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New Jeep smaller than Renegade?

by David Zatz on

Brand CEO Mike Manley is considering a Jeep under four meters in length, which would make it smaller than the 4.2-meter-long Renegade, according to IndianAutosBlog, quoting Autocar UK.

The vehicle would be similar in form to the Panda Cross, but would need greater off-road capabilities. Mr. Manley had talked about having an “A-segment” SUV early last year. Given its size, it could make do with the Fiat 1.4 liter engine, though the Chrysler 2-liter or a Fiat diesel would give it a better feel.

Mr. Manley also said it would have 15 Jeep dealerships in India selling Wranglers and Grand Cherokees, taking the high end of the market, this year.

The original military Jeeps had a length of 131-132 inches, under 3.4 meters long. They weighed a mere 2,453 lb, complete, and had a payload of just 800 pounds. The engines produced a mere 60 horsepower and 105 lb-feet of torque, capable enough by the standards of the day.   The driveline layout was used by Dutch automaker Spyker in 1902; the driven front axle was pioneered by Wisconsin blacksmith Otto Zachow in 1907; and, in some ways, the vehicle coded MA resembled a scaled-down 1936 Marmon-Herrington half-ton 4×4.

The U.S. Army photo below gives some idea of the small size of the original Jeep (neither universally known as a Jeep or sold to civilians at the time). Chances are that an A-segment Jeep would be larger than this, and in a steel-roof “tall hatchback” form due to modern rollover rules and to avoid competing directly with Mahindra & Mahindra descendants of the original Jeeps in India.

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