Jeep prepares entry-level SUV for 2022 and its electric version for 2023


Jeep’s lineup will expand as the new entry-level crossover begins production in November 2022.

Jeep’s lineup will expand as the new entry-level crossover begins production in November 2022. According to Automotive News Europe, the model is codenamed Project 516 and will be located under the Renegade. The assembly is going to be organized in Poland. As a base, the developers chose the CMP platform, which forms the basis of the range of Citroen, DS, Peugeot and Opel / Vauxhall models.

The crossover will initially hit the market with gasoline engines, but the electric variant is slated for production in February 2023. It is reported that in 11 months it will be followed by a moderate-hybrid variant.

There is no specifics, but the new Jeep should use PSA engines. Auto giant Stellantis can produce up to 110,000 units per year. The mild hybrid variant will be front-wheel drive, with an electric motor installed between the engine and transmission.

The entry-level Jeep will be joined by the Fiat crossover, codenamed Project 364, in April 2023. Electric and mild-hybrid options follow. The model draws inspiration from the well-received Centoventi concept. Stellantis has high hopes for the car as documents suggest the company will produce 130,000 units annually.

Stellantis is also preparing an entry-level crossover from the Alfa Romeo brand. It may be called Brennero, but it hasn’t been approved for production yet. The Alfa crossover is expected to enter production in October 2023 as an electric vehicle. A mild hybrid variant could arrive about six months later, with an all-wheel drive version in 2024. If the latest version gets approved, the all-wheel drive system will go to the little Jeep as well.

Read also that Fiat has unveiled an updated 2022 Fiat Toro pickup based on the Jeep Compass crossover.