Jeep-B-SUV-Laredo-Spied

According to a few industry sources which confided in a particular auto magazine called Automotive News Europe, Jeep’s upcoming B-Segment Compact SUV will be christened the Laredo. This comes in opposition to the earlier whispers about it being named as the Jeepster.

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The “Jeepster” story has been brewing for quite some time now. Trying to make some inroads into the burgeoning compact SUV segment, Jeep has been working on this B-Segment Compact SUV. Unlike other soft-roaders, Jeep’s product will be a true-blue SUV and it has been said that it will have some design elements from the Willys of yore.

Jeep’s CEO Mike Manley has already confirmed that the upcoming B-SUV will be unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show in March, and will then go on sale in the Europe and the United States late summer this year. Jeep’s B-SUV will be a counterpart to Fiat’s 500X, and it will be built alongside the 500X at Fiat’s plant in Melfi, Italy.

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It is expected that the new product from Jeep could use the Fiat 500L sourced 0.9-liter TwinAir Turbo with specifications of 105 hp. Other engine options include a 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo with 160 hp, or a 1.6-liter MultiJet II turbodiesel with 105 hp. In India, however, Jeep has confirmed that their B-segment SUV will have the 114 PS, 207 Nm 1.4L turbocharged petrol engine from the Linea T-jet and the 105bhp, 290 Nm 1.6L Multijet motor that will first debut on the Linea facelift.

The B-SUV from Jeep will be a relatively pricier option as compared to the Dusters and Terranos, but as we mentioned earlier, it will not be a soft-roader. It will be equipped with a 4WD and will be more of a true-blue SUV as compared to the other ones. We expect the price to hover somewhere around INR 15-18 lakhs. According to the roadmap shared by Fiat, Jeep’s B-SUV which is now known as Laredo will go on sale in 2015.

Also Check Out: List of all Upcoming Jeep’s SUVs in India


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