If you think the mini Jeep Renegade SUV is small, then wait. Jeep may release a smaller “baby” jeep for the global market. Mike Manley, head of the jeep, said the brand is “very close” on smaller models than the Renegade.
If approved, Jeep babies will ride on a small platform of Fiat Chrysler cars, which form the basis of Fiat Pandas, Lancia Ypsilon and many other European small cars. This will make the baby jeep one of the smallest crossovers in Europe. The new jeep can be produced at the Pomigliano plant near Naples, Italy, where the Fiat Panda is currently produced.
Fiat has already sold all-wheel-drive SUV-style Fiat Panda Cross due to the increased demand for cross-border cars in smaller cities in Europe.
Sergio Marchionne, CEO of FCA, said at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show: “The Panda will migrate from Pomigliano between 2019 and 2020. He added that the Pomignano plant” can work in more sophisticated vehicles than Panda. ”
According to Automotive News Europe, the supplier said FCA has been discussing a baby jeep made by Pomigliano since the beginning of 2017, but the progress has suffered many setbacks. Some of these setbacks may be due to the slogan “Trying to produce a Jeep baby jeep, Jeep’s” anywhere, anytime “.
FCA may hear a decision when it outlines the 2018-2022 plan in June.
Due to the popularity of mini cars around the world, Jeep Baby may retain global products if any. Do not expect to see a baby jeep on North American land, where the bigger one seems to be better.