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Jeep: Entry-level electric SUV spied

Jeep has already expanded its range upwards with the hulking Grand Wagoneer L, now it’s getting ready to expand it downwards.

The baby Jeep is expected to debut in 2023, and will be smaller than even the Renegade.

Under the skin, the as-yet unnamed new model will likely be built on Peugeot Citroen underpinnings (dubbed EMP) to cut costs, and open up the range of engines on offer.

Current EMP models have a pure-electric variant that uses a 50kWh lithium-ion battery and a front-mounted 100kW electric motor and offer approximately 321km of electric range, which should offer a guide as to what to expect from the baby Jeep.

The platform also supports petrol, diesel, and hybrid power, which suggests the littlest Jeep will offer a range of powertrains.

The as-yet unnamed model will not only be the first fully-electric Jeep, but the first product from the former Fiat Chrysler group based on a platform from Peugeot-Citroen. The two groups merged at the start of 2021 to form Stellantis.

Unlike the wider Jeep range, which is aimed at the USA and markets such as Australia first, the smaller model will be focused on cashing in on the European market with compact dimensions and more efficient engines.

It’s expected to be manufactured at the same plant as the upcoming Alfa Romeo Brennero in Poland.

Outside, it packs upright lines and – we expect – a classic seven-slot Jeep grille. The tail light share a bit with those of the Renegade.

The Renegade never set the sales charts alight in Australia, and was retired from the range in 2020.

Jeep blamed the weak Australian dollar; the fact it was outsold even by the Ford EcoSport the year before its axing may have also played a role.

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