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Jeep compact SUV could be based on Citroen platform

Jeep might have to contend with a front-wheel drive petrol crossover.

Partha Datta, President and Managing Director, FCA India, has hinted that Jeep's upcoming crossover could be based on PSA's Common Modular Platform (CMP). The revelation comes a month after Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and PSA Group merged to create Stellantis.

Mr. Datta has stated that the company is keen to get the sub-4 meter Jeep to India. The product is being actively developed and is part of the company's product roadmap. He also added that the product architecture and feature content are being fine-tuned.

Citroen's C21 crossover will be the first model to use the CMP platform. With over 90% localization, the C21 is being engineered to meet tight cost targets. It is likely to be powered by a locally built 1.2-litre turbo-petrol engine.

This could benefit Jeep hugely as a localized platform along with a locally manufactured engine would lower the costs, enabling it to price its product aggressively.

However, the Jeep brand is known for its off-road capabilities and the CMP platform isn't built to accommodate an all-wheel drive system. Besides, Citroen isn't too keen on introducing diesel models in India either. Therefore, Jeep might have to contend with a front-wheel drive petrol crossover.

Source: Autocar India

 
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