• Jan 18th 2010 at 9:01AM
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Three months ago, Chrysler – under the control of Italian automaker Fiat after going through bankruptcy proceedings in the United States – unveiled a sweeping five-year business plan that would either replace or comprehensively rework every single product in the Pentastar's lineup. Included amongst the casualties will be the Jeep Patriot and Compass twins at the end of 2012.

Industry analysts have widely speculated that America would get a version of the Fiat Panda wearing the famous seven-slot Jeep grille. That vehicle would occupy the small end of the market, meaning that Jeep would need something to fall size-wise between it and the larger Grand Cherokee.

According to Autocar, Jeep will get another new CUV using an as-yet-unknown nameplate (Liberty?) that would be based on the Fiat's C-EVO platform – which will also be used for a number of Chrysler's midsize sedans and crossovers. We would imagine that the Jeep version would get suitably capable off-road equipment, but that remains to be seen.

[Source: Autocar]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      You don't realize how small the Panda is - Even the 4x4 version. It's a subcompact car, like a Yaris or a Fiesta. Make it a Jeep, but don't call it like a replacement for the Compass, cause it's much, much smaller!
        • 5 Years Ago

        You're right, in fact the 500 is based on the Panda, I forgot that part. They sell so good in Italy, I saw them everywhere.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's smaller still, a Grande Punto is a Yaris/Fiesta competitor.
        The Panda is about the same in size as a 500.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Absolutely the wrong direction for Jeep to take. You'd think they would have learned something from the train wreck of a replacement program they had for the Cherokee.

      I used to think that only Diamler could have been so stupid as to throw away such an iconic nameplate as the Cherokee in the US market by replaceing it with a renamed soft-roader. FIAT seems destined to magnify the mistake by watering down even the Liberty-Patriot.

      You'd think that the folks at Chrysler would finally "get it" about the Jeep brand. One of the few times that they have ever listened to thier customers resulted in the good selling Wrangler Unlimited. But will they listen us about the J-8, Gladiator, Dakar, Cherokee, diesel motors, solid front axles, straight six motors, etc? Not a chance.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Keep you EV and give me a 4 cyl turbo diesel and call it a day.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Calm down everyone. No need to get all in a huff just yet. Attached is some information you Autobloggers might find beneficial to your arguments or perceptions.

      Read: http://www.motorauthority.com/blog/1041638_report-jeep-planning-models-based-on-fiat-c-evo-platform
      • 5 Years Ago
      This was pretty clearly laid out in the presentation from back in November. So, it's not so much news.
      • 5 Years Ago
      To my humble knowledge .. ( i don't know what a soft roader is ) we don't really care much for large SUVs here.

      But there are some vehicles from Fiat ( not in Europe tho ) that could classify as smaller jeep or a CUV/SUV thingy .

      Here's the Palio Adventure Locker which is a third world based car .. made using one of the cheapest Fiat cars . the Palio ( costs something between $8500 to $12000 ) .


      in fact there's a whole range of cars from that cheap palio
      a 3 door hatch - 5 door hatch - a 1.8 Sport 3DR version ( GM 1.8 Torque engine )

      5 door van - pickup - station - CUV/SUV

      so that's just from one cheap platform ,I can't imagine what can they do with the C-Evo is fiats largest platform for now ( Bravo - Delta - Alfa 149 )

      And to my HUMBLE knowledge again at least here where the last gen liberty was a hit ( was actualy being built here as a CKD project)
      I didn't see the Liberty as the ultimate car in that category .
      • 5 Years Ago
      Pretty stupid, why not make a new, Liberty replacing, Cherokee based on the Wrangler instead? this C-Evo car can replace the Patriot or Compass.
      • 5 Years Ago
      AngeloD you are so right. I have a Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon and love the vehicle. The only true Jeep line left. Unfortunately there is no pickup option (need one to replace the wife's Ranger). The only thing my Jeep needs is a better engine (diesel anyone?). Why would I pay for a soft roader from Fiat when there are better (proven) Japaneese models out there. It seems that if Jeep follows this path, this will be my only Jeep product.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Some of you guys aren't understanding Fiat's reason for this.

      It's really very simple. Italy and Germany are getting their revenge on us for beating the crap out of them back in World War II. And what better way to do it than by ruining the nameplate of the vehicle that made it possible?

      I wonder what'll happen when Toyota takes over GM and "reworks" the Corvette. They'll probably give it a hybrid motor and a 1.5 liter four-cylinder engine.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Fiat Aviazione/Aerospace was bought by Bush (Carlyle Group). VW is 12% Arab. On the other hand Chrsyler still can be 50% American. Some years ago was 80% German. Better italoamerican than german for me.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Chrysler Plan for Jeep as laid out in the Jeep Brand PDF calls for the D-Evo architecture to be used as a Liberty replacement and the C-Evo architecture to be used as a Patriot replacement.

      The small Panda-based suv would be a new entry in the B segment.

      This is old news dating back to November 4, 2009.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Soft roaders will only dilute the Jeep brand and heritage.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It has never ceased to amaze and astound me how struggling corporations can so blatantly ignore their own customer base...especially when trying to restructure after bankruptcy.

      Jeep and Chrysler loyalists have been giving the company bosses free advice...for success...for a long time...but have they listened? Obviously not!

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