Fiat Chrysler Automobiles were the subject of all the headlines recently as they launched the all new Jeep Meridian, although the car was meant for a segment not many Indians can afford but the manufacturer has plans specially derived for the nation.The FCA has in its pipeline a compact SUV which would turn the market segment int a battle ground once the car has been launched.
To Be Based On The Renegade Platform
Jeep’s compact SUV is based on a modified renegade platform, the car was spotted testing earlier and reported about by Rush lane who credited cochespias. The Jeep SUV would be no slouch either whith their being rumors of the car coming into the market with a full fledged AWD system. Last year, Ralph Gilles, Global Head of Jeep Design, admitted that the upcoming compact SUV could be offered with an AWD variant. He further went on to add they wouldn’t just make an SUV just for soft road conditions as it isn’t in the company’s tradition.
AWD Competency Promised
The car maker while staying true to the roots of the brand wouldn’t produce a car only meant for road use they would engineer a vehicle that would provide an all terrain driving ability even if the prices spike up and the brand fails to pace the vehicle competitively against the like of KIA Sonet as well as Hyundai Venue.
The manufacturer could provide the vehicle with a electrified powertrain which would help the manufacturer in providing the hardware to go off road at a low price range, this new setup wouldn’t require the heavy mechanical s old AWD’s require to go Off-road. Similar setup’s were seen on the Jeep Renegade as well as the compass 4 xe launched last year in Europe.
Both are plug-in hybrid (PHEV) SUVs and draw their power from a 1.3-litre turbo petrol engine that powers the front wheels. An electric motor is mounted at the rear axle which when switched on provides AWD functionality with a cumulative power output of 190 bhp or 240 bhp depending upon the variant.
Earlier FCA joined hands with the Groupe PSA to form one of the largest automotive conglomerates in the world called stelantis. This would help jeep get there hands on the common modular platform on which the Citroen C3 would be based upon , However this format probably wouldn’t work that well for a AWD system. plus Jeep would also be able to use the Citroen’s 1.2 litre turbocharged engine which has been developed with highly localized parts and can deliver 130bhp. The car would create a market segment of its own as there aren’t many AWD compact SUV’s , while the market is full of compact SUV’S in general.