‘Baby’ Jeep Might Be Announced By FCA On June 1

Jeep has been toying with the idea of offering a smaller than the Renegade model for quite some time now, and the time of finding out whether it will actually happen is approaching.

Jeep plans to announce their next five-year plan on June 1, on FCA’s special event that will include five-year plans for the rest of FCA’s brands, including Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Maserati and Ram.

If it receives the green light, the new small Jeep will be offered as the entry point in their range, sitting below the current Renegade.

“A smaller car than the Renegade is very interesting to us and we are actively looking at the project now,” said Jeep CEO Mike Manley to Autocar.

The carmaker wants to take advantage of the current market trends that favor compact SUVs in certain regions. “We’ve seen the general move in Europe towards smaller SUVs, and there could also be a market in Latin America,” Manley added.

Jeep however isn’t planning to offer the new model in China, where demand for smaller SUVs is more focused on domestic brands that offer strong value for money, according to the company’s CEO. The US market is also out of the question, according to previous reports.

The new baby Jeep will most likely use the same architecture with the next-generation Fiat Panda, following the example of the Renegade sharing its platform with the Fiat 500X. If that’s the case, Jeep will develop its own body and interior and use the running gear of the Fiat Panda 4×4.

FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne might even announce the name of his successor, as he’s going to retire at the end of the year.

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  • Dr Strangefinger

    A Pandriot perhaps?

    • Richard Sloman

      Reneganda…

      • Dr Strangefinger

        Right on!!

      • Benjamin B.

        Isn’t that a country in Africa? lol

  • ejd1984

    How much smaller can they go?

    Jeep Hiking Boots?

    • Nordschleife

      Right!!! A Jeep Tricycle.

    • TheHake

      That exists already.

    • Joe E

      Maybe it’s an officially FCA-sanctioned Jeep Power Wheels. “Now you’re driving for reals!!”

  • Frank Yoster

    imagine…a baby wrangler!that would be doppe!

  • Ilbirs

    What must be remembered is that as FCA sells in India, it has to deal with a tax regime that favors cars below the 4-meter mark. The group still doesn’t have a product with the seven-slot grille that fits this requirement, to a point that the Compass is built there but not the Renegade, despite the same underpinnings, as the smaller model would cost almost the same of the bigger one.
    A sub-4-meter Jeep would fit this requirement and maybe its platform is already riding, being not something that would be found in the next Panda but the MP1 that underpins the Fiat Argo, a small hatchback released in Brazil that has a length of exact 4 meters, something that I don’t consider incidental but a measure to make this car more saleable in India without much changes if it’s released there. Building something on this same base but fitting what Jeep needs isn’t absurd to consider.

  • Harry_Wild

    Baby Renegade?

  • SteersUright

    Smaller than the Renegade?!!
    That little “Jeep” is already SO TINY! Will this be some sort of Kei car version of a Jeep fo Japan only?

  • Benjamin B.

    not sold in the USDM though… 🙁

    • Vanishing Boy

      I am aware of that. We all know that the USDM market kinda sucks.

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