The Jeep product portfolio will undergo some major changes in the next few years, starting with the addition of a new subcompact crossover and a flagship, seven-passenger Grand Wagoneer. Still, Jeep assures the world that even with these changes, the automaker will still stand true to its off-road heritage. That seven-slat grille has to stand for something, after all.

Jeep will debut a new subcompact crossover based on a Fiat platform in late 2013 or early 2014. The B-Jeep will be designed for use in North and Latin America, and will be built alongside the Fiat 500 and Dodge Journey at the automaker's plant in Toluca, Mexico.

Both the Compass and Patriot will be replaced in one fell swoop with a new vehicle based on Fiat's CUSW compact crossover platform. The new Jeep will debut in 2013, likely as a 2014 model, and will be built for global markets, including North America. In speaking to Automotive News, Jeep brand CEO Michael Manley said that this vehicle would be available with both front- and all-wheel drive.

The Liberty – a vehicle left untouched in the 2011 model year product onslaught – will get a replacement in 2013. This crossover will be built on a larger version of the Compass/Patriot platform, called CUSW Plus, and will likely remain an all-wheel-drive-only affair.

Lastly, a new Grand Wagoneer is still in the works, stemming from Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne's confirmation earlier this year. Its platform will be shared with the Dodge Durango and will be the flagship model in the Jeep lineup. Think Commander, only better. Much better.


