Jeep is planning in the next few years to produce a compact model that will refresh its lineup of entry-level cars.
The new model is set to be more affordable than the cute renegade, meaning that its price will start in the region of $21,000.
According to Jeep’s head Mike Manley, the idea of producing a new model that is more compact than the small crossover is appealing.
It’s possible that the new car will be built on the same platform as the Renegade itself. However, since it will be an even smaller model, it may require a new platform that suits it best, particularly in terms of lightness.
There’s also a possibility that the new mini Jeep will share the same platform as a Fiat model, given that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is no stranger to such a strategy. If that’s the case, then it could probably use the platform of the next-gen Panda Cross.
The reason why launching a new, more compact Jeep is a good idea – according to Manley – is that he sees a potential market in Europe and Latin America, although ruling out the Chinese market due to the fact that it won’t welcome smaller SUVs except the domestic ones, since they’re able to offer quality at lower price.
For further details about the future cousin of the Renegade, we will have to wait until 1 June and see what FCA will say about the compact model when it outlines the new five-year plan for all of its brands.