Another spotting of the highly-anticipated called “Project 516” or (JJ) the newest and smallest Jeep has made its way on the interwebs.
Although it has been called “Junior”, our sources have indicated that the vehicle could feature the iconic “Jeepster” nameplate and it could make its official unveiling at the Paris Motor Show from October 17th to 23rd in Paris Expo Porte de Versailles.
Due to the Stellantis timeline, the new mini-compact SUV will not be based on the all-new STLA Small architecture, instead will be built upon the second-generation eCMP/CMP platform used by vehicles from the former Peugeot Group. This is due to the fact that Stellantis has already announced that the STLA Small architecture won’t debut until the 2026 model year.
Spotted by Petr Míka (@petr_whatever) of Auto-Zoom.cz posted these images on Instagram of what appears to be another internal combustion engine (ICE) version of the new JJ. Parked on a side street in Sicily, Italy, we can see that the subcompact B-segment SUV will fit just perfectly on European streets.
While we can’t get a clear shot of the interior due to the reflections of the glass, we do see a manual shifter knob peeking out of the interior camouflage. Sources have claimed that the new JJ will get a turbocharged 1.0-liter inline-three-cylinder engine from the Stellantis Global Small Engine (GSE) family. That engine is currently available in several models and should give the JJ around 118 horsepower (88 kW) and 190 N⋅m (140 lb.-ft.) of torque.
We expect that the ICE model will debut, with the battery-electric vehicle (BEV) model to follow several months later.
Don’t expect the JJ to make its way to the shores of North America, despite the Jeep brand focusing on selling the new model globally.
The new JJ will be joined by two new platform siblings, one for the Alfa Romeo brand and the other for FIAT.