Junior Cherokee Will Be Bigger Than Ford Fiesta

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Spy shots of prototype dispel previous reports the new entry-level Jeep will be the size of a Ford Fiesta.

Set to launch next year, Jeep’s new subcompact model has been spied undergoing high altitude testing in the Alps. The new “baby” Jeep will replace the Compass and Patriot models and ride on a platform shared with the Fiat 500X. Both cars will be built in Turin, Italy, with the Jeep retaining its traditional grille and boxy shape and the Fiat coming with a more rounded facade.

The chopped up Fiat 500L being used as the test mule somewhere high up in Europe suggests the new entry-level Jeep will be longer than a Ford Fiesta, opposing initial reports of the car, while powertrain options will ape those of other Fiat/Chrysler collaborations such as the Dodge Dart. Front-wheel drive will come as standard and an optional all-wheel-drive system will give the Jeep some off-roading credentials.

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