The Fiat/Chrysler relationship has yet to spawn any post-marital offspring, but that will soon change. Automotive News reports that one of those vehicles could come in the size and shape of a "baby" Jeep that will be sold in Europe.

The B-segment Jeep, which we told you about back in August, will also be badged as a Fiat model. Two Fiat sources told AN that the vehicles will be built in Fiat's Minafiori plant in Turin, Italy, and there is a chance the vehicle could also be sold in the U.S.

Minafiori was originally pegged as the Euro plant of choice to build the successor to the Jeep Compass and Patriot models, but the Fiat sources say those plans have changed. The new plan reportedly calls for the Patriot/Compass replacement and an Alfa Romeo sibling to be built in the U.S.

A recent Fiat release revealed that the Minafiori plant will be rebuilt starting in 2012, and that a Jeep SUV will begin production in the second half of 2013.


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      Justin Campanale
      • 3 Years Ago
      If I ran Jeep, this is what I'd do: 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? Bring the Jeep pickup to market as soon as possible
      guyverfanboy
      • 3 Years Ago
      A successor to the Compass needs to be about the Rav4's size and a bigger gas tank too. (Only 12 gallons?!) A diesel option would be nice.
      sinistro79
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Fiat Panda 4x4 already serves as pseudo baby Jeep in Europe. Why even build this car at all, Fiat? Especially when you just redesigned your Panda? Instead of this, you should just focus on developing Alfa Romeo into the brand it deserves to be.
        breakfastburrito
        • 3 Years Ago
        @sinistro79
        Hear hear! How 'bout dusting off the tooling of the old Alfa 155 V6, and selling in the US? Pretty please? I'd pay top dollar for the pretty car we never got.
      Bill Burke
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'd like to believe that this is the best decision for Jeep and American workers. The Italian economic and labor situations are too unsettled to risk Jeep's reputation. A small compact Jeep should have mild off road capabilities that entry level or urban buyers would expect in a smaller Jeep. More capability would move people up the ladder all the way to Wrangler if that's your thing. This compact Jeep would be mainly sold in global markets in Asia and Latin America. It will, however, find a solid market here in North America. The logical name would be Patriot which has a following, then Compass, Liberty,Grand Cherokee,Grand Wagoneer,Wrangler and then the now under consideration Commander to fill the defunct Hummer market. This new Jeep, I predict, will come in two forms as a small SUV and a two seat mini-Wrangler. I am confident this approach will fulfill Fiats labor obligations in Italy for a Jeep product and keep the potentially very profitable Compass manufacturing here where it should help our economy.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        donnieorama
        • 3 Years Ago
        You should try reading more--Chrysler is doing quite well with products people are buying.
        Lachmund
        • 3 Years Ago
        fried rice...you and vwfailagain/vwlolfail/vwfail are the most useless users on this site. congratulations.
        sinistro79
        • 3 Years Ago
        Chrysler sales are up over 25% from this time last year. Honda and Toyota numbers are down.
        Bill Burke
        • 3 Years Ago
        Fried, You had it right the first time. This is a great product which will sell very well globally. Chrysler makes better products than anything from Asia in the SUV and truck market, I'm sure you know that.
      Myself
      • 3 Years Ago
      So, a Panda with a Jeep badge. Should work, though. Panda's a better offroad than a Hummer, or current Jeep's line up, so it would be an upgrade!
        Mike D
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Myself
        Are you trolling or do you actually believe that?
        Bill Burke
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Myself
        Myself, I don't think this will be a rebadge but a whole new sheet metal change. The reason is very intuitive, the Jeep brand is the most respected and marketable SUV brand in the world and this new Jeep is going world-wide. Very smart move.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      lorenzo
      • 3 Years Ago
      ok, Fiat does make some ugly/quirky stuff - but they will prob do a better styling job than what was realized for the Compass - and lets pray it gets a better interior....
      Easy_Eight
      • 3 Years Ago
      Modern CJ-3. Please.
        Mike D
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Easy_Eight
        Do you realistically think they would build something that so closely resembles the Wrangler? They'd be competing against themselves, it wouldn't make any sense.
      muppethead
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oh the opportunity Jeep is missing. Build a CLEAR successor to the original Cherokee (with the right proportions) and watch them sell like hotcakes.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      LUSTSTANG S-197
      • 3 Years Ago
      If it comes to the US, and does not have any off-road capability, please don't call it a Jeep. I think such a vehicle would sell better as a Fiat because when most people here think of Jeep, they think rugged SUV, or utility vehicle like the Wrangler.
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