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The 2014 model year will see the return of the Grand Wagoneer badge to a Jeep. Set to arrive in 2013 it will share its underpinnings with the Dodge Durango, with three rows and seven seats. Likely to be offered with both the Pensatar V6 and the Hemi V8, this model could be the first use of Chrysler’s new 8-speed automatic transmission in a Jeep. That same auto-box is expected to make its way into the Grand Cherokee as well.
In addition, Jeep is planning three new Fiat-based models, all of which are expected to arrive right around the same time. First up will be a new sub-compact Jeep designed for the North American and Latin America market. For the compact class, Jeep will unveil its replacement for the Compass, based on Fiat’s CUSW platform. Offered in both front and all-wheel drive versions, the first CUSW-based model to arrive will be a new Alfa Romeo crossover in 2012, so look for much of that vehicle to be carried over. While the Patriot is expected to be axed, the Liberty will live on, representing the future of the mid-size Jeep and using a larger version of the CUSW platform, appropriately named CUSW Plus.
All four models are expected to arrive some time in 2013, as 2014 model year cars, representing a refresh of almost the entire Jeep lineup.
[Source: Automotive News]
Jeep‘s entry-level Compass model could get a diesel powerplant when the current soft-roader is replaced with an all-new model in 2013. According to officials at Chrysler, the replacement vehicle for both the Compass and Patriot could get an oil-burner which would be sourced from Chrysler’s new Italian owners at Fiat.
Currently the Compass is sold with a diesel engine in other markets, although that powerplant is made by Mercedes-Benz, making 164-hp and 236 ft-lbs of torque while getting 43-mpg.
Recent reports have suggested an huge influx of diesel powertrains will be coming to America, from the likes of Mazda, Volvo and even General Motors, however, none of the rumors have been confirmed. Of all automakers currently selling Diesels in the U.S., Volkswagen is perhaps best known, although it’s not clear of the business case is a profitable one as diesels are expensive to manufacture.
Were the Compass to be offered as a diesel, it wouldn’t be cheap with a likely price of around $28,000.