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Thursday, December 19, 2019

Jeep being developed an ultra-compact off-roader to rival Suzuki Jimny

As an automotive lover, of course, you know the Jeep brand as one of America's legendary brands. Now, it is widely heard that Jeep is currently developing a new ultra-compact off-road vehicle model that is projected to fill a slot below its Renegade. Thus this car will compete with Suzuki Jimny in the global market.
Jeep developing ultra-compact off-roader to rival Suzuki Jimny (The Jeep Modular Concept pictured here is an independent study by designer Le Yang Bai). (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2twp9el)
As revealed by the European Head of Brand Marketing, Marco Pigozzi who said that the baby Jeep was about four meters (13 feet) long, slightly longer than Jimny that had 3.64 meters (11.9 feet). "We designed this car as a daily vehicle," he said, as reported by Carscoops on Sunday, December 15, 2019.

Previously, the company has also announced that its entire line-up of car products in 2022 will carry electric powertrain. However, for this latest model, it seems impossible if the Jeep has enough power when associated with its small-size.

The car's power source is also still a mystery. But if we look at the Suzuki Jimny that will be its competitor, where the Japanese car made in India is equipped with a 1.3-liter VVT engine that bursts 83 hp of power.
(The Jeep Modular Concept pictured here is an independent study by designer Le Yang Bai). (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2twp9el)
So, most likely this car will carry two engine choices namely 1.8 liters V16 which is capable of popping up to 139 hp. While the second engine with a smaller 1.3-liter V16 capacity plus a turbocharger is capable of producing power of 150 hp. And both engine options will be combined with a five-speed manual transmission system or six-speed automatic.

But, if we look at the merger between PSA Group and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, it is also possible that this vehicle can use the Common Modular Platform architecture that is the same as the electric version of Peugeot 208, Vauxhall Corsa, and DS3 Crossback.
(The Jeep Modular Concept pictured here is an independent study by designer Le Yang Bai). (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2twp9el)
If Jeep can ensure the design of a production vehicle like the current concept model, so it's believed the car will be an exciting vehicle on the highway, like the Wrangler. Although the company has expressed its desire to present the latest model, unfortunately, the FCA as the Jeep's parent company has not released yet plans to launch this tiny Jeep model.

The question is, will this entry-level Jeep will be as popular as the latest generation of Suzuki Jimny? That's interesting to wait. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | AUTO EXPRESS | MOTOR1 | CARSCOOPS]
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