Details remain scarce, but our spy photographers have managed to capture the upcoming Jeep B-segment crossover for the first time, testing in both the Alps and in the US. Shown here as a cobbled-together Fiat 500L mule, the new Jeep model is expected to arrive for the 2015 model year and act as a replacement for the current Compass and Patriot models.

According to our shooter, the new "baby Jeep" will share a platform with the Fiat 500X, and both models will be built on the same assembly line in Turin, Italy. We can't tell much from these images, but the added length apparent on this 500L mule would seem to dispel the recent speculation that the new entry-level Jeep model would be sized closer to the Ford Fiesta – since the 500L is already considerably larger than the Fiesta. Powertrain options will likely mirror other Fiat/Chrysler collaborative vehicles like the Dodge Dart, but this Jeep will also try to live up to its off-road roots with an optional all-wheel-drive system.


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      superchan7
      • 1 Year Ago
      All the people whining about the Panda 4x4 not coming to the US. I think it would sell about 2000 units a year to urban beachgoers and light off-roading enthusiasts. It's way too small for American tastes. The 500L is the right size, and we're still waiting for that to take off.
        Shiftright
        • 1 Year Ago
        @superchan7
        It just went on the market, give it a chance. It takes non-car people a while to notice newcomers. Polarizing looks aside it's a well though out package, and not too big or too small
          superchan7
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Shiftright
          I'm on board; actually planning to buy a 500L. But I'm one who actually likes the styling, hopefully it will catch on.
      Legend
      • 1 Year Ago
      How about brringin us a fiat panda?
      knightrider_6
      • 1 Year Ago
      Since this will be a rebadged Fiat, I'm assuming it will have the same awful reliability that we all love.
        EtSM
        • 1 Year Ago
        @knightrider_6
        haha you're daft knighrider!
        Julio B
        • 1 Year Ago
        @knightrider_6
        Because Chrysler products are greatly known for their reliability... (insert sarcasm here)
          ishmaelcrowley
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Julio B
          Chrysler products (in the past) have been far more reliable that Fiat's.
      ratputin
      • 1 Year Ago
      I remember when the test mules looked like Jeeps. This is an abomination. God help Jeep 'cause Fiat isn't going to.
        Tuga
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ratputin
        They're test mules. It doesn't matter what they look like.
      M
      • 1 Year Ago
      Cheapen the brand to sell more or build the brand to upkeep the image and increase the margin, this is the question. Take a look at Land Rover's strategy to see the possibilities. With the Fiat parading as Jeep the great name of Jeep just got diluted more in the name of "more sales".
        William Flesher
        • 1 Year Ago
        @M
        Land Rover's strategy? The Freelander/ LR2 is compact, and according to (non British) reviewers, an AWFUL vehicle. The Evoque, while attractive, is also a compact soft-roader. All done under the Umbrella of India's Tata Motors. I fail to see how Land Rover is doing things any differently than Jeep, other than pricing their products far higher while remaining near the bottom of reliability heap.
        The Wasp
        • 1 Year Ago
        @M
        Good -- I hope they're moving downmarket. While it's an awesome vehicle, a $70,000 SRT Jeep Grand Cherokee is kind of a turn-off. I wish they would lower the price on the Wrangler...
      Winnie Jenkems
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hopefully it looks nothing like the hideous alien Cherokee.
      Karl_T
      • 1 Year Ago
      Patriot.... Compass.... And now this? That's just a mean thing to do to the Jeep name....
      Gordon Chen
      • 1 Year Ago
      That looks like a 500L...
        Txdesign
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Gordon Chen
        The article clearly states that it's a test mule only.
      chrismcfreely
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Fiat 500L is surprisingly great, so there is no reason this shouldn/t be good.
      sixsix
      • 1 Year Ago
      Fiat just can't step in its effort to feminize the Jeep lineup. The European mindset simply doesn't get the Jeep idea.
        Julio B
        • 1 Year Ago
        @sixsix
        Yet Jeep has hit record sales during the last two years. I traded my 2010 Wrangler for a 2012 mainly because of the "feminine" new interior and engine... The "Jeep idea" that you refer to has to do with the old Cherokee owners that worshiped the 4.0L I6 engine and live on the romantic idea of driving through the woods on their way to work every day. The bulk of Jeep new owners do nothing like that, and mostly want a rugged looking minivan that is fuel efficient and may eventually hop over a shopping mall curb to get a better parking spot. Nobody can blame Jeep for catering to their potential buyers...
          EtSM
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Julio B
          exactly, well put Julio B. Jeep's competitors are the Freelander, Rav 4, CRX, Escape, Evoque etc... ALL very incapable SOFTroaders. I remember the horror of die-hard LR fans when LR first made the Discovery and then the Freelander ... well LR was merely responding to (odd) market forces that made RAV-4's popular!!
        Shiftright
        • 1 Year Ago
        @sixsix
        Making them more sophisticated, well rounded and competitive does not equate to 'feminine'. Evolve or die.
        knightrider_6
        • 1 Year Ago
        @sixsix
        People like feminine cars these days. Look at how well Audi A4 is doing.
      cpmanx
      • 1 Year Ago
      Someone will make a comment about the styling of this thing, even though it is just a test mule, in 5, 4, 3, 2...
      Deanna Viel
      • 1 Year Ago
      Build in Italy??? Replacement for the Compass Patriot that are selling better than ever?? I don't like this article and I hope its crap....especially considering I build the Compass and Patriot right here in Belvidere, IL!
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