Jeep's Baby Crossover Will Be A Peugeot With An American Badge

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But there's nothing wrong with that.

Peugeot may have given up on its plans to sell cars here in the States, but that doesn't mean the brand is totally dead in the US. The French automaker is working with Jeep to produce the latter's newest small crossover, something that will be even smaller than the Jeep Renegade. According to reports, this new Jeep will be based on the Peugeot 2008, which shares a platform with the Opel Mokka. That German crossover is also available as the Mokka-E, and all of these tidbits of information have painted a pretty clear picture of what we can expect from the new baby Jeep, which, for the purposes of this article, we'll call Jeepster.

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In Europe, the Peugeot 2008 comes with a 1.2-liter turbo three-cylinder engine developing 99 horsepower and 151 lb-ft of torque. This teeny engine is paired with a six-speed manual, but there's also a slightly more powerful version of the same setup that can be had with an eight-speed automatic. Here, the engine produces 129 hp and 169 lb-ft, but a top trim can provide as much as 153 hp. All send their power to the front wheels as you'd expect, and since Peugeot insists on using its own engines for the vehicles that are based on its own offerings, you can bet that the Jeepster would get the same performance.

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If you want more torque, you're gonna have to step up to the electric version, which we reported on last year. Sharing its underpinnings with the Mokka-E, the electric baby Jeep will likely produce 136 hp and 192 lb-ft of torque, while a 50 kWh battery pack will enable a range of up to 200 miles on the WLTP cycle. A 100 kW DC fast charger will give you up to 80 percent charge in just half an hour. As for when it will arrive, Jeep says that its full lineup will be electrified by next year, so we expect the Jeepster, or whatever it ends up being named, to debut by then.

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