Jeep works on smaller SUV
Jeep is starting to think a little more out of the box by first announcing plans to create a pick-up in the next three years and, now, they have also announced plans for a smaller SUV. This SUV will be placed under the current Patriot. The company will make an official announcement on this future model in November.
If built, the smallest Jeep will share a Fiat platform and powertrain and will be developed for B-segment markets outside North America. Jeep brand CEO Michael Manley said in an interview that because of the pricing, the new vehicle "would open the brand to a much younger buyer." Also, refering to the future SUV, he said: the new model "will be significantly smaller than a Wrangler, it will be a true Jeep. You will get capability, safety and value."
He also said that the future model will be cheaper than the current Patriot. This means that buyers will have to pay less than $15k for the smaller Jeep. The 2010 Patriot is priced at $15,995 for the front-wheel-drive model, and $17,495 for the all-wheel-drive model.
Source: Automotive News