Now would like to talk about one car that was spotted on the road but there is still scarce information about it. To tell you the truth, this car is not close to set the world on fire and won’t become the most favorable SUV on any market. You may be wondering then why the hell we wrote an article about it. Well, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles invested almost $300 million in a production facility in Ran again, India, for the production of the new Jeep model. This is a huge sum of money and perhaps Jeep has big long term plans with this model. 2018 Jeep C-Segment CUV a.k.a. Jeep 551 should replace Patriot and Compass. However, the name hasn’t been officially determined thus don’t get surprised if it comes under some other nameplate (some journalists call it Mini Grand Cherokee).
Why is production sent to India? India is surely going to be one of the main markets for C CUV but the focus is on some other country. FCA plans to export this vehicle to Australia. India is quite close to Australian and production costs are way lower than in the US and Europe. This is the main reason why the new model is going to be produced in this Asian country. They need to cut the costs in order to keep the price down and be more competent.
Apart from Australia, they will export this crossover to some other countries, such as South Africa. FCA targets right-hand drive markets so the United Kingdom might be of them. Don’t expect to see it in the United States or the other parts of Europe. Japan is also out of the question since its market is saturated with cars and 2018 Jeep C-Segment CUV can’t compete with them.
Design of Jeep C-Segment CUV 2018
It appears that 2018 Jeep C-Segment CUV was spotted on the road. We managed to get several spy photos of the camouflaged vehicle which several sources claim to be the future C-Segment CUV. Apparently, it takes after Renegade. It is based on the same platform as Jeep Renegade but it seems to be longer. Many believed this crossover would be based on CUSW platform but Jeep announced this is not going to happen. Generally, design is not innovative and looks like a combination of other models. It seems that Jeep wasn’t focused much on design but on entering Australian market with this vehicle. On another hand this doesn’t mean C-Segment CUV 2018 looks unattractive, just it doesn’t offer anything new.
When it comes to interior there is scarce information about it. It is surely be equipped with the latest technology which includes: Pandora Link, satellite radio, GPS, Bluetooth audio system and automatic climate control. However, everything else remains unknown. In our opinion, the interior will resemble other Jeep models and there won’t be anything surprising.
Since Jeep didn’t release any info regarding the powertrain we can only speculate about it. There rumors that under the hood of the 2018 Jeep C-Segment CUV a 2.0l Tigershark will be placed. This engine comes with an output of 164 horsepower and it won’t be the only available option. A 2.0l Multi Jet II Diesel should complete the lineup. It delivers 170 horsepower and comes with 6-speed manual transmission, as well as the base engine. Some unreliable sources mentioned optional transmission but we don’t want to take these allegations into consideration. Performance and fuel economy are yet to be published.
2018 Jeep C-Segment CUV Price and Release date
At this moment we don’t have a clue what the price might be. Renegade’s starting price is $18,990 and many believe 2018 Jeep C-Segment CUV’s price will be similar. However, there is just not enough information to come up with a possible price. On the other hand, it has been already published that this crossover is coming to the market in 2018. This refers to Australia while we don’t know when it will be released in the other markets.