The Jeep Compass is FCA India's best-selling model in right now and moving forward, it wants to grow its SUV sales to a much higher level. The company has lined up several new Jeep launches for the same.
FCA India's future Jeep launches will include locally manufactured models as well. In the mid-term future, the company has confirmed that it will launch a 7-seat SUV and a sub-4 metre SUV. The former will reportedly be a derivative of the Jeep Compass. Speaking about the development of these models recently, Kevin Flynn, CEO and MD, FCA India, said: "What we’d announced in May last year at the investors' conference was the fact that we are looking at two more vehicles effectively for the Indian market."
So one is a B-SUV, the smaller one below Compass, and then logically, the other commitment made there was on a D-SUV, a three-row product. Now, both are progressing very well.
The 7-seat Jeep Compass, also referred to as Jeep Grand Compass, will compete with the VW Tiguan Allspace that is currently under consideration for India. Recently, it was reported that the three-row model will be launched in 2020. The Jeep sub-4 metre SUV will go against the Hyundai Venue, Maruti Vitara Brezza, Mahindra XUV300 and Tata Nexon. Codenamed Jeep 526, this model will sit on the same platform as the next-gen Fiat Panda.
To support the launches of the new locally manufactured Jeep models, the production capacity of the FCA-Tata plant in Ranjangaon will be increased by 1.5 times to 2,40,000 units by 2022.
[Source - Autocar India]