The tiny SUV will be sold only in countries where pint-sized cars are very popular.
Jeep has a busy agenda up ahead as the next-generation Wrangler will debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show this December ahead of reaching dealerships at the beginning of next year. Later in 2018, its pickup derivative - rumored to be called Scrambler – will be unveiled before hitting the assembly line towards the end of the year, with dealers getting the utilitarian model from early 2019.
These two are just the tip of the iceberg as Automotive News has it on good authority Jeep is preparing to downsize by developing an A-segment SUV to slot below the Renegade. However, it won’t actually be sold in North America as it will be available only in some parts of the world where people are quite fond of tiny cars.
It is not actually the first time we’re hearing about a new entry-level model taking into account at the Paris Motor Show last year, Jeep boss admitted in an interview with Autocar the company was toying around with the idea of doing a sub-four-meter SUV. Mike Manley said the following:
“I’m pretty confident that it is going to be a viable segment for us in the future. The reality is that we have to go through all of the usual business planning processes first.”
He went on to specify such a model would live up to the Jeep badge by providing the same go-anywhere capabilities. While nothing is official at this point, a new small model codenamed “526” is apparently in the works for India and it might be built locally. It’s too soon to say whether it’s the same model AN is mentioning in its report, and if it is, will it be sold outside the world’s second most populous country?
Elsewhere in Jeep’s lineup, the Compass won’t be updated until the end of the decade while the Cherokee is going to be refreshed in 2021. The bigger Grand Cherokee was supposed to be revised in 2018, but apparently it has been pushed back for a 2019 launch as a 2020MY with a lower weight and consequently better fuel economy.
Lastly, the body-on-frame Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer will be based on the Ram 1500 and are expected to see the light of day in 2020. A fully loaded seven-seat Grand Wagoneer has already been confirmed by Manley to hit the $100,000 mark while at the other end, a base Wagoneer will cost approximately $60,000.
Source: Automotive News