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India: No Renegade, Jeep delay

by David Zatz on

According to IndianAutosBlog, India will not be seeing Jeep Renegades in the immediate future. Fiat cited exchange rates and a slowdown in that segment of the auto market in its decision to postpone a long-awaited launch of the Jeep brand, and will not bring the Renegade over until at least the end of 2018.

FCA Jeep IndiaJeep is now planned for a 2015 launch in India, with just the Wrangler and Grand Cherokee. While Wranglers are made as knock-down kits for Egypt, they will be imported to India whole; however, Grand Cherokees will be locally assembled from kits. The Compass/Patriot replacement is now scheduled for a 2016 launch.

One obstacle for Wrangler is the similarity in appearance to relatively inexpensive Mahindra vehicles. Mahindra built under license from Willys, and some of their vehicles appear to have kept the old designs more intact than Jeep itself has, due to two major suspension changes under AMC and Chrysler.

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