Jeep confirms new sub-4 meter compact SUV for India: Maruti Brezza rival

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) India’s managing director Kevin Flynn has just confirmed that a brand new, sub-4 meter Jeep compact SUV is in the making for the Indian car market. It’ll be the least-priced Jeep that the brand has ever produced, and will rival vehicles, such as the Maruti Brezza, Ford EcoSport and the Tata Nexon in the highly competitive sub-4 meter SUV segment. The new ‘baby’ Jeep so to speak, will be launched in 2020, and will be much smaller than the Renegade, which hints that it’ll be an all-new model.

Jeep Sub 4 Meter Suv 1

Meanwhile, here’s what Mr. Flynn said about the new Jeep SUV,

“That (Jeep Compass Trailhawk) will be followed by the sub-4 metre SUV, which will be around the size of the Ford EcoSport and Maruti Brezza, in 2020.”

The new, sub-4 meter Jeep compact SUV is likely to be petrol-only considering the fact that the brand is not likely to make the 1.3-litre Fiat Multijet turbocharged diesel engine Bharat Stage 6 emission norms compliant. This means that Jeep will have to dig into the various small-capacity turbocharged diesel engines Fiat has in its global portfolio. A turbocharged petrol engine will allow the new Maruti Brezza challenger to be as torquey as a diesel, with decent fuel efficiency and more importantly emissions compliance. Both manual and automatic gearbox options are likely to be offered right from the outset.

Jeep Sub 4 Meter Suv 2

The Fiat Small Wide platform is expected to underpin the baby Jeep, which is also likely to be ready to accept hybrid and full-electric powertrains. While most variants will be front-wheel driven, the monocoque Jeep compact SUV is also expected to be offered with an all-wheel drive option on the top-end variants. As for pricing, expect the new Jeep to be priced between Rs. 7-8 lakhs. However, the SUV may be priced at a slight premium over the Maruti Brezza. India could become a production hub for the new sub-4 meter Jeep compact SUV, with exports likely to multiple countries around the world.