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Tony O'Kane | Sep, 24 2013 | 4 Comments

Seven-slot grille? Round headlight cavities? While this prototype was snapped wearing heavy camouflage over its snout, there's no mistaking this car's lineage: it's got to be a Jeep.

And not just any Jeep either - it's the Fiat-based compact model that's expected to sit below the Compass and Patriot.

Spied during testing at a Chrysler proving ground in the United States, this prototype is clothed with the bodyshell of a Fiat 500L, the supersized sibling of the tiny 500 city car.

But though they share their nomenclature, the 500L is a very different beast to the Fiat 500. It's built on a different platform and occupies a much larger footprint.

And while the 500L is front-drive only, its crossover cousin the 500X will have all-wheel drive underpinnings.

And it's the 500X that's expected to form the basis for Jeep's own compact crossover, but at this early stage it's unclear whether the two will share any sheetmetal. This mule's 500L skin is merely a disguise.

Like lesser models in the Jeep range, the as-yet-unnamed compact Jeep will feature both FWD and AWD drivetrain options, with powertrains likely to be shared with the Fiat 500X.

Production will take place in the USA, however it's not yet known when - or if - the compact Jeep will make it to Australia.

One thing's for sure though: despite this Jeep's Italian roots, its front end will be unmistakeably American.

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