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Fiat-Based Jeeps Coming In 2013

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Following the announcement of the proposed alliance between Fiat and Chrysler in January, the question on everybody’s lips was which European top-sellers were finally going to come to North America.

With Wednesday’s reveal of the new Chrysler-Fiat duo’s five-year strategy, things are starting to get a lot clearer.

One of the biggest changes will be introduction of several small Jeep SUVs based on Fiat-supplied platforms starting in 2013, Jeep brand CEO Mike Manley revealed.

Jeep will be dropping the current Patriot and Compass (pictured) models after 2012 and replacing them with a single SUV based on Fiat’s C-segment platform. This new model will be joined by a second, smaller SUV built on one of the Italian automaker’s B-segment platforms. Both vehicles are due in 2013.

The story doesn’t end there as Jeep is set to replace the Liberty crossover with another model based on a Fiat platform, and this one’s due in 2013 as well.

Before all of this however, the current Jeep Wrangler will undergo a “major modification” in 2011, Manley said.

The move will allow the Jeep brand to take advantage of Fiat’s fuel efficient powertrain range, helping it to meet tough new CAFE regulations rolling on over the next couple of years.

[AutoWeek]

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  1. Let's assume the Italians know why Jeep is a valuable brand, and know how Jeep has struggled for years to protect its brand by management that wants to water down the performance requirements of a real Jeep. Since the majority of the sales will still come from the US, wouldn't it make sense to allow Chrysler to provide the platform? I understand why FIAT would like to leverage their platforms, but Jeep has only been able to remain above water because of its reputation as the real deal. Despite poor quality, despite questionable design. If you take away its American-ness, it becomes just another small SUV, albeit lower tech than the competition. My read is that this is a bad move, designed to benefit the Italians without regard to Chrysler's long term recovery. This FIAT/Chrysler relationship is like a free membership to the gym--you don't value it because it's free.
     
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  2. R2Dad, you make some good points. But, I think Jeep got over saturated with models and trying to appeal to EVERYONE possible. Thus, we got crap like the Liberty (the redesign is better), the Compass and I'm even going to say the Patriot. I cringe when I see someone driving one of those (heck, there are 3 of the older Liberty's that park at my apartment complex!). When this Fiat joined Chrysler, I figured Jeep would shed their newer models (sans the Commander and the NEW Liberty) and try at least something with Fiat's platform. I wouldn't jump to any conclusions just yet. They should know the power of Jeep in America and it's devoted, if not die hard, customers/fans. They have to realize that success of the new company greatly depends on how they utilize Jeep, and I don't think they are that stupid.
     
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