Jeep’s new small SUV will come in both electric and mild-hybrid gasoline versions. It will replace the Renegade in the company’s lineup.
As part of its efforts to make more electric cars and reduce its carbon footprint, Jeep is likely to release its first electric SUV by the end of this year. Plans from Stellantis, the parent company, say that by 2030, more than 100 new EV products will be on the market. By 2030, it is expected that about half of all cars sold in the US will be electric vehicles. In Europe, that number is 100 percent.
During an online event in March of this year, Jeep showed a concept of its first electric SUV. The new Jeep compact SUV was seen for the first time in public while it was being filmed for a TV commercial. The leaked photos show that the SUV isn’t that different from its concept.
Spied: 2023 Jeep Compact SUV
Some of the most important features are the split headlights, LED daytime running lights on top, closed grille, prominent bumper, thick body cladding, muscular wheel arches, sporty alloy wheels, and rear door handle on the C-pillar. At the back of the SUV, there are big bumpers with fake skid plates and sharp taillights.
The interior of the new Jeep small SUV hasn’t been shown to the public yet, but top-level models are likely to have a floating touchscreen infotainment system, support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, ventilated leather seats, a sunroof, a power driver’s seat, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, an engine stop-start system, and wireless charging. Voice commands may also be used to control things like phone calls, texts, navigation, media options, the radio, and the temperature.
Jeep’s Performance in Small SUVs
Jeep’s new small SUV will come with both a mild hybrid gas engine and a pure electric drivetrain. Front-wheel drive will be standard on the base versions of both versions (FWD). Electronic all-wheel drive (eAWD), which will be an option, is likely to be available on high-end models. In traditional 4WD, the front and back wheels are physically synchronised. In eAWD, power is sent to the rear axle via an electric motor. eAWD is a cheap way to turn two-wheel-drive (2WD) vehicles into four-wheel-drive (4WD) vehicles.
The model that was seen seems to be the all-electric model because it has a “e” logo on the back and is not the AWD model. One of the new STLA platforms is likely to be the basis for the next small SUV from Jeep. It might use the same platform as the Peugeot e-2008 and Citroen e-C4 from Stellantis.
At this point, it is not clear if Jeep plans to sell its new small SUV in India. But if Jeep puts the gasoline-hybrid version of this SUV on the market in India, it will be interesting because it will compete directly with cars like the Creta, Seltos, Taigun, Kushaq, and the HyRyder and Grand Vitara that are coming out soon. Here, the company just released the Jeep Meridian, which starts at Rs 29.9 lakh (ex-showroom). The SUV is powered by either a 6-speed manual or 9-speed automatic transmission with a 2.0-liter diesel engine. The top models have a 44 option.
Later this year, a new Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV will go on sale. Just like the Compass, Wrangler, and Meridian, the new Grand Cherokee will be made in the same place. On the Indian market, there will be a version of the SUV with five seats. It will have a gasoline engine with a turbocharger that is 2.0 litres in size and is paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission.