After the heady success of the Jeep Compass in India, the American SUV specialist is lining up two more vehicles for India. One SUV will be a sub-4 meter, Maruti Brezza rivaling model that will sit under the Compass and the other will be a three-row, 7-seat SUV that is expected to rub shoulders with the Toyota Fortuner. Both SUVs will be launched in India during 2022. So, for the next three years or so, a steady stream of Compass updates and facelifts is what will keep Jeep occupied in the mass market. For the high-end SUV market, Jeep will introduce the all-new Wrangler and updated Grand Cherokee models.
What this also means is that the Renegade SUV, which has been spotted testing in India multiple times, is not a part of Jeep’s 2022 launch plan for the Indian market. That said, there’s no clear indication on whether the Maruti Brezza challenging sub-4 meter Jeep will be a shortened version of the Renegade. It’s more likely that the sub-4 meter Jeep will be an all-new product, engineered from scratch, for global markets including India.
The ‘baby’ Jeep will be the brand’s most affordable offering, and is expected to be front-wheel driven across most variants, except for a top-spec trim that could bring in an all-wheel drive layout to satisfy the Jeep ethos. It’s likely to be priced under Rs. 10 lakhs, bang in Maruti Brezza territory.
Not much is known about the 3-row, 7-seat offering from Jeep for now, which is expected to square off against the Toyota Fortuner. Expect more details, about this Toyota Fortuner challenger, to surface in the coming months. Both new vehicles from the brand are expected to be built in India, with high levels of localisation.
This will not only allow Jeep to price them very competitively, but will also allow the brand to use its Indian factory as a low-cost production hub, a strategy that worked very well for the Compass. The new SUVs will meet the upcoming BNVSAP safety norms and will most certainly meet the Bharat Stage 6 emission norms.