FCA had confirmed in its new 5-year plan this June that it will launch a 3-row mid-size SUV under the Jeep brand in India by 2022. According to a new report from Moneycontrol, this model will arrive in 2022.
Jeep already has two mid-size SUVs on offer internationally - the Jeep Cherokee and the Jeep Commander/Jeep Grand Commander. A third separate model currently referred to as a “Low D 3-row” model is planned to arrive by 2022, and this is the one India could get. The name suggests that we will get a low-cost model not as sophisticated as the global Jeep Cherokee or even the China-only Jeep Commander/Jeep Grand Commander for that matter.
FCA knows that to grow the Jeep brand in India significantly from where it is now it will need to eventually cater to customers with models priced under INR 10 lakh. So, it has planned a sub-4 metre SUV too. Going up against the segment leader Maruti Vitara Brezza as well as the Ford EcoSport and the Mahindra S201, this model will also arrive in 2022, as per the report.
The new models will help FCA boost domestic sales and make India an export hub. To serve the higher demand, the company will increase its annual production capacity by 1.5 times from late-2017 (1,60,000 units) to 2,40,000 units. The Jeep Compass is already witnessing strong demand in what was otherwise a low-volume segment. FCA sold 25,000 units of the C-SUV within a year from launch in India.
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