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Jeep’s 4×4 compact-SUV will get electric axle

Written by Nizam Shaikh

At the Stellantis EV Day 2021, Jeep unveiled plans of bringing electric versions of their SUVs. Reportedly the brand also plans to introduce a new compact SUV positioned below the Jeep Renegade. Latest reports suggest the Jeep compact SUV will come with an e-axle. The unidentified Jeep silhouette came with a 4Xe nomenclature. The nomenclature is used for either standard 4X4 with electric motors or a fully electrically driven axle. 

Electric All-Wheel-Drive

The brand in Europe already employs the e-all-wheel-drive system on the Jeep Compass and Renegade models. The compact SUV is also likely to come with an e-axle. According to reports, Jeep engineers have also solved the packaging problem by replacing the mechanical 4X4 system with e-motors. This also explains why the brand could be using the Citroen CMP architecture. The two-wheel-drive CMP architecture is capable of offering a 4X4 drivetrain by using an e-axle. The CMP is a cost-efficient platform that will help reduce the vehicle’s development cost, strengthening the compact SUV’s selling point. 

Jeep Compact SUV – Design 

Speculation is that the new Jeep compact SUV will come with butch and squared-off design language. The compact SUV will roughly be the size of the Ford EcoSport and come with a typical Jeep fascia with a seven-slated grille design. The model is likely to come with a clamshell design bonnet and short front and rear overhangs. The Jeep compact SUV will also come with trapezoidal wheel arches and a tailgate-mounted spare wheel.

Jeep Compact SUV – Features

The Jeep Compact SUV will have features such as a central touchscreen infotainment system, semi-digital instruments cluster, a rugged dashboard with multiple layers. The car will also feature automatic climate control, premium seating, electrically adjustable seats, and a commanding driving position.

The Jeep compact SUV is likely to make its debut in late 2022. The car will go on sale in European markets, followed by the commencement of production in India in 2023 and a market launch in 2024. 

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