- 0-60 time:
- 10 sec. (Est.)
- Top Speed:
- 130 mph (Est.)
Back in 2012, Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne confirmed the company would unveil a 500X crossover sometime in 2014, and that the same platform would be used to develop a baby Jeep that would be sold worldwide. Since that announcement, all has been quiet about the baby Jeep . Fortunately, our spy photographers managed to catch it testing somewhere in Europe, piquing our interest in the process.
What you see here basically looks like a Fiat because you are indeed looking at a chopped up Fiat 500L body. Jeep engineers are using this hacked-up body to test the chassis and powertrains for the upcoming compact Jeep and the Fiat 500X.
When the baby Jeep arrives in production form, it will share nothing with the Frankencar we see here. It will receive the traditional Jeep grille and a boxier design.
For the U.S. market, Jeep will only offer a gasoline version of this yet-to-be-named mode, but Europeans, as usual, will also enjoy a diesel powertrain. In both markets, the model will be offered with standard front-wheel-drive system, with an all-wheel-drive configuration offered as an option.
The new baby Jeep will be produced at Fiat’s plant in Turin, Italy, and will reach dealers in early 2015. Considering the Cherokee starts at almost $23k, we expect the new baby Jeep to be priced under $20k.
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The prototype caught testing by our spy photographers is just a chopped up Fiat 500L body, so it will have nothing in common to the final model. Also, both Jeep and Fiat confirmed that despite the 500X and the new baby Jeep being built on the same platform, they will not share designs.
The new baby Jeep will feature the usual seven-slot Jeep grille, Cherokee-like headlights and that cool, waterfall hood.
On the European market and maybe in the U.S., the new baby Jeep will have to compete against the upcoming Fiat 500X. For the American market there is no official confirmation yet for the 500X.
The 500X will feature a design language similar to the entire 500 line. Under its hood, it will get a choice of three different engines, Fiat’s two-cylinder turbocharged TwinAir engine, a 1.4-liter and a 1.3-liter turbo-diesel.
Just like with the baby Jeep the new 500X will be unveiled in 2014.
The Countryman was unveiled at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show after being previewed by the Beachcomber Concept . The model is generally a slightly larger version of the Cooper, with an increased ride height and an optional all-wheel-drive system.
Like with any other Cooper model, the Countryman is offered in two versions: standard and S. The base model gets a 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine with 122 horsepower, while the S version the engine is turbocharge, increasing it output to 184 horsepower.