JEEP 551 SPIED – YOU SAW IT FIRST WITH CAR BUSINESS
A couple of months ago, I brought you early heavily camouflaged spy shots of the upcoming Jeep Compass and Patriot replacement.
The Jeep 551 (codename) is seen here testing against a Honda CRV and Hyundai Tucson in Brazil, where arguably this new vehicle will be built. The 2 white vehicles obviously are the comparison cars, whilst the ones in camo are the Jeeps.
I’m reminded that Jeep VP Mike Manley said that Jeep will always have a high line model capable of meeting the trail rated standard, so it will be interesting as to what’s happened with the 551.
The International launch is slated for November at the Sao Paulo International Motor Show, so expect more information as we get closer.
“The Jeep 551 (Compass or Patriot here) has been spied testing alongside the Hyundai Tucson and the Honda CR-V in Brazil, courtesy Autos Segredos.
The compact crossover/SUV segment has different sub-segments globally, and in North America, soft-roaders like the Honda CR-V and the Toyota RAV4 are popular. Even though a Jeep would be very different from a Honda or a Hyundai, there will certainly be some level of competition between them as they fall in the same price segment.
The Jeep 551 will be based on the small-wide FWD platform. The car’s global premiere will be held in November in Brazil, it has been confirmed.
‘Jeep 551’ is the internal codename of the upcoming compact crossover, which is also known as the ‘Jeep C-SUV’. Spy shots suggest that the Jeep 551 will look like a smaller version of the Jeep Grand Cherokee. The Jeep 551 will be the second generation model of either the Jeep Compass or the Jeep Patriot, and be based on the Fiat 500X and the Jeep Renegade‘s small-wide front-wheel drive platform.
Expected to be one of the most globally focused Jeep models, the Jeep C-SUV will be available in both left-hand drive and right-hand drive versions. Reports say that two engines will be offered: ~164 hp 2.0-liter Tigershark petrol and ~170 hp 2.0-liter MultiJet II diesel, mated to 6-speed manual or 9-speed automatic transmission.
The Jeep C-SUV will be unveiled at the Sao Paulo International Motor Show in November. It will be built in Brazil first for the domestic and many global markets. Expect an Australian release in the first quarter of 2017.
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