We've heard rumors before about a new, baby Jeep to slot below the new-for-2014 Cherokee (pictured) in the automaker's lineup. Now, Edmunds is reporting that the new crossover will arrive sometime in 2014, and will be about the same size as the Ford Fiesta. This currently unnamed vehicle will effectively replace both the Compass and Patriot in the Jeep lineup.

Speaking to Edmunds, Jeep CEO Mike Manley said that the new, small Jeep will be assembled in Italy and marketed globally beginning sometime next year. Manley did not provide many details on the new model, but did say that it will be 4.2-meters (165 inches) long. The Cherokee, by comparison, is 4.6-meters long (181 inches). Furthermore, Edmunds reports that while the new small Jeep will offer diesel power in other markets, there are no plans for an oil-burning version here in the US.

Many other automakers are exploring this smaller crossover segment here in the US. General Motors recently launched the Buick Encore, which is loosely based on the Chevrolet Sonic subcompact's platform. Ford has already launched its Fiesta-based EcoSport in other markets, and has reportedly been pondering the idea of offering it in the US, as well.

"From a ride and fuel economy perspective, it will be competitive," Manley told Edmunds, adding that the small CUV will provide "the utility that you will get in an SUV in terms of cabin space and everything else." As for how well the unnamed model preserves Jeep's legendary off-road capability, well, we'll have to wait and see.


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      EJD1984
      • 1 Year Ago
      I did a little digging, and I think this 2014 model will be based off of the Fiat Panda, and this 2011 Jeep Phoenix concept. http://hallicino.hubpages.com/hub/Revealed-2011-Jeep-Phoenix-Based-On-Fiat-Panda-4x4#
      Justin Shaw
      • 1 Year Ago
      If this small Jeep is a hit I could see Ford finally bringing the fiesta derived Ecosport to the states
      DanDaMan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Jeep Panda?
      luigi.tony
      • 1 Year Ago
      Autoblog seems to have an obsession with posting pics of this ugly turd Cherokee. Last year it seems every other article was about the Velosturd.
        Feurig
        • 1 Year Ago
        @luigi.tony
        I was about to post something similar.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @luigi.tony
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      BlackandMild
      • 1 Year Ago
      I was hoping that Jeep/Chrysler would not release this ugly design....but, Oh well- When it's all said and done, the big 3 automakers have a lot more to be worried about than I do, for I don't have to purchase ugly vehicles, I'll simply keep what i've got until they produce something that appeals to me-
        Bill Burke
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BlackandMild
        Eye of the beholder, remember,eye of the beholder. To me the Cherokee is bold, innovative and exciting. Eventually the market will prove Jeep right on this one. Me beholdeth !
          William Flesher
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Bill Burke
          @ Teleny411- Jeep doesn't need all of it's vehicles to appeal to you, or even the typical Jeep buyer. They will no doubt continue to offer more traditional vehicles, but they are now trying to expand market share on a GLOBAL basis. The new Cherokee will still be offered in "trail-rated" versions that out-perform the Liberty model it replaces off road, while offering far better driving dynamics and efficiency for the vast majority of customers that will NEVER take them off-road. As Bill Burke wisely noted, we all have different conceptions of beauty. But Aztec comparisons are simply lazy. The Aztec was a flop not only because it was shocking to look at. It was truly ill-proportioned, and more importantly, based on an aged and unsuccessful minivan platform. I'm no fan of the Nissan Juke's looks, but I can recognize that it is a good drive and utilizes successful components. It's NOT a sales flop, and has no chance of sinking Nissan as a brand. I think the Juke offers a far better comparison to the new Cherokee than does the Aztec. Of COURSE the big 3 have more to worry about than you do. They need to make a profit to survive, and that requires them to take calculated RISKS that you obviously don't. In reality, you don't have actual money on the success OR failure of Jeep's future models without small-scale gambling with friends or "bookies". And only time and sales figures will tell if you're actually correct.
          clquake
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Bill Burke
          No, Jeep doesn't have enough brand loyalty like BMW (I'm looking at you 3 series) does to overcome ugly.
          Teleny411
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Bill Burke
          Or it could be a landmark flop like Aztek. My money's on the latter.
      Timon
      • 1 Year Ago
      I hate cuvs/suvs. But this and BMW X1. I like. Like the styling also.
      ishmaelcrowley
      • 1 Year Ago
      If the Dodge Dart and Jeep Cherokee are any indication, this new small Jeep will be delayed by months and have many teething problems.
      blasds78
      • 1 Year Ago
      The more I see the upcoming Cherokee, the more I find it attractive. Nope...I was just testing out those words to see if any of it felt true. It didn't. The thing is hideous.
      spa2nky1
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ford still has a handful of Ecosport testers parked outside of their transmission plant in Livonia MI. They haven't moved in many months, but hopefully there's still a chance of seeing them on dealer lots in NA!
      Stuka
      • 1 Year Ago
      Its needed in oder to get around fuel economy regs. In order for us to keep the wrangler, we need smaller, fuel efficient vehicles. And I foresee my Wife begging me for one provided it is not ugly. She loves small cars. Actually if it ends up being similar to the VW Crossfox (Available in Mexico), I KNOW she will want it.
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      Benjamin
      • 1 Year Ago
      Uhm, ugly does not sell.
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