Jeep could expand its range with a smaller version of its Renegade SUV to rival the Fiat Panda Cross
18 January 2015

Jeep is evaluating the launch of an even smaller car to its Nissan Juke-rivalling Renegade, but it cannot yet see a business case for such a model, according to its CEO Mike Manley.

Speaking at the Detroit motor show, Manley said the firm was watching the growing small SUV segment with interest.

“The growth rates of sales in the segment are very impressive, but we have yet to find a compelling case to do it,” he said. “Smaller cars are inevitably less capable - the laws of physics dictate that - and a level of capability is key to any Jeep product.

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“Smaller cars are also harder to build profitably, especially if you are manufacturing them away from the home market. So there are some issues with the idea of a smaller Jeep than the Renegade.

“That said, the nearest rival would probably be the Fiat Panda Cross, which is incredibly capable for such a small car and which is enjoying a lot of success at the moment in some markets. So we have the know-how within the Group.”

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18 January 2015

with my current experience of Jeep dealership and its customer service I now advise anyone not to buy their products.
When it goes wrong and the electronics will from experience the aftercare is terrible. Cruise control shuts down and needs a power cycle to restart, random surges of acceleration - all this after the software was flashed without my knowledge by the dealer!

They also treat the Euro buyers very differently from the US buyers from what I am seeing in the forums.

They should stop building vehicles with a premium price tag with budget build quality.

TS7

18 January 2015

Well, since any micro-Jeep will probably be based on said Panda that's hardly an Earth-shattering revelation.

18 January 2015

There are so many better options if you want an SUV, why does anyone still buy Jeep?

 

I'm a disillusioned former Citroëniste.

18 January 2015

In New England, Boston in particular, I believe it's called the "Patriot". It's been around since 2007, with minor changes. Specs aren't great and I doubt it would make a splash in these parts.

K_A

19 January 2015
rybo1 wrote:

In New England, Boston in particular, I believe it's called the "Patriot". It's been around since 2007, with minor changes. Specs aren't great and I doubt it would make a splash in these parts.

K_A

19 January 2015
rybo1 wrote:

In New England, Boston in particular, I believe it's called the "Patriot". It's been around since 2007, with minor changes. Specs aren't great and I doubt it would make a splash in these parts.

The aforementioned Patriot and Compass models are compact SUVs, measuring closer to the recent Renegade, that are based on the ill-fated Dodge Caliber. Both models were sold in the UK but the Patriot was axed due to slow sales.

19 January 2015

What, even worse than a Renegade? It would take some real design negligence to achieve that.....

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