UPDATE, 2 March 2021: Reports out of Europe overnight have provided more details on the upcoming small SUV from Jeep.
Sources have told Automotive News Europe the new 'baby Jeep' will slot below the current Jeep Renegade, and will use powertrains developed by Peugeot, with the potential for an electric motor to power the rear axle to make the model all-wheel-drive.
Slated for production in July 2022, the Polish-built Jeep is thought to be the first model from the recent merger of Fiat-Chrysler Group (which included Jeep) and Peugeot Group, named Stellantis. Two all-electric vehicles will follow from Fiat and Alfa Romeo at the same facility.
The above render from artist KDesign AG imagines what the new SUV could look like.
As previously reported by CarAdvice, the new Jeep model will be based on the Compact Modular Platform (CMP), shared with the Peugeot 2008 and Citroen C4.
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4 January 2021: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has announced plans to upgrade its Tychy, Poland factory to build three new models for Jeep, Fiat and Alfa Romeo from the second half of 2022, one of which could be Alfa Romeo's upcoming, city-sized SUV.
In a media release published by the group's Polish arm, FCA confirmed plans for the "expansion and modernisation" of the Tychy facility – comprising an investment reportedly totalling 755 million Polish złoty (AUD$263 million) – in order to "start mass production of the first of three new passenger car models for the group's brands in the second half of 2022."
"The announced Jeep, Fiat and Alfa Romeo cars are technologically advanced models based on a new concept of mobility. They will be manufactured using the most advanced drive systems, including all-electric drive."
Hybrid powertrains will also be on offer, the statement confirms.
Above and top: Alfa Romeo Tonale concept, previewing an Audi Q3-sized, C-segment compact SUV (not the B-SUV, it's important to note) due in 2021.
While the identity of the new Jeep, Fiat and Alfa Romeo models have yet to be confirmed, it's understood the vehicles will all slot into the B-segment, 'light' SUV segment, competing with city-sized SUVs the likes of the Toyota Yaris Cross, Ford Puma and Audi Q2 (though the lattermost is officially classed as a 'small SUV' in Australia).
Such a classification would see the mystery Alfa Romeo model arrive as the 'B-SUV' announced during an earnings call in 2019, which at the time was confirmed to enter production sometime in 2022, and offer a battery-electric variant.
Rumours from Automotive News Europe later in 2019 suggested an all-electric, Alfa Romeo-badged "small crossover" due to arrive late in 2022 would be the first FCA vehicle since its merger with France's Groupe PSA to use the latter conglomerate's CMP platform, shared with the Peugeot 208, Citroen e-C4 and a variety of other models.
Given how closely the earnings call and Automotive News Europe reports line up with FCA Poland's announcement this week, it's all-but-confirmed that the new, Polish-built Alfa Romeo model – a first for the brand, given all recent Alfa models have been built in Italy – will be the aforementioned B-segment city SUV.
Meanwhile, the mystery Jeep model would likely morph into a replacement for, or, as detailed in a 2018 financial plan, a smaller cousin to the existing Renegade small SUV (above), while the Fiat would likely take the shape of the next-generation 500X small SUV, which overseas reports suggest will be renamed '500XL', and will share its platform with the new, all-electric 500e.
However, the wording of the announcement – and the nature of streamlining automotive production – suggests all three models would share a common architecture, likely the PSA-designed CMP platform poised for the Alfa Romeo B-SUV, rather than the bespoke chassis utilised by the Fiat 500e and its aforementioned, rumoured '500XL' SUV sibling.