"Baby" Jeep to be Made in Italy
The merger of Fiat and Chrysler was bound to make for some interesting vehicles hitting showrooms around the globe. The first such instance is the new Jeep Renegade, a compact sport-utility vehicle that debuted last month at the International Motor Show in Geneva. Jeep, a long-time rugged symbol of American automaker, will soon feature a SUV manufactured in Italy and built on the body of the Fiat 500X.
The Renegade is expected to compete with the Kia Soul and the Nissan Juke in the booming compact SUV market. Fiat’s expertise in developing and manufacturing small cars could be a boon to the ultimate success of the Jeep Renegade.
The “baby” Jeep, as it’s been dubbed, will be manufactured in Fiat’s plant in Melfi, Italy. The Fiat 500X, based on the same platform, will also be manufactured in the plant. The Italian-based automaker spent over $1 billion preparing the plant to churn out the two new vehicles.
The Renegade will feature two removable roof panels and two of the most intelligent 4x4 systems on the market. The Renegade is expected to live up to Jeep’s reputation for rugged durability while also yielding improved fuel efficiency. The new “baby” Jeep also offers a towing capacity of up to 2000 pounds.
Fiat predicts annual sales of the Renegade to top 150,000 units worldwide. The first joint effort between Fiat and Jeep is expected to hit showrooms later this year. If you’re interested in learning more about the Jeep Renegade, or test driving another Jeep model, contact the sales staff at Pomoco Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Hampton in Virginia.