Jeep Confirms New 2020 Launch. Is The Sub Compact SUV The Iconic Renegade?

Over the years, Jeep has been one automobile brand that has captivated all auto lovers irrespective of their language and geography. The brands ‘Go Anywhere, Do Anything’ motto is reflected aptly in the design, strength and power of their products. In India its recent offering the Jeep Compass has performed neck to neck when compared to long reigning and immediate competitor Toyota Fortuner.

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The sales figures for the Jeep Compass reflect the love and admiration it has received from its Indian Audience within a short span of time. Hence, when Jeep’s five-year India roadmap confirmed the development of an all new sub-four-metre SUV, the immediate excitement and longing for the product did not come as a surprise to many. Now Kevin Flynn, managing director, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles India, has confirmed a 2020 launch of the compact SUV.

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Speculations are ripe that the new offering is Renegade which is the current sub SUV rockstar of the American roads. When launched the Indian version would be be the smallest model to wear the Jeep badge. The Compact SUV will be loadeds with features as well as customization option. It could well be the new flag bearer for the brand on the Indian Roads. Upon launch it will lock horns with the likes of Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon and Ford EcoSport as well as upcoming compact SUV models from Kia, Hyundai, and Mahindra.

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Reportedly, the Jeep factory will initially produce front-wheel-drive platform models only. And later an all-wheel-drive version could be released. Jeep has been very clever with its offerings for the Indian Automobile market. The new offering will tap on the potential of India’s booming small SUV segment. And key attraction for Indian Customers would definitely be

  • The iconic Wrangler inspired design with an upright stance.

  • Legendary seven-slot grille

  • Round headlamps

  • Off-road ability

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To stay price competitive, Jeep may use Compass, FCA’s plant at Ranjangaon in Maharashtra for production. With India’s compact SUV market already buzzing with a host of splendid option, the announcement from JEEP would certainly make other compact SUV players prudent.