The first Jeep model built on a PSA Group platform as part of the merger with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles that formed Stellantis will slot below the Renegade, with production slated to start in July 2022 at a Tychy, Poland, plant, sources with knowledge of the matter told Automotive News Europe.
The small utility vehicle, which is based on the Compact Modular Platform, will use engines developed by PSA, the sources said.
The new Jeep will be followed by two other models from former FCA brands, a small Alfa Romeo crossover in January 2023 and a small Fiat in July 2023, the sources said. FCA said in December that the new models, which it did not name, would also have full-electric power. Sales generally start about three months after production begins.
A major reason behind the merger between PSA and FCA, completed last month, was the potential for billions in synergies among the two groups' brands, especially in Europe. The CMP architecture underpins half a dozen vehicles from brands from the former PSA, including the Peugeot 208 and Opel/Vauxhall Corsa small cars, the Citroen C4 compact, and the DS 3 Crossback, Peugeot 2008 and Opel/Vauxhall Mokka small crossovers.
Those models have both full-electric and internal combustion drivetrains.
FCA has told suppliers that production of CMP-based vehicles in Tychy could reach 400,000 annually. The FCA factory, which now builds the Fiat 500 minicar and Lancia Ypsilon small car, assembled 263,176 vehicles in 2019, far below its high of 606,000 in 2009.
FCA said in late December that it was investing 170 million euros ($204 million) to modernize the plant for the three models, although it did not provide specifics about the vehicles or a production timetable.
Stellantis will also benefit from common purchasing, but until FCA and PSA procurement departments are fully integrated, procurement for the three CMP models at Tychy will be divided between PSA for platform and powertrain components, and FCA for models-specific parts and materials, sources told Automotive News Europe.