The Jeep® brand has been hinting for some time now, that it has planned on building a sub-compact model for certain markets outside North America beneath its compact Renegade model. Automotive News Europe is now reporting that the upcoming Jeep, will be one part of a trio of new vehicles going into production at the Stellantis Tychy plant in Poland, which currently manufactures the Fiat 500 and Lancia Ypsilon city cars.
The article indicates that the all-new A/B segment vehicle would be the first Jeep product developed under the joint operations of the former Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and Peugeot S.A. (PSA) groups newly merged identity Stellantis.
The trio of vehicles includes a Jeep, an Alfa Romeo, and a five-door model FIAT model.
Currently, the Jeep Renegade and its corporate sibling the Fiat 500X ride on variants of the Small Wide 4×4 platform. It is believed that the new Junior model could be riding on a variant of the Compact Modular Platform (CMP) developed by the former PSA side of the company.
The CMP was designed to meet the needs of markets across the globe and is able to be manufactured as a battery-electric vehicle (BEV) platform in which PSA has already developed a 100kW (136 horsepower) electric motor, a 50kWh lithium-ion battery pack, and a high-performance heat pump for. In those markets which can’t meet the electrified needs of a BEV, the CMP also accommodates internal combustion engines (ICE) and mild-hybrid models as well.
The FIAT model will more than likely a production version or at least be heavily influenced by the award-winning Fiat Centoventi (120) Concept. This model could bear the Fiat Panda nameplate. The exterior dimensions should be similar to another CMP-based vehicle, the Opel Mokka. This means it would have roughly a 2.56 m (100.7 inch) wheelbase, 4.15 m (163.4 inches) length, 1.79 m (70.5 inches) in width, and 1.53 cm (60.3 inches) in height.
We believe that the FIAT model could be a BEV economy version that could be shared with the Citroën brand. This would mean a lower battery capacity and lower electric power for these products in comparison to the rest of the CMP-based Stellantis offerings.
The Jeep vehicle which we are being told is internally called “Junior”, will have roughly the same dimensions as the FIAT but with a higher capacity battery and a more powerful electric motor for the BEV version. We still aren’t sure if the “Junior” will be offered with an optional four-wheel-drive (4×4) or be strictly a front-wheel-drive (FWD) model. This would be a disappointment as all Jeep vehicles offer some type of 4×4 system.
While the CMP platform has yet to offer a 4×4 offering, however, the discarded FCA e-Mini architecture that underpins the new Fiat 500e is 4×4 capable.
The Alfa Romeo offering should be the largest out of the trio, riding on a longer wheelbase. This could translate into a 2.61 m (102.6 inch) wheelbase and 4.3 m (169.3 inches) in length, which would be slightly longer than the Jeep Renegade. We are told that this particular model is codenamed “Kid” internally.
The Jeep and Alfa Romeo models should be offered with both BEV and ICE options.
These models are expected to make their official debut sometime next year, before being launched sometime in 2023.
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