But not everyone will be thrilled.
The merger between Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and the PSA Groupe created the world's fourth-largest automaker, Stellantis. Among its long list of brands is Jeep, the internationally recognized and beloved off-road SUV division. Like other carmakers, Jeep is entering the electrification era with several vehicles, some of which are already on sale. The Jeep Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid is proving to be a smash hit after first-year allocations sold out. An all-electric Wrangler is due in 2025. But before that, another pure battery-electric Jeep will arrive.
Auto Express says it's confirmed a so-called "baby" Jeep SUV is on the way but an exact reveal date hasn't been announced. We previously got wind of the vehicle last month, predicting that it will be smaller than the Renegade. That's because it'll ride on the same platform as the Peugeot 2008 and Opel Mokka.
The latter has an all-electric variant, the Mokka-E, and it's already on sale in Europe. Put simply, all of the new Jeep's bones are in place. Only a few tweaks here and there and unique styling inside and out are required. The publication was told by Jeep's exterior design chief, Mark Allen, that there are more new models up for consideration aside from this tiny one.
"There are a couple of other forks in the road that we're looking to cover," he said. "But I've got to point out that just a few years ago we had three vehicles and we're up to this line-up that we have now - we've been extremely busy, and it's really been pushed by market demand and worldwide coverage."
"There's been tremendous growth to the brand in a short amount of time." But if we could choose one specific thing we'd like to see Jeep improve for its heavily reskinned Mokka-E, it'd be additional power.
The Mokka-E comes powered by a 50-kWh battery pack that's good for just 136 horsepower and 192 lb-ft of torque. It does the job but not much more. Even its maximum range of 200 miles on the WLTP cycle isn't exactly thrilling. A bigger battery pack would go a long way and it'd be a must if Jeep intends to sell the SUV (or is it a crossover?) in the US.