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      Making11s
      • 3 Years Ago
      Faux wood paneling on the Grand Wagoneer or GTFO.
      Darnell Robeson
      • 3 Years Ago
      everyone on here sounds stupid...its not ok to have small Jeep crossovers based on as as Fiats but it is ok to have 2 of em based on the crappy unloved Caliber? i'd prefer the Fiat platform models, im positive they'll be competitive unlike the Caliber triplets
        jayhawkjeeper
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Darnell Robeson
        No more compass prease
        QAZZY
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Darnell Robeson
        It's not okay, they should be removed too. The Fiat Panda is actually surprisingly capable offroad.
      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      If it was anyone other than Marchionne calling the shots, I would be worried about Jeep diluting their brand, but he's a very smart guy and he realizes how important Jeep as a brand is.
        AMG THIS
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        Jeep's demographic is the younger crowd, and these vehicles are just for them. Nevermind what some old guys say about the status of the Jeep brand, while they drive their AMC powered 1977 model. Might as well just ask the owner of a 69 Charger R/T on what he thinks of the new Charger 4-door.
      Klayton Kelly
      • 3 Years Ago
      I can't wait for all the Jeep purists to start whining about FWD/AWD and the horrid things being done to the Jeep brand, even though there have been plenty of non-4x4 Jeeps in the past, all the way since the Willys days.
      Paul P.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Grand Wagoneer sounds awesome. Hopefully it has 7-seats like the Durango, but with the off-road tech of the Grand Cherokee. The only thing that might hurt it, though, is the price. Any news yet on diesels finding their way into any of these new models (or any of the older ones for that matter)?
        guyverfanboy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Paul P.
        I thought that the diesel mills were coming 2013 at the earliest. I hope stop-start tech too, so you can save money on in-town driving.
        AMG THIS
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Paul P.
        It'll certainly be a cash cow even if they only sell a handful of them, considering how spread out the costs are for that platform! GC, Maserati, Durango, GW + The Mercedes ML and GL that ate half of the development costs.
          Justin Campanale
          • 3 Years Ago
          @AMG THIS
          Not to mention a proposed Alfa CUV.
          Não Pirilamparás
          • 3 Years Ago
          @AMG THIS
          The Alfa based on this platform ain't happening according to an article I read today on autoblog.it.
      Igotmine
      • 3 Years Ago
      Things are changing in America. I was never a Chrysler fan and never owned any of their products because I was aware of Chrysler's well-deserved reputation. But when Fiat became the new owner of what was once known as Chrysler I had hopes that the new owners would be able to save the jobs of the men and women who still work for Chrysler. Now I'm not at all sure that they will or that they even can save those jobs. Jeep, and its platform, has a proud tradition that goes all the way back to the Second World War, but to change the Jeep platform and exchange it for a Fiat platform just doesn't make sense to me. I can't see current Jeep owners and Jeep aficionados standing in line for anything Fiat with their decades-long track record of mediocrity and poor quality. And once the Jeep fans turn their backs on their beloved Jeep brand there is no hope for Jeep or its employees because the only market for Jeep is America. Other parts of the world have very little demand for Jeep products preferring instead the excellent products from Range Rover and Mercedes-Benz, which are sold in the US as 'luxury' brands. There is no way anyone can mistake a Jeep product, even in its most luxurious form, as a luxury brand, and certainly not if it has Fiat underpinnings.
        SGerry
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Igotmine
        Jeep is doing just fine in Europe (25,000 were sold last year), and they're growing. Toledo is struggling to meet the demands of the international market for Wranglers (half of which end up in Europe), Hell, I'd say I see just as many Cherokees as I do all of MB's SUVs combined. And as far as Land Rovers go, I've yet to see one that isn't painted flat olive green with NATO plates. What do I know, I just live in Italy.
        MAX
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Igotmine
        Moron. A Jeep will outlast 2 crummy Land Rovers.
      mchlrus1
      • 3 Years Ago
      Thank you Fiat. I hope the Wagoneer will have sweet wood trim on the outside of the vehicle as an inexpensive option. Hopefully this will become a beach car again. I though the Compass was controversial, but a compact now? Oh well. King of the Hill reference sorry I have to say this F......Fix I........It A......Again T.......Tony HeHe
        Não Pirilamparás
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mchlrus1
        You start your post by thanking Fiat (and rightfully so), yet you end it with an outdated, overused and uninformed cliché, seriously?
        mchlrus1
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mchlrus1
        I heard it and thought that it was funny. People love Dodge...so do I but that does not mean that I think they are reliable.
          mchlrus1
          • 3 Years Ago
          @mchlrus1
          F...found Toyota...moving forward, with no stop. H...How N...Now P...Poor O...on H...How C... Cool D...Dead O...Odd I...In O...Old R...roadside Y...Your H...High O...Or N...No S...Some N...N word D...dead U...Usual E... Emissions D...Dying D...Damn S...Shi77y T...Thinks N...Nerd V...Vehicle G...Garbage A...Acceleration A...Automobile I...Its D...Drives an Y... Yo E...Eater N...Nightmare A...A I... Import TO NAME A FEW C...Cadillac
          mchlrus1
          • 3 Years Ago
          @mchlrus1
          formatting error woops
      Justin Campanale
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think that the Compass and Patriot should just be killed, with no replacement. I'm not sure Jeep really needs CUV's, that's what Dodge is for As for the next Liberty, I just don't think a D-Evo platform would do it justice. Why not make the Liberty a true, RWD SUV, among the lines of a modern Cherokee? Maybe they could mooch off the Mercedes C-Class's platform. The proportions are just right for a modern Cherokee (think about GLK size) and since it is RWD, it could be tuned more easily for offroading. And that subcompact SUV, which will reportedly be based off the Panda's platform. The 4x4 Panda is actually a very capable offroad vehicle for its size. Fifth Gear did a comparison between the Panda 4x4 and the Range Rover. The Panda lost, but it still did astonishingly well for a vehicle of its size. I still think it should be more than a rebadge though. Maybe they could make a modern Jeepster on the same platform, with a soft top? It would be like a modern Suzuki Samurai/ Sidekick. As for the Wagoneer, I think it should be slightly upscale compared to the Durango, but it shouldn't be X5/Q7 level. Let Alfa build a CUV on the same platform to take care of that. Price the GC around $37-38 k-around Buick Enclave level. Slightly off topic, but I think the Willys concept needs to be produced in some shape or form. Maybe it could be a hybrid Jeep priced among the lines of the Prius V?
      Basil Exposition
      • 3 Years Ago
      "a flagship, seven-passenger Grand Wagoneer" I just got a boner.
      jayhawkjeeper
      • 3 Years Ago
      Don't touch my Wrangler!
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Basil Exposition
        • 3 Years Ago
        Woodgrain had BETTER be at least an option if not standard. Are you honestly saying the woodgrain did not look good on the last gen Grand Wagoneer?
        Fixitfixitstop
        • 3 Years Ago
        Fake wood-grain is very tacky.
          Basil Exposition
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Fixitfixitstop
          If you think the woodgrain in Hazdaz's photo is tacky you have no taste. That is nothing short of classic.
      MAX
      • 3 Years Ago
      Marchionne Motors is the most exciting car company on the planet.
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