumper that is finished in black and there is a chrome strip placed on it. It also gets dual exhaust tips finished in chrome for a sportier appearance. There are also rear fog lamps that we can see in the render.

The Jeep Junior will be manufactured at FCA’s Ranjangaon facility in India. Jeep will be using the Peugeot’s Common Modular Platform also known as CMP. Being a compact SUV the Junior will stay under 4-metres.

It will get a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine that should produce around 130 hp of max power and 230 Nm of peak torque. There will be a manual gearbox and a 6-speed automatic gearbox. Jeep will also offer the higher variants with a 4×4 drivetrain that could be derived from Fiat Panda 4×4. There will be no diesel engine on offer.