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The new Fiat crossover will replace the Fiat Sedici, and become the fourth variant in the Fiat 500 range. It will share Fiat’s small vehicle architecture platform with the Fiat Punto and the 500L (Shown Above). The 500X and the new Jeep, which is going by the codename B-SUV, will be offered with a four wheel drive setup likely borrowed from the Fiat Panda.
The 500X will go on sale in worldwide markets before the new Jeep is introduced in North America, with production slated to begin at Fiat’s plant in Mirafiori, Italy in December 2013. This means that the Jeep B-SUV will likely not start production until mid-2014.
The Jeep should receive a “trail-rated” version thanks to its four wheel drive capability, and is also going to be available with Fiat’s MultiJet diesel engine. A 900cc TwinAir motor and a 1.4-litre four-cylinder are the likely candidates for gasoline engines.
Plans for a new Jeep model below the Compass and Patriot have been pushed back as part of a larger financial reorganization within Chrysler parent company Fiat. The new model, code named B-SUV, was to be built at the automaker’s Mirafiori plant in Italy, but a $1.3 billion expansion of that facility has been pushed back a year.
Further delaying the process, Fiat will first move ahead with a sister-vehicle to the B-SUV for sale in Europe to replace the Sedici model, which is currently based on the Suzuki SX4. That model will begin production in later 2013, with the Jeep not planned for assembly until mid 2014. Once the expansion is completed, Fiat expects to built up to 280,000 of the compact crossovers based on the new Small Wide platform, which underpins the recently revealed Fiat 500L.
The new platform is capable of running all-wheel drive and so it’s expected the B-SUV will get Jeep’s “Trail Rated” stamp of approval.