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Unread 02-07-2014, 01:34 PM   #1
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Jeep Baby Crossover Gets Rendered (Jeep Latitude)



Rendering via AutoExpress

Scheduled to be unveiled at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show in March, alongside the Euro-spec 2014 Jeep Cherokee, the brandís all-new subcompact SUV (Lattitude) is still a mystery as far as design and powetrains are concerned.

Although Jeep has yet to drop the camouflage off its new vehicle, which was spotted several times by our spy photographers in Italy and Sweden, the folks over at Auto Express took a shot at guessing whatís beneath the black covers.

The rendering takes inspiration from the familiar Jeep Wrangler and features the same boxy shape and squared-off wheel arches seen across the automakerís lineup. The seven-bar front grille is flanked by round headlamps, despite Jeepís efforts in making them looks square on their test vehicle.

The new crossover will be built in Fiatís factory in Melfi, Italy, alongside the 500L model, who will be donating its 0.9-liter TwinAir, 1.4-liter MultiAir and 1.6-liter MultiJet engines.

http://www.autoevolution.com/news/je...red-76252.html

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Insert that bump'ity bumpity music. have it drive off a cliff and swim over here to have us say W-T-F are they thinking. Fiat is the death of the Jeep. More poorly made shyht foisted on the public. Even the Samy is better than this.

hows that Fiat 500 doing here? I can tell you just do not see that many on the road here. for the money its just not worth it.
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So a Fiat Panda with a Jeep grille. Don't worry, they offer a 4x4 version.

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Check out that flex!
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I don't think that's quite it, but I guess it's probably pretty close.

And to all the purists: If Jeep doesn't sell to more than just the hardcore purists, there won't be a Jeep to sell.

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So a Fiat Panda with a Jeep grille. Don't worry, they offer a 4x4 version.

Check out that flex!
Actually from what I've heard it is a Fiat 500L with a jeep grill/badge, the Panda would actually be a (slightly) better platform.
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Actually from what I've heard it is a Fiat 500L with a jeep grill/badge, the Panda would actually be a (slightly) better platform.
Wrong on both counts. The Fiat 500X is a more technically competent platform than the Panda (The 500X is essentially a renewed, uprated Panda, since the 500 was originally based on the Panda), and the Jeep variant will share as much with it as the new Jeep Cherokee does with the Dodge Dart. The B-Jeep has been stated to have roundly the same capability as the new Cherokee, but in a smaller platform and a much lower price tag.
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I don't think that's quite it, but I guess it's probably pretty close.

And to all the purists: If Jeep doesn't sell to more than just the hardcore purists, there won't be a Jeep to sell.
THIS times ELEVENTYBILLION!
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like i said, Fiat = Junk...................... Jeep RIP................
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like i said, Fiat = Junk...................... Jeep RIP................
You realize that your 2012 JK would never have existed without Fiat intervention, right? And that the Fiat-generated Jeeps (Compass/Patriot overhauls, Grand Cherokee, Cherokee) have sold, and been rated, exponentially better than their DBAG predecessors?
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Is this going to be in the USA or just over seas?
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Purists, count your blessings. FIAT actually rescued Jeep from the Chinese who were hoping to pick it up for next to nothing when Chrysler collapsed, and ship the Toledo plant to China. How would that fit in the purist world? If Jeep wants to survive it has to compete in all markets, including subcompacts. Let's hope that they're also going to proceed with a Wrangler-based p/u.
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Is this going to be in the USA or just over seas?
As far as we know, it's going to be marketed primarily at developing markets and Europe, but will be sold worldwide. Except a narrower range of options in North America, but for it to still come in cheaper than the current Patriot and Compass to start, with a selection of small 4-cylinder gas and, possibly, diesel engines.

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Purists, count your blessings. FIAT actually rescued Jeep from the Chinese who were hoping to pick it up for next to nothing when Chrysler collapsed, and ship the Toledo plant to China. How would that fit in the purist world? If Jeep wants to survive it has to compete in all markets, including subcompacts. Let's hope that they're also going to proceed with a Wrangler-based p/u.
Dingding. The Fiat partnership was essential for Chrysler receiving bailout funds. Without those, Chrysler would have been parted out and sold off, likely to a Chinese automaker.

EDIT: Ironically, almost everything I've ever heard that will kill Jeep has made it stronger.

Wagon-bodied Jeeps? Pfft, too girly compared to the CJ, they'll kill the brand! Wagoneer, Cherokee and Grand Cherokee go on to literally create one of the the largest and most prosperous segments in the auto industry, save brand in Kaiser and AMC days, become icons in their own right.

Coil springs on the TJ? Too soft, girly Jeep. TJ outsells YJ by a wide margin, becomes arguably most popular Wrangler/CJ version.

4-door Wrangler? Soccer mom mobile. Winds up being, arguably, the most capable vehicle Jeep has ever made, doubling Wrangler sales figures, and setting the Wrangler as the best-selling BOF SUV on the market.

IFS/IRS Grand Cherokee? Who'd ever want that? Unsurprisingly, everyone, as it nearly doubles WK sales numbers and becomes generally accepted as the best vehicle in the segment.

The new Cherokee has already shot past the last months of Liberty sales and is on track to match the Liberty's best sales numbers if demand keeps up. The first Fiat Jeep, which everybody here expected to kill the brand, is doing a pretty good job of NOT killing it so far.
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I would totally buy the baby jeep if it is here. That meets everything I would want in a DD.
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Agreed. It'll seat 4-5 with some cargo, be great on gas, have no troubles with inclement weather and/or unimproved roads and will probably be available with a decent options package for around $20,000. Yeah, it won't cross the Rubicon and you won't be able to stick a Dana 60 and 40"s under it (Well, not without some work), but for an affordable, practical runabout to go with your Wrangler that you CAN cross the Rubicon with, it'll likely be a great choice.
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