Within the next three years, Jeep will add two new models to its lineup, a subcompact crossover built in Europe and a three-row luxury SUV made in Detroit.
The new vehicles will be designed primarily for regular road use with better ride comfort – a tall change from Jeep’s traditional of rugged, off-road vehicles. The new subcompact crossover will be built in Italy alongside the Fiat 500X and the American automaker plans to take advantage of the booming crossover market by selling around 150,000 units annually worldwide. Its styling will be similar to a baby Wrangler and will appear in North American dealerships next year.
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As for the rest of the Jeep lineup, the Compass crossover will obtain a new six-speed transmission for the 2014 model year, but expect few changes until the automaker makes a decision on whether the Compass or Patriot will survive in 2015. As a result, the Patriot’s only upcoming change will also be the new six-speed automatic.
The Wrangler will likely get re-engineered for 2016 with subtle changes to its styling. Changes to its powertrain include an eight-speed transmission and an optional diesel engine. Jeep will also likely put the Wrangler on a diet to lose a few pounds, while a Wrangler-based pickup is under consideration.
Both the Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee will be untouched until at least 2016, especially since the Jeep Grand Cherokee received a major overhaul for the 2014 model year.
Lastly, the Grand Wagoneer’s development has been delayed two years to 2015 in order to give the new Dodge Durango some time to get acclimated in the marketplace. The seven-passenger Grand Wagoneer will be built to compete with the Cadillac Escalade in the large premium SUV segment.
[Source: Automotive News]
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