• Mar 4, 2011
According to Autocar, Jeep CEO Mike Manley has confirmed that his company is working on a new B-segment SUV. At this year's Geneva Motor Show, Manley said that there's room in the small SUV market for an offering from Jeep, and that the vehicle should touch down in 2013. If that's the case, odds are high that the company will turn to Fiat for the pint-sized SUV's bones. That may mean that Americans will finally be able to sink their teeth into the Grande Punto, even if the vehicle does wear significantly different sheet metal.

Jeep may also make use of Fiat drivetrains for the project. European buyers will likely be able to enjoy the Italian automaker's 1.3-liter and 1.6-liter diesel mills while Americans are more apt to see a 1.4-liter Multiair gasoline four-pot under the hood. All three of those lumps are typically associated with a front-wheel-drive transaxle, though Manley said that four-wheel drive will make an appearance on top-end models.

[Source: Autocar | Image: Zach Bowman/AOL]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      think you r a little confused abaut segments
      • 3 Years Ago
      B-segment Jeep is probably a good idea for Jeep's presence overseas, but it will GREATLY suffer in US. Do I really need to mention the Patriot/Compass failures?
        • 3 Years Ago
        The Patriot and Compass failed because they were among the worst vehicles on the road, up there with the Chevy Aveo, though reportedly the updates are better, and they split the market for a surprisingly awful Jeep compact between them, which makes their sales numbers look worse. Basing the likelihood of a B-segment SUV succeeding on them is silly.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ weegeean

        Not to pick nits, but JP magazine has no affiliation with the Jeep/Chrysler corporation other than being dedicated solely to Jeep vehicles. They are wholly owned by an independent publishing company.
        • 3 Years Ago
        The Compass/Patriot twins combined sell more than the Liberty, and reasonably well for vehicles which have been called the "worst vehicles ever" by several review magazines, including Consumer Reports and Jeep's very own JP Magazine.

        Realistically, the three things which killed the Patriot and Compass were 1) the fact that they built two separate lower-quality crossovers rather than one good one, and 2) reviewers and Jeep fans crying in their beer about how they aren't real Jeeps and Chrysler won't listen to us and bring back the XJ boo hoo hoo, and 3) in 2007 they were absolute pieces of ass that you'd have to be a loony to think was even average in the segment. I've seen both 2007s and 2011s in person and in all seriousness had the 2011 been released back in 2007 it would have been top of the class and subject to quite a few rave reviews. Even by today's standards it's pretty reasonable for refinement and overall quality.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Wee: But seriously... they need to bring back the XJ. Or release a new XJ. People want a small, good-looking and capable SUV from Jeep.
        • 3 Years Ago
        No kidding, this is a bad idea. Too bad there's nothing they can do about it. They need a vehicle to bring their MPG average to within regulation. :-(

        True utility vehicles are disappearing before my eyes!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Agreed, If Jeep is going to do this. It about damn time they brought in one of Fiats 4cyl diesels to power it. It will sell if you give the chance to prove its self. A small diesel Jeep sounds amazing!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why not bring the panda?
      It seems to be well thought of, and they could have had it here a lot earlier than 2013 I would guess.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Modern platforms are very flexible things. The Dacia Duster, which is not a particularly small 4X4, is built on a very modified Renault Clio (old Clio) platform, and that gets excellent reviews for its off road capability. The Clio is the same size as the Fiat Punto.

      Fiat already has a 4X4 Panda, which has the original platform that the 500 is built on, and this tiny car is itself very capable on the slippery muddy stuff, but it is not intended for yomping over deserts and through jungles, and it has small engines that would not meet American expectations at all. Horses for courses: this is speculation anyway, but rest assured that any end product need not dilute the Jeep brand if it meets its target requirements. Fiat is working on a hybrid, combining the Twinair 875cc engine with a battery assisted drivetrain, and this might go into any number of vehicles now that the 103hp Twinair has been released, in fact I am imagining a small 4X4 with petrol power going to the front wheels and electric motors driving the rears. This would be compact and relatively light, and sufficiently powerful.
      • 3 Years Ago
      If all the prognosticators got off their duffs, and did even a minutes worth of research you can find the future of Jeep for the next half decade published for all to see in their Nov 4th, 2009 Chrysler Business Plan.

      http://www.chryslergroupllc.com/business/

      There are Three new Jeeps coming.

      1) A new D-segment Liberty/Cherokee on a new D-EVO or DUSW platform.

