Jeep India, the Indian subsidiary of American SUV maker Jeep, is betting big on compact SUVs. The first such compact SUV will be the Jeep B-Segment SUV that will be launched in 2014. India will be the first market to get the 2014 Jeep B-Segment SUV, one which is expected to be sold across the globe as Jeep’s entry level SUV. After the Indian launch, the SUV is expected to be sold in a range of markets across the globe. The 2014 B-Segment SUV from Jeep will be launched in the middle of 2014 and will be built at Fiat India’s Ranjangaon plant, off Pune.
Jeep India could use one of Fiat’s existing car platforms for the B-Segment SUV, which will come with dimensions that are similar to the likes of the Ford EcoSport and the Renault Duster. So, expect the 2014 Jeep B-Segment SUV to measure in at a little over 4 meters in length. While the Jeep entry level SUVs will share platforms with Fiat cars, the SUVs will retain the looks and characteristics that have come to define the Jeep brand. In line with that, expect a modicum of off road ability and butch looks to be a given.
Both turbo petrol and turbo diesel engines are expected to be on offer on the Jeep B-Segment SUV with the engines expected to be the 1.4 Liter turbo petrol unit and the 1.6 Liter Fiat Multijet turbo diesel motor. Expect these engines to be mated to manual gearboxes as standard. The 2014 Jeep B-Segment SUV is expected to be priced between INR 10-12 lakhs while the C-Segment SUV, which will arrive a couple of years later in 2016, is expected to be priced at INR 14-15 lakhs. So, the 2016 Jeep C-Segment SUV could take on the likes of the Mahindra XUV500 and the Tata Safari Storme.
Jeep is an American SUV brand under the Chrysler umbrella. Given that Italian car maker Fiat now owns Chrysler, the Jeep SUV brand is now owned by Fiat. Jeep is looking at major expansion into markets previously uncharted. So, the B-Segment and C-Segment SUVs, which will be priced lower than Jeep’s existing range of SUVs, are expected to lead the SUV maker’s charge into emerging markets like India, Brazil and South Africa.