Jeep is working on many products for the Indian market. They have a compact SUV and a full-size 7-seater SUV that will be launching in our country. Here, we have a rendering of a mid-size SUV by Jeep that will go against the likes of Hyundai Creta, Renault Duster, Nissan Kicks, Maruti Suzuki S-Cross and the Kia Seltos. The rendering has been done by KDesign AG and it does look quite attractive. Obviously, the final product from Jeep will look different from the rendering but this does give us an idea of some of the design elements that Jeep could use for the future SUV.
Up-front we can see the typical up-right 7-slat grille with a flat bonnet that is also seen on other Jeep SUVs. The front of the SUV does resemble a lot to the Grand Cherokee SUV. It comes with LED headlamps with LED Daytime Running Lamps that are integrated into the headlamps as eyebrows. There is a huge air dam in the bumper that houses the front parking sensors and tow hooks which gives a rugged look to the SUV. There are blacked-out fog lamp housing with LED foglamps.
At the side profile, there are 5-spoke alloy wheels similar to the ones found on the current Compass. It gets flush sitting door handles and piano black window trim with a hint of chrome towards the outside of the trim. The DUV also gets flared wheel arches with black plastic cladding to accentuate the SUV-ness. At the rear, there are slim wrap around LED tail lamps. The rear glass is steeply raked and has a unique shape to it. The lower half of the bumper is finished in black and it also has two faux exhaust pipes integrated into the bumper.
When Jeep decides to launch a mid-size SUV in the Indian market. It can come with the same engine options as the Compass. However, there is a possisblity that the engines are in a different state of tune. So, there would be a 1.4-litre turbo-petrol that produces 163 PS of max power and 250 Nm of peak torque. The 2.0-litre diesel engine would produce 170 PS of max power and peak torque output of 350 Nm. Both the engines would be offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard. There would also be an option of automatic transmission with both the engines. In a true Jeep fashion, there would be 4×4 drivetrain with a low range gearbox on the higher variants that are powered by the diesel engine.
Jeep can use the CMP or Common Modular Plaform from Citroen for the upcoming SUV. They are doing the same with their upcoming compact SUV. The platform is already being used to underpin Citroen’s and Peugeot vehicles in the international market. The Common Modular Platform is known for its versatility. It can be used to build different body styles such as hatchbacks, compact SUVs, mid-size SUVs and even sedans. It also supports different powertrain options such as diesel, petrol, electric and even hybrid.