The Jeep® brand recently announced its plans to invest $250 million to expand its portfolio offerings in the APAC market. According to the automaker, it will manufacture four new SUVs in India. The announcement came hot on the heels of the unveiling of the Indian-spec 2022 Jeep Compass refresh earlier this month.
Of the four new SUVs, there will be an all-new three-row D-SUV based on the Jeep Compass. The new vehicle (codenamed H6) will be built in India and in Brazil next year. It is unlikely, that the new three-row D-SUV would make it to North America. It will join the refreshed Jeep Compass, which has already started production in India.
Jeep will also assemble the iconic Jeep Wrangler (codenamed J6) in a new joint venture manufacturing facility in Ranjangaon, India. It will be joined by the production of the recently unveiled fifth-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee. The Wrangler (J6) will start production next month, according to sources close to MoparInsiders.
Ranjangaon, where the current Jeep Compass is assembled, is one of five global plants that manufacturer the Compass. Since the vehicle’s 2017 launch in the Indian marketplace, the Ranjangaon facility has produced more than 70,000 units. Of the 70,000 units, 50,000 units were sold in India with the remainder for export.
“We are determined to increase locally-made componentry in our vehicles which are produced in our joint venture manufacturing facility. Our plans in India are aimed at increasing the value proposition for customers through our products and services, working hard on customer satisfaction, and unlocking business opportunities for our business partners,” said Partha Datta, Managing Director, Stellantis India said.