Fiat Qubo test mule - Click above for high-res image gallery

It looks like Fiat and Jeep have been busy working on the American manufacturer's upcoming compact CUV. Our tactical squad of spy photographers managed to capture a few images of a Fiat Qubo test mule running around in upper latitudes of Sweden. Apparently the baby widebody tester is our first glimpse at the small Jeep CUV set to debut in 2013. The machine will use a host of bits and pieces sourced from the Fiat parts bin, including a range of Italian powerplants like the company's 1.4-liter Multiair gasoline engine. In addition, 1.3-liter and 1.6-liter diesel mills will also be available. Power gets shipped to the front wheels, though an all-wheel-drive option should also be available.

Aesthetically, odds are the production version won't share too many lines with the mule you see above. The Fiat/Jeep team is likely using the Qubo chassis to put the drivetrain through its paces. Jeep CEO Mike Manley has made it clear that the newest addition to his company's stable will feature the same round headlights and vertical grille as the rest of the line, and we'd expect similarly masculine bodywork as well.



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      theweegeean
      • 3 Years Ago
      This gives me hope for the Patriot replacement. I like that the mules they're using are boxy and roomy, utilitarian work vehicles rather than stylish crossovers. Jeeps should be workmanlike but not necessarily beautiful. I always thought the Transit Connect could make a good 4x4 if given the right mechanicals and it looks like Jeep's going to do something like that with the new vehicle. I'm hoping for old-school Cherokee looks, a low base price, and available serious off-road capability. Perhaps there's a chance for something more capable than FDII? One can wish.
      Bradford
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Jeep CEO Mike Manley has made it clear that the newest addition to his company's stable will feature the same round headlights and vertical grille as the rest of the line" Only two current models have round headlights with vertical grilles: Patriot and Wrangler. None of the other models have round headlights anymore.
        Mopar Collin
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Bradford
        I'm guess that he means round elements? Maybe he needs to look at his lineup more often.
        imaeffinginger
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Bradford
        well, if you count the wrangler unlimited (which according to jeep is a whole different car), it's actually half the lineup. At least they all have the seven slit grill. and what a fitting name for the CEO of Jeep.
      Kumar
      • 3 Years Ago
      Return of the Wagoneer? Would be pretty sweet if it was a modern interpretation of that old vec, like a downsized Ford flex.
      Julius
      • 3 Years Ago
      "...the newest addition to his company's stable will feature the same round headlights and vertical grille as the rest of the line, and we'd expect similarly masculine bodywork as well." Given that this is a primarily-FWD vehicle, I take it that this new Jeep will not be "Trail Rated" then...
        Shiftright
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Julius
        The Compass and Patriot are primarily FWD and Trail Rated AWD versions are now offered. The Panda 4x4 is a surprisingly capable off road machine, keeping up with a Hummer H2 in a Car UK magazine test a couple of years back, but I'm still a bit skeptical about how this will carry sufficient Jeep DNA. I suppose Jeep needs to diversify, and Land Rover has been doing well with its new Freelander and Evoque. Sergio has been pretty smart so far, so I guess we'll have to wait and see.
        NightFlight
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Julius
        The Patriot and the Compass with the FD-2 package are "Trail Rated", so I hope that this would be too.
        Frank
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Julius
        Let's jump to conclusions until we see what FIAT has instore for this. If it's not the good they will hear it right away from the Jeep faithful.
          Frank
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Frank
          Sorry I meant lets NOT jump to conclusions.
      BipDBo
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is sad. Please stop slapping Jeep logos on FWD based vehicles. You are killing the Jeep image. Please restore the Jeep name to real off road vehicles and leave the urban cars to Dodge and Chrysler.
        Mopar Collin
        • 3 Years Ago
        @BipDBo
