A supermini-sized ‘B-segment’ SUV will be added to the Chrysler Group’s 4x4 brand Jeep’s model lineup in 2013. At the Geneva Auto Show, Jeep’s CEO Mike Manley told Autocar that the company is developing a Jeep-brand B-segment SUV, which is expected to hit the road in 2013. Manley said that Chrysler’s alliance with Fiat is vital to coming up with engines and mechanicals for the hatchback.
It’s likely that Fiat’s 1.3- and 1.6-litre JDTm diesel engines, and its 1.4-litre MultiAir petrols, will be available for the model, most commonly with front-wheel drive.
It’s also probable that Fiat’s Grande Punto platform will be adapted to underpin the car, says Autocar. Manley said that offering four-wheel drive on the top-of-the-line models is “an absolute necessity.”
It’s also believed that the new Jeep will be comparable to premium superminis such as the Mini Cooper and Audi A1 with the length of its options list and the extent to which it can be customized to suit any taste.
Manley also said that ‘the Wrangler bloodline’ will be evident in the styling of the crossover hatchback. He said that its front-end will be a slightly softer and smaller updated version of the Wrangler’s iconic grille and headlight design.
Jeep is optimistic that the new car will be able to rival the Nissan Juke, which is experiencing success in the UK and around Europe. Jeep is also relying on this new car to attract the younger buyers to the Jeep brand.