      2) A new C-segment unified replacement for the Patriot and Compass twins based on the C-EVO or CUSW platform. The current Patriot is wiithin mm of the size of the original Cherokee XJ..

      3) A new B-segment micro Jeep based on the successor to the Fiat Panda Quatro off roader on the new generation Fiat "Small L0" platform.

      These will join the new E-segment Jeep Grand Cherokee just introduced on the Jeep engineered new Jeep/future Mercedes ML platform. There is the possibility but not a commitment to build a Grand Wagoneer on the stretched Jeep GC platform and a complementary addition akin to the Dodge Durango.

      The Wrangler will be continued and perhaps extended with a pickup and PentaStar & diesel engine improvements.

      All this bitching and complaining over size is hypocritically ridiculous. The original WWII Jeep was much smaller than the current Wrangler. The Jeep has grown in size from the original military Jeep to the CJ-5 to the CJ- 7 and then to the to the Wrangler and even stretched Wrangler Unlimited. There is even talk of a fourth Jeep Addition. A further stretched Wrangler with a pickup bed to be known variously as a Comanche/Gladiator/Kwiser.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Grande Punto? That's a very very small car. Smallerl than the Fiesta.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I know but, how much can that platform be stretched? The Linea is a small sedan, I'm not sure that Jeep would choose that platform for even a small SUV.
        • 3 Years Ago
        They goofed on the link (the search they link to spelled Grande wrong). Since it is an Italian car not a French one it is Grande not Grand. Try this one...

        http://www.autoblog.com/2005/09/14/fiat-grande-punto/

        The further dilution of the Jeep brand begins. You would be hard pressed to park a B segment Grande Punto based Jeep in a snowbank at the mall let alone take it off road. This will not have even the wiff of off road capability that the Compass and Patriot had. It is perfect for the European market but not a great idea for North America.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yeah that makes very little sense. The Grande Punto is a VERY small car.
        • 3 Years Ago
        The Grande Punto (now called Punto Evo after the restyling) is a little over 4 m in length. I don't know how long the Fiesta is, but to my eyes they seem both about the same size in the street.

        Also, the Fiat Linea is a 4,5 m sedan that rides on the same platform as the Punto, so it doesn't mean that the Jeep must be that small.
        • 3 Years Ago
        The Punto is the same size a Fiesta - both are B-segment machines. It's taller than the Fiesta, but around 3cm narrower and shorter. They also use a similar array of engines.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I know but, how much can that platform is stretched? The Linea is a small sedan, I'm not sure that Jeep would choose that platform for even a small SUV.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is there really a market for that many SUVs? Aren't there about a thousand models to choose from. Bring back the wagons!
        • 3 Years Ago
        Well, there is nothing on the U.S. market anymore like a Suzuki Sidekick/Geo Tracker; Toyota RAV4 two door, Kia Sportage convertible (possibly not a great example), or any other smallish, SUV.

        Then again, perhaps this will be a competitor to the Suzuki SX4, Nissan Juke, MINI Countryman?
      • 3 Years Ago
      I know someone mentioned it above, but could you imagine a Samurai-sized Wrangler with a tiny diesel or the 1.4L MultiAir? It would probably end up looking like one of the Car Town cars on FB, but I wouldnt mind. lol
      • 3 Years Ago
      "All three of those lumps are typically associated with a front-wheel-drive transaxle, though Manley said that four-wheel drive will make an appearance on top-end models"

      Why?! shouldn't all Jeeps come with all wheel drive standard?. The most sophisticated systems can be optional for true off-roaders, but the Jeep brand needs to set itself apart from the soft-roaders as Land Rover does.

      I must say that I have been impressed with the new Grand Cherokee and the refresh of the Patriot, Wrangler and Compass, generally; but dammit, all Jeeps should be ALL WHEEL DRIVE!

      *steps down off soapbox, and walks away*
        • 3 Years Ago
        AWD usually adds quite a bit to a vehicle's price. That may not be a big problem for large vehicles, which are bound to be expensive regardless of AWD or not, but it's more of a problem when you're dealing with smaller vehicles.

        I understand that you want AWD on all vehicles carrying the Jeep brand due to its DNA, but doing so in a B segment vehicle will lead to a high base price and people will complain that it's too expensive for its size. As long as they offer AWD as an option and let the consumer decide, I think everyone will be happy.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Fiat Panda?

      I'd drive a Panda ...
      • 3 Years Ago
      Bring on the little diesels and let us decide.
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