        If Jeep has to sell FWD car-based SUV's in order to remain profitable and continue to build the Wrangler (and hopefully a factory truck sometime in the future) then it's worth it. It's the same reason that Porche builds SUV's now. It's not like the Wrangler has been watered down at all, and the new GC is even more capable than the last. Even the Patriot and the Compass have class-leading off road capability. Now if Jeep only sold FWD based vehicles... that would be a saaaad saaaad day.
        Matt Wood
        • 3 Years Ago
        @BipDBo
        Fiat 500-based Jeep FTW!! Not really.
        Dwight Bynum Jr.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @BipDBo
        AMEN! There's no sense in watering down a brand, just to try to boost your sales numbers and market share. Short term gain and long-term loss. If Chrysler really feels the small CUV market is a necessity, they should brand it as a Dodge. The Compass and Patriot are NOT what the Jeep brand should be and I am certain the brand loyalists would have absolutely NO problem seeing them become extinct.
          Matt Wood
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Dwight Bynum Jr.
          "...brand loyalists would have absolutely NO problem seeing them become extinct." I'd bet the general public wouldn't mine much either :)
          Mopar Collin
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Dwight Bynum Jr.
          I'm a brand loyalist and I think the Patriot will be my next vehicle. I already have my super off-road Jeep, now I want one with good fuel economy while still retaining better off road chops than the competition.
        Cameron Warner
        • 3 Years Ago
        @BipDBo
        Agreed mostly. It's hard to have a brand that only has real off road vehicles, because most people want a car that rides well on the road. But I think all Jeeps should have AWD standard. There should be no such thing as a 2WD only Jeep. So even if it's a cheap passenger car that is based off a Dodge, if you want only 2WD get the Dodge, the Jeep would have AWD standard.
      longducdong
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oh gosh, no.
      Danaon
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't like that the Jeep brand is getting watered down like this. However, it's a business. Sadly, I think it will be successful. Most people who buy a product with offroad pedigree don't really care if it's a good offroader, they buy it for the image. Seems like Jeep wants to have its cake and eat it too: they want the serious offroad enthusiasts to buy trail rated Wranglers and such, and they want the average consumer to buy a FWD cute ute with Jeep logos on it. Will probably upset enthusiasts... but to be honest enthusiasts are a small part of the market. As for why they won't sell it as a Fiat: Fix it again, Tony. Seriously, Fiat has a horrible reputation in the US.
        longducdong
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Danaon
        Well said.
        gtv4rudy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Danaon
        @Danaon, I don't agree that Jeep will be wated down. The Italians have a lot of respect for the 'Jeep' brand in Italy. Driving around in a Cherokee in Europe is like driving around here in a Land Rover, the same sort of upper- class luxury.
      NightFlight
      • 3 Years Ago
      Let's just hope that this turns out well, and that we get a diesel option here in the US.
      tenspeeder
      • 3 Years Ago
      more like Mall-rated
      Shiftright
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just bring me a Turbodiesel Qubo with AWD and a stick and I'll be happy.
      Touareg_2.0
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is not the new Subcompact Suv by Jeep. The platform is too much long (more than 2.60 meters) and it’s also wider than the next “Mini Suv” . Further confirmation comes from similar mules at Mirafiori which are bearing the words “Project L0/L1 ” (or Prj 330) on their dashboards; basically it’s the future 5/7 Seater MPV which will replace Multipla and Idea MPVs. The two vans may resume the 500 style but, obviously, it will be another kind of car, nothing to do with an extension / expansion of the trunk 500 today. The L0 version will also be sold in North America in order to complete the offer of the brand, with a position similar to the Countryman's one , and it's likely to be produced in Mexico; while the European version will be produced in Serbia and will be' available in two different config: 5 seater and 7-seater LWB. Greetings, Touareg.
      HUNTER
      • 3 Years Ago
      Look, we don't need another Station Wagon! ( SUV ) With the Wrangler grow,grow, growing larger and larger. It's time for a small CJ-3 sized jeep again. This jeep need to be a convertible, SMALL, cheap, simple and customizable. Think Fiat 500 like Jeep only very basic transportation. New & Cheap, forget power everything BASIC No-Frills is the name of the game, with tons of available add on stuff.
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