Just relying on one product is not part of Jeep India's plans. While the Compass has indeed established the brand and has made it popular amongst Indian buyers; it is still a premium product. Thus Jeep India needs a compact SUV with the good news being that it is indeed a part of its plans for India. No, it is not the Renegade but an altogether new product.
Jeep will expand its SUV line-up from various angles. So one SUV would be below the Compass and another would be a three-row 7-seater model that would be positioned between the Compass and Grand Cherokee.
Of most interest would be the compact SUV as the sales potential is huge here. This compact SUV would be under 4m but just like the Compass the Jeep DNA would be important and it would just not be another compact SUV with a Jeep badge.
With this in mind, It will have rugged styling (might be similar to the Renegade SUV seen here) like the Compass but also clearly it would have segment first off-road ability and we do expect 4x4 plus even the modes to distinguish it. While compact SUVs till date have focused on on-road driving, the upcoming compact SUV will have its true Jeep DNA making it also a rugged SUV that does decent off-roading.
This compact SUV will enter a crowded space with the likes of the Hyundai Venue, Maruti Brezza and Mahindra XUV300. While we are still some time away from its launch, we do hope to see this soon and cannot wait to hear more about this SUV. Meanwhile what are your thoughts on this upcoming 'baby' Jeep? Tell us in the comments section below.