DETROIT -- Jeep’s small SUVs will use Fiat-supplied platforms starting in 2013, Jeep brand CEO Mike Manley said today.
Jeep will eliminate the Patriot and Compass crossovers after 2012 and replace them with a single C-segment vehicle whose platform will originate with Fiat Group. Jeep also will introduce a B-segment small SUV in 2013 with a Fiat platform.
And starting in 2013, the Liberty crossover will have a Fiat platform.
The Jeep Wrangler also will undergo a “major modification” in 2011, Manley said.
Chrysler Group is aiming for Jeep brand global sales to reach 800,000 by 2014, Manley said. That compares with 497,000 sold in 2008.
The brand also has introduced, effective Friday, Oct. 30, a new slogan: “i live. i ride. i am. Jeep.”