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Just yesterday we chased up rumors of a diesel-powered Wrangler for the U.S., and today, the Jeep whispers are circulating again, this time with a compact B-segment crossover at the center.
Based on a Fiat platform and leveraging Fiat's small 1.3-liter and 1.6-liter diesels and 1.4-liter Multiair gasoline engines, the new crossover/SUV would really be little more than a rugged hatchback. If that sounds anathema to the Jeep lover, all we can say is: at least it's not a Compass.
Front-wheel drive and the Fiat Grande Punto platform are given the early nod for the new Jeep hardware, though the higher-end models would offer all-wheel drive. The new Jeep would be aimed at competing with the likes of the MINI Countryman, Nissan Juke, and other small-but-rugged hatches of various configuration.
The new platform is likely to be the same as the replacement for the Dodge Caliber, so we may see this small Jeep here in the U.S.
For more details, hit up MotorAuthority's take on the rumors.