Report – Fiat India to manufacture & export Jeep’s C-segment SUV

Posted on: Oct 29, 2014 - 3:04pm IST

It would replace the Patriot and Compass models. 

Jeep’s product plan for global as well as the Indian market lists out a C-Segment SUV that will launch in the year 2016, mostly towards the end of that year. Details about this new model are scarce but the international media report that the new C-SUV will replace the Jeep Compass and Patriot models, and will slot between the Renegade and the Cherokee.

Jeep Cherokee front three quarters at Geneva Motor Show 2014
The C-SUV will be positioned below the new Cherokee.

Adding a bit of twist, the Economic Times states that this SUV will be manufactured in India for domestic as well as export markets like South Africa, U.K. and Australia (right-hand drive markets). The company has put a plan in motion to invest INR 1,500-2,500 crores to make this SUV in India, possibly at a new manufacturing line at the Tata-Fiat joint venture plant in Ranjangaon, Maharashtra.

Sources told the newspaper that development work has already started and the car is codenamed M6 or 556. Production is slated to start in late 2016, and the SUV will be priced at about INR 20-25 lakhs in the domestic market.

Jeep Renegade side at the Moscow Motor Show 2014
Sadly, the entry-level Renegade is ruled out for India.

Fiat is expected to make an announcement regarding this shortly, as the company was waiting for the Fiat-Chrysler merger to complete.

Also read: 2018 Jeep Wrangler to focus on efficiency and weight loss

Fiat India will launch the Jeep brand next year with two products, Wrangler and Grand Cherokee. The smaller Renegade compact SUV is ruled out for India.

Competitors: Ford Endeavour, Toyota Fortuner, Hyundai Santa Fe
Expected Price: INR 20-25 lakhs, ex-Showroom
Launch date: End of 2016

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[Source – Economic Times]

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4 thoughts on “Report – Fiat India to manufacture & export Jeep’s C-segment SUV

  1. Ganshram says:

    Hello Friends @IAB Greetings

    I Bet my money on 1 TATA motors and 2 Hyundai both will upstage Maruti by 2020.

    Of late Maruti is coming out with Cars that are not very pleasing to look .Iam sure Ciaz will not be a great success. The designs of Hyundai are very Pleasing but their Engines are not upto mark.If they concentrare on their engines it will be good

    The sleeping Giant is TATA they have deeppockets and 2 Iconic brands Jaguar and LandRover.

    They have the advantage is using the synergies between these 3 companies.

    ZEST is a Wonderful product from TATA .

    Its HYUNDAI who are maximising the benifits from India .

    They Export all components and Sub assemblies through Glovis Hyundai, completely making use of the Hi Tech Talent of Chennai Suppliers and Human Resourses.

    Wish Both Tata and Hyundai India Great Success in the coming years

  2. Dr. Nayak says:

    Unlike JLR this company appear to be more India centric. Thank god, the unemployed youth in India have some hope.

    1. Hello Dr. Nayak, have you read about JLR’s announcement on the Brazilian plant that we’ve reported on this morning? What are your thoughts on that?

      I would think that the qualified youth of India don’t have to rely on Jeep or JLR to find jobs. There are plenty of other mainstream manufacturers who have big plans for the country, including the opening of new factories, R&D centers, business centers and let’s not forget the components sourcing potential of India which runs into billions of dollars of business each year from vendor parks.

      1. Dr. Nayak says:

        Hi Shrawan,
        Even though JLR is owned by Tata they are doing very little in India compared to other MNC auto companies (BMW and MB build their some of engines in India, Bharat Benz with 80% plus indigenization of trucks with locally built engine, JCB with fully built earth moving equipment and you all know about Suzuki, Volvo Truck/Bus, Nissan, Honda, Hyundai and Fiat). Can you imagine BMW, MB, VW, and Audi doing the same? Will they make their flag ship brands exclusively in China or any other country before they do it in Germany? Just take a look at Volvo, which is owned by a Chinese company and their development model which is “China centric in cooperation with Sweden”. My question to all Indian brothers and sisters is; why this company would not make products in
        India for the global market to improve the image of India as a world class
        manufacturing hub? What are they worried about? Everyone knows that JLR is
        owned by Tata that makes Nano, and “OK Horn” Tata trucks, and that perception
        is not going to change. This is just like Mr. Tata donating $75 mil to Harvard,
        when young children not enrolled in primary school are sleeping on the sidewalk
        of his corporate headquarters.
        Coming to jobs, even one job created by anyone, is one less unemployed in India. These type of jobs typically tend to be better paying and add to the skill level or workers.

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