One of Jeep’s most important launches this decade, only second to the next-gen Wrangler, will be the Jeep 551, commonly referred to as ‘Jeep C-SUV’. A speculative rendering from Quatro Rodas shows how Jeep’s next global model may look like.
The Jeep 551 will serve as the second generation model of the Jeep Compass or Jeep Patriot. Both Compass and Patriot are mechanical twins aimed at different set of buyers, the former being relatively modern and the latter more of a traditional Jeep. This new SUV's design will be near identical to that of the larger Grand Cherokee.
Highlights include squared off wheel arches, mild body cladding, the signature Jeep grille and a kinked window line. The Jeep 551 will be one of the models that will be locally assembled at Fiat’s Ranjangaon facility near Pune. The Jeep C-SUV will be powered by a 170bhp 2.0-litre Multijet II diesel engine that will be localised. When launched, the new Jeep SUV will take on the likes of Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour.
The Jeep 551 will debut at the 2016 Sao Paulo Auto Show in November and be launched in left-hand drive markets first. Brazil may be the launch country as most of the production for domestic and global sales is expected to happen there. China will probably get a locally-made version sooner or later, just like the Renegade.
Apart from the Grand Cherokee and the Wrangler, Jeep is also testing the smaller Renegade SUV in India. The Ranjangaon plant will be the fourth manufacturing facility for Jeep, globally.