New Fiat Platform for Jeep Compass and Patriot Will be "100% Jeep"
Date 2011/1/12 15:53:00 | Topic: Patriot
|According to Jeep top dog Mike Manley (in an interview in Automotive News), despite the fact that it will be based on a Fiat platform, replacements for the Jeep Compass and Patriot will be developed in house by Jeep engineers.|
Although the replacement for the Jeep Compass and Patriot will come from a front-wheel-drive Fiat car platform, Jeep CEO Mike Manley wants to be very clear about its Jeep bona fides and off-road capability.
"Even though the technology and the platform is Fiat, it will be 100 percent Jeep," Manley said. The vehicle, he added, will be developed by "pure Jeep engineers. That's why product stays here in the U.S."
In about 18 months, the new Jeep will replace both the Compass and Patriot compact crossovers, which share a platform, engine and optional equipment. Those vehicles offer both fwd and all-wheel-drive configurations.