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Tiny Jeep Renegade Built In Italy Is At The Center Of Fiat-Chrysler’s Global Attack

Past owners of Jeep — including American Motors, Chrysler, Daimler Daimler, Cerberus and now Fiat — have long talked about expanding Jeep sales outside the U.S., citing the brand’s international appeal as an authentic American icon. Their success was always limited, though, by the fact that most of the vehicles in the Jeep lineup were too big — or too thirsty — to suit the needs of consumers in global markets where small, fuel-efficient models are preferred.

Now comes the 2015 Jeep Renegade, the brand’s first subcompact sport-utility, to be unveiled today at the Geneva Motor Show. Its debut is a sign that Jeep’s new parent, Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles, is serious about tackling the rest of the world — not to mention the next generation of drivers. It is also the first Jeep to be built in a Fiat-owned factory since the Italian carmaker took control after Chrysler’s 2009 bankruptcy.

Barely larger than a Fiat 500L, this tiny Jeep has city-sized proportions designed to appeal to youthful and adventurous customers, whether they are maneuvering through a crowded urban setting or climbing a rock-strewn path.

“The all-new 2015 Jeep Renegade expands the brand’s product portfolio and targets the rapidly expanding small SUV segment around the globe with benchmark levels of efficiency and driving dynamics, while at the same time delivering best-in-class 4×4 capability that customers expect from Jeep,” said Mike Manley, Jeep brand president and CEO. “Renegade symbolizes the brand’s renowned American design, ingenuity and innovation, marking the Jeep brand’s first entry into the small SUV segment in more than 100 markets around the globe.”

Incorporating many features that trickled down from the larger Jeep Cherokee, like a unique nine-speed transmission and 16 different powertrain combinations, the new Renegade aims to satisfy consumers by delivering great driving dynamics on both smooth pavement and rutted trails. Its adjustable four-wheel-drive system has auto, snow, sand and mud modes (plus an exclusive rock mode on the Trailhawk model). For an open-air driving experience, drivers can easily remove and store the lightweight roof panels in the rear cargo area.

It also offers technology typically found on larger, more expensive vehicles, including more than 70 safety features, a large touchscreen and Chrysler’s embedded UConnect Access system, which can read text messages to the driver, call for roadside assistance or notify 9-1-1 in case of an emergency.

Chrysler sold a record 731,565 Jeeps worldwide last year, about two-thirds of them in the U.S.

via Tiny Jeep Renegade Built In Italy Is At The Center Of Fiat-Chrysler’s Global Attack.

2014 Nissan Qashqai – Car of the year 2014

2014 Nissan Qashqai on sale now – Telegraph.

Nissan unveiled the 2014 Qashqai last November. The model is available in four trim levels: Visia, Acenta, Acenta Premium and Tekna.Standard equipment for Visia models includes air-conditioning, Bluetooth, a hill-start assist system and front, side and curtain airbags.

via 2014 Nissan Qashqai on sale now – Telegraph.

Audi Q1 confirmed – Telegraph

Audi

has confirmed it will build a compact SUV called the Q1 from 2016.

The new model will join the Q3, Q5 and Q7 to provide an entry point into

Audi’s SUV line-up, and will help to bring the total product range to more

than 60 models.

The Q1 will be built alongside the A3, A3 Sportback, A4 and A5 at Audi’s plant

in Ingolstadt, Germany, securing the factory’s future. It will be based on

the VW Group’s MQB platform.

Since launching the Q7 in 2006, SUVs have done good business for Audi, with

more than 1.5 million Q models built to date. The company reports that about

28 per cent of sales this year will be for its sports utility vehicles, and

that this figure is likely to rise to more than 35 per cent by 2020. Most

popular is its mid-size Q5, with about 230,000 built this year, accounting

for more than half of its SUV production.

via Audi Q1 confirmed – Telegraph.

Top 12 4×4′s 2013

Top 12 4×4′s 2013.

 

Mercedes GLA: Frankfurt motor show 2013 | evo

         

 

The Mercedes GLA has made its public debut at the 2013 Frankfurt motor show. As its name suggests, it’s an all-new compact SUV based on the same platform as the A-class, B-class and CLA. And Mercedes has confirmed an AMG version will follow.The GLA45 AMG will be spun off the same recipe as the A45 AMG and CLA45 AMG, mating a 355bhp 2-litre turbo four-cylinder petrol engine and seven-speed DCT gearbox to all-wheel drive, though its increased ride height and taller stance should provide the chassis a few more challenges than the punchy A45 and aerodynamically svelte CLA45.Previewed by the GLA concept at the Shanghai motor show earlier in the year, the small SUV has been toned down slightly. Although remaining largely unchanged from the concept, the styling of the GLA shares a lot of DNA with the A-Class. Huge attention has been given to the car’s aerodynamics, resulting in a Cd figure of 0.29, impressive for something of its shape.Engines are also shared with the smaller Mercedes, and the entry-level GLA200 comes with the 154bhp 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine. Mercedes’ cheapest diesel model, the GLA200 CDI, will come with the 134bhp 1.8-litre engine. Both of these models will only be available as front-wheel drive in the UK.In order to get four-wheel drive in the UK, you will have to opt for the 168bhp 2.1-litre diesel GLA22

via Mercedes GLA: Frankfurt motor show 2013 | evo.

Jaguar to enter crossover market.

 

jaguar suv – Bing Images.

Jaguar’s crossover is a more compact type of SUV, which could sell for around £30,000. At that price it would compete directly with the Audi Q5 and BMW X3.

Autocar claims the Jag crossover will be launched as early as 2016. The company has already been holding customer clinics to gauge the success of the styling proposal.

As depicted in our rendering above, the Jaguar SUV will be a taller-riding, five-door crossover. The firm’s lightweight aluminium construction process has been earmarked for production, in a bid to keep the kerbweight and emissions low while fuel economy and fun handling are high on the agenda.

A new range of four-cylinder engines are being developed by Jaguar Land Rover and they will power the new Jag, as well as the V6 engines already seen in the XF and XJ saloons.

On Bing: see more impressions of Jaguar’s SUV