There are only a few articles about the 2018 Jeep C-Segment CUV but many journalists are announcing its release. Many are still unsure what to think about it and you will find a bunch of comments saying this is just a gossip and you shouldn’t pay attention to these articles. However, it appears that this vehicle is actually going into production. Allegedly FCA invested over $300 million in this project and the car is going to be assembled in three different countries: Brazil, India, and China. Although there are a lot of secrets surrounding this CUV we tried to unveil some of them. Here is what we have gathered so far.
If you type C-Segment CUV in a search box you will not get many results. The reason is that the name hasn’t been determined yet. Many call it Mini Grand Cherokee but it won’t get this name for sure. It is also known as Jeep 551. However, there are few chances it is going to be named like that. It is just not attractive and it’s not the Jeep style. This Jeep C-segment CUV 2018 should actually be a successor of the Jeep Compass and Jeep Patriot, which were released ten years ago. Reportedly these two are going to be discontinued at the end of 2016 but it is not excluded that new CUV is going to be just another member of either Compass or Patriot family. So far 2018 Jeep C-segment CUV seems as the most appropriate name and this name we are using in this review.
Rumors about this CUV have started because of the vehicle that was spotted on the streets a while ago. A totally camouflaged CUV was running the streets and since it has numerous new features, almost everyone assumed it is going to be a completely new vehicle. According to the pictures, we can conclude the platform of the vehicle will be based on the Fiat 500X and Jeep Renegade.
2018 Jeep C-segment CUV Interior
We cannot tell much on the interior, but there are already some speculations. It should have enough space for every passenger and there are going to be five seats placed in two rows. Infotainment system will feature several interesting options such as navigation and a rearview parking camera. Some of the expected features are a keyless entry, start and stop technology, ABS, and dual airbags. When it comes to handling it should be similar to Jeep Renegade. However, Renegade is much smaller than the 2018 Jeep C-segment CUV.
When it comes to powertrain nobody can tell you for sure what is going to be placed under the 2018 Jeep C-Segment CUV. However, it is most likely we’ll see a 2.0-liter Tigershark as the base engine. This unit delivers 164 hp, but there will be one more slightly powerful variant. A second choice is a 2.0-liter Multi Jet II Diesel. This engine can develop 170 hp and should complete the lineup. In our opinion, no more than 2 units will be offered. Both of these engines should come with a six-speed manual gearbox while it is still unknown whether they will be mated to an automatic transmission as well. There are still no details regarding fuel efficiency, top speed, and acceleration.
2018 Jeep C-segment CUV Price and Release Date
There are absolutely no indications which would tell what the price will be. However, many believe its price will be similar to the price of the new Renegade. 2017 Jeep Renegade costs $18,990 and C-Segment CUV’s price shouldn’t exceed $20,000. They are targeting India, China and Brazil thus in our opinion price will not be higher. When it comes to the release date the best expectation tells us it is going to hit the market in 2018. We hope that more information will be available in the following few months so stay tuned with us.