If any vehicle from another brand could convincingly wear a Jeep badge, it’s the redesigned Suzuki Jimny.
Auto Express reports the American brand is launching an “ultra compact” SUV in 2022.
Marco Pigozzi, Jeep’s European head of product marketing, told Auto Express, “The car will be able to be used as a bad-ass Jeep, but it has also been designed to be used everyday.”
Jeep has committed to becoming the greenest SUV brand by 2022, offering electrification across its entire range.
Above: The Jeep Compass PHEV
Such an aim is critical for Jeep's success in Europe, where forthcoming EU regulations set a fleet-wide average emission target of 95g of CO2 per kilometre from 2021. That corresponds with fuel consumption of 4.1L/100km.
An A-segment Jeep has been featured in recent FCA future product plans, however the company’s plans have been notorious for their fluidity. Just look, for example, at the Chrysler 100, the next-generation Alfa Romeo 166 and GTV, and the Dodge Dart SRT – four products that appeared on plans but never came to fruition.
These reports, however, suggest the A-segment SUV is more than a pipe dream.
PSA and FCA’s merger hasn’t gone through yet so it’s unlikely Jeep would be able to get access to PSA’s EMP platform in time for a 2022 product launch.
That leaves the upcoming 500’s platform as a possibility. The next 500 will be all-electric but if its platform supports both electrified and ICE drivetrains, it’s a logical basis for a baby Jeep with optional electrification.