Jeep has confirmed it can launch a brand new “extremely compact” utility car in 2022. Designed to sit down beneath the Renegade within the firm’s line-up, Jeep’s newest off-roader will act as a rival to the Suzuki Jimny – and it may function an all-electric powertrain derived from FCA’s deliberate merger with PSA.
When quizzed concerning the car’s transient, Marco Pigozzi, Jeep’s European Head of Model Advertising and marketing, mentioned it might supply loads of day-to-day practicality with out compromising the model’s famend off-road functionality.
Pigozzi mentioned: “The automobile will have the ability to be used as a bad-ass Jeep, nevertheless it has additionally been designed for use on a regular basis.” He additionally acknowledged that the forthcoming child SIV will likely be round 4 metres in size – which is able to make it barely longer than a Suzuki Jimny, however shorter than the brand new Nissan Juke.
Given Jeep’s latest push in direction of electrification (with the launch of the PHEV Renegade and Compass), it’s nearly sure the compact Jeep will function some type of electrification. When pitched the query of hybrid/all-electric drive, Pigozzi acknowledged: “We’ve got the potential to ship the electrification we want.”
FCA’s proposed merger with PSA means the brand new child Jeep may undertake a platform from the Peugeot-Citroen steady, doubtlessly utilizing a modified model of the Widespread Modular Platform structure used for absolutely electrical variations of the Peugeot 208, Vauxhall Corsa and DS3 Crossback. A further electrical motor for the rear axle could possibly be added to ship four-wheel.
Jeep’s speedy shift to electrification ought to assist the model pull its common CO2 emissions beneath the forthcoming EU-regulated customary of 95g/km, which is because of come into pressure by 2021.