American automaker Jeep entered the Indian market with two SUVs - the Grand Cherokee and Wrangler. Both the models were imported to the country, and hence the automaker couldn't price the SUVs competitively.
FCA soon realised that how price sensitive the Indian market is. And now Jeep is all set to launch the Compass in India. It will be an affordable SUV in the country.
Now, Autocar India reports that Jeep is working on two more SUVs for the Indian market. The first one will be the Renegade codenamed as 526. The compact SUV will hit the Indian shores by the second half of 2019.
The Jeep Renegade was launched in the global market in 2015. The Indian market is expected to get the facelifted version of the SUV. The Renegade will rival the likes of Hyundai Creta when launched in India.
As per emerging reports, Jeep is also working on a sub-four metre SUV codenamed as 515, which is designed for the Indian conditions. It will also be launched in Brazil and Russia. But the automaker is yet to confirm the production of the SUV.
The challenge for Jeep is sourcing a diesel motor under 1.5-litre to benefit from small car tax in India. The better option could be the Fiat's 1.6-litre to 2-litre engine which is locally produced. And it will be an easy job to downsize the motor to 1.5-litre.
FCA's future in India ultimately depends on the Jeep's performance in the Indian market. Fiat is also not doing well in the country, so FCA is trying to tap on to the growing utility vehicle segment in India.