Citing sources, Automotive News Europe reported that Fiat will assemble a "baby" Jeep in Italy that will be offered in Europe and maybe in the U.S. too. This Jeep would be smaller than the Patriot and Compass, which are the current entry SUVs of the brand.
Fiat's home plant of Mirafiori in Turin will produce this model beside a similar vehicle for Fiat brand that will be the replacement for the Sedici and an Alfa Romeo subcompact car that would be sold in Europe and North America.
Fiat’s initial plan had been for the Mirafiori plant to produce the replacement for the Jeep Compass and Patriot and an Alfa SUV that would have been equipped with systems and parts shared with the Jeep model.
With this revision in strategy, it seems likely that the single model, which is the replacement for the Patriot and Compass as well as its Alfa sibling, will be built in the U.S. The Patriot and Compass are presently being produced by Jeep in Belvidere, Illinois. Fiat didn’t provide details on what models will be produced in Mirafiori as part of the plant’s refurbishment.
However, the car company is hard at work in designing smaller models in order to cope with the rising demand of downsized vehicles, particularly in Europe.
Fiat issued a statement last Monday to announce that it will remodel Mirafiori to produce the latest modified version of one of its three main architectures, which will be used for different nameplates for its various brands.
Fiat controls 53.5% of Chrysler Group. Fiat also said that it will begin to develop the manufacturing infrastructure in 2012. A Jeep SUV, the first nameplate, is scheduled to start production in the second half of 2013.