It is already known that Jeep will introduce a single replacement for the ageing Patriot and Compass models, but, according to the UK’s Autocar, it will be joined by another small SUV in the Fiat range.
Rivalling the Renault Nissan Alliance’s platform-sharing Qashqai and Kadjar small SUVs, the new Fiat and Jeep models are likely to be built on the same architecture that underpins the 500X and Renegade.
The project is understood to come as part of a new plan for FCA that focuses on premium cars and SUVs.
While Alfa Romeo and Maserati will cover the former, the company will also expand the Jeep range and add more high-riding models to the Fiat brand’s line-up.
The report adds that Fiat may even introduce a third new SUV below the 500X as a true ‘supermini’ companion to the tiny 500 hatch. This model would likely replace the Panda Cross that was revealed in Geneva last year.
This latest development follows confirmation earlier this month that Fiat will no longer work to become a top player in the volume-selling market dominated by the likes of Toyota and Volkswagen.
“In terms of the scope of a mass producer of vehicles, Fiat no longer offers, and it never intends to have, a full range of product of the kind mass brands have,” Fiat Chrysler boss Sergio Marchionne told press at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this month, promising the company will continue to “focus on what it does best”.
“What you are going to see over the next five to 10 years is a re-shifting and a reconfiguration of our market share position as a result of two things; one, the globalization of Jeep, which is progressing on track; and secondly the introduction of Alfa Romeo as a global range premium/sports car maker,” he said