India-bound Jeep 551 SUV snapped by IAB reader - Spied

25/01/2016 - 15:51 | ,  ,   | Aravind Jayachandran

Could make world premiere at the 2016 New York International Auto Show in March.

Courtesy of IAB reader, Macrey Romero, a new spyshot of the Jeep 551 offers a closer look at the production-spec body. The sub-Cherokee model is expected to make its world premiere at the 2016 New York International Auto Show in March and could be called either the Patriot or the Compass.

India-bound Jeep 551 SUV snapped
The rear-end of the Jeep 551 is slightly raked to the front, and appears to have wrap-around taillamps and a roof spoiler.

Various renderings and spyshots depict that the Jeep 551 will head in the Jeep Grand Cherokee’s styling direction, sporting a refined and modern look. Although not seen in the spyshot, it will certainly have Jeep’s iconic seven slot grille flanked by small headlamps, and a clamshell hood. It rides on a high ground clearance, and could get black plastic cladding for better protection over off-road trails. The rear-end is slightly raked to the front, and appears to have wrap-around taillamps and a roof spoiler.

The Jeep 551 will be based on Jeep Renegade’s small-wide front-wheel drive platform. Engine lineup could include a 2.0-liter Tigershark petrol and 2.0-liter MultiJet II diesel, while a 6-speed manual and 9-speed automatic could serve as transmission options. An AWD system is likely to be optional in higher grades.

Jeep Compass:Patriot replacement (551) front thee quarter IAB Rendering
The Jeep 551 will be based on Jeep Renegade’s small-wide front-wheel drive platform.

Also Read: Jeep showcases Wrangler, Grand Cherokee SRT in India

The Jeep 551 is confirmed to be introduced for sale in the Indian market, where it will be manufactured at Fiat-Tata JV’s plant in Ranjangaon. Media reports say that the Jeep C-SUV would also be exported to RHD markets like Australia, South Africa and the U.K.

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