Jeep Turning to Fiat Platforms for Three Future Models

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Jeep plans to increase its stable of models from four to at least six by 2016, with three of those future Jeep models built on platforms from Fiat.

The revamp will not only increase the American automaker’s product range, but its overseas presence as Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne strives to establish Jeep as a core global brand.

Currently, Jeeps are sold in more than 120 countries this year is expected to be its best to date, topping its previous global sales record of 675,000 units set in 1999. According to the automaker, nearly 33 percent of those sales will come from international markets.

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To help expedite Jeep’s global growth, Marchionne has focused on streamlining production on its models, sharing major underbody components with one or more Fiat group brands. In 2014, Fiat plans on building baby Jeep models alongside Fiat-branded vehicles, investing $1.3 billion in doing so. A pair of smallish crossover vehicles will not only share chassis and powertrain components, but will be exported from Fiat’s Melfi plant to the rest of the world.

There’s plenty in the works for the Jeep brand (as detailed in a previous story) and Chrysler designers and engineers are working on replacements for the Wrangler and Grand Cherokee models for 2016-2017.

With its iconic heritage and tradition, the Jeep brand is looking to evolve in the near future, but Fiat is being cautious to ensure that it lives up to its name.

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[Source: Automotive News]

Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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