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Fiat and Jeep eyeing new SUVs to dominate European market

March 30, 2015

Fiat and Jeep are working together on a pair of SUVs larger than the Fiat 500X and the Jeep Renegade, but based on the same platform, reveals a latest report from Autocar. The Italian brand won’t attempt offering a full range of cars and be a mass-market automaker. The company plans to spur growth with the new 500X crossover and a new, Nissan Qashqai-rivaling SUV, assumed as the Fiat 500XL.

The large SUV will have a Jeep-branded version, and both will share the same platform, components and be built alongside each other, as per the report, much like the Renegade and 500X.

The Jeep-branded Qashqai-rival will replace the Patriot and Compass when it arrives in 2016. This will be a very important product for the American brand globally.

To dominate the SUV segment, both brands may launch a baby SUV based on the Panda, according to the report. If these plans are given the green light, FCA will have two brands in Europe covering both small and medium crossover/SUV segment. Also in pipeline, is a new C-segment hatchback and estate based on the 500L MPV, that will replace the Bravo, says the report. The VW Golf-rivaling C-segment hatchback and estate will be built in Turkey.

Also on the cards is a Fiat-branded Mazda MX-5 which will be sold as the Fiat 124 Spider. The re-badged MX-5 was initially going to be sold under the Alfa Romeo brand but since every Alfa Romeo needs to be Italian-made, this plan was dropped. As per the joint venture agreement between FCA Group and Mazda, the Fiat 124 Spider will be built alongside the Mazda MX-5 at Mazda’s plant in Hiroshima, Japan. The Fiat-badged roadster will have a little bit of retro style, with elements inspired by the original 1966 version. The new roadster will be launched in 2016.

[Source: Autocar]

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