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    Rumorpile: Jeep Working on "Ultra-Compact" To Slot Below Renegade

      ...Still going to have off-road capabilities...

    Jeep is said to be working on a tiny crossover that will slot below the Renegade in size and will likely launch in 2022. The estimated size would be around 4-meters in length which puts it slightly shorter than a Nissan Juke. The primary competitive target is the Suzuki Jimny, a model not sold in the United States, but a segment important to Jeep globally. 

    Jeep says that the new model would offer day-to-day practicality but still have the off-road prowess that people expect from a Jeep. As FCA is in a big push to electrify its vehicles these days, some form of electrification is likely with even a fully electric model possible. Though not offered in the U.S., FCA does build PHEV versions of the Jeep Renegade and Jeep Compass for the European market. 

    With FCA's merger with PSA looming, the possibility of using one of Peugeot-Citroen's platforms as a base for the new model emerges. Could we potentially see a Jeep on the Opel Corsa platform?  Time will tell. 

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    And on the opposite end of the spectrum, they are supposedly working on Tahoe/Suburban sized models with the Ram-based Wagoneer/Grand Wagoneer...but those rumors have been going around for what seems like a decade...

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    40 minutes ago, smk4565 said:

    Of course they are.  There is no limit to how many SUVs a brand will make.  Eventually this 10 SUVs per brand strategy will fold like a house of cards but there is demand now.

    Just like cars.. No limit on how many they can make. Mercedes has 19 different cars. 

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    1 hour ago, dfelt said:

    This sounds like the death toll for Fiat in the US as I think people would rather buy a ultra sub compact from Jeep than Fiat.

    I know I certainly would. 

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    1 hour ago, Robert Hall said:

    And on the opposite end of the spectrum, they are supposedly working on Tahoe/Suburban sized models with the Ram-based Wagoneer/Grand Wagoneer...but those rumors have been going around for what seems like a decade...

    They're building a whole new factory for the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer.  It's in the UAW contract that was just signed. Test mules have already been spotted. 

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    52 minutes ago, daves87rs said:

    NOt sure why they need smaller.....

    Feel like the current Jeep is small enough!

    Sounds like it's mostly for Europe and Asia.   Sized like the Fiat Panda or Suzuki Jimny.

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    10 hours ago, Robert Hall said:

    Suzuki Jimny.

    My bet is they don't have the guts to produce a vehicle that will rival the Jimny for off-road prowess.  Suzuki Jimny is a legend.

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    2 hours ago, ocnblu said:

    My bet is they don't have the guts to produce a vehicle that will rival the Jimny for off-road prowess.  Suzuki Jimny is a legend.

    I assume it will be a rebodied Panda Cross...

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    The 4x4 Panda is available with a badazz turbo 0.9L 2 cylinder among other engines..

     

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    On 12/12/2019 at 2:45 PM, Robert Hall said:

    And on the opposite end of the spectrum, they are supposedly working on Tahoe/Suburban sized models with the Ram-based Wagoneer/Grand Wagoneer...but those rumors have been going around for what seems like a decade...

    Exists, and getting closer...Ram guts plus IRS...

    https://www.caranddriver.com/news/a29953140/jeep-grand-wagoneer-spied/spacer.png

    Small ones? Great too. Renegade kind of covers that already, but alas. Whatever works.

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