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Jeep sub-Renegade SUV on sale not just in US

Jeep is investigating adding an SUV positioned below its compact Renegade, the SUV brand’s CEO Mike Manley revealed in an interview published this week. Jeep sub-Renegade SUV onwill not be on sale just in United States.

He said Jeep was looking “very closely” at the vehicle, which if built would be off-limits for the United States because of its diminutive size.

A 3-row SUV designed exclusively for the Chinese market

It wouldn’t be the first Jeep to skip the U.S. The SUV brand just this week revealed a 3-row SUV designed exclusively for the Chinese market. It’s a reflection of Jeep’s further transformation into a global brand.

One possibility would be twinning the baby Jeep with a next-generation Fiat Panda Cross, which is due early next decade. It’s an idea Jeep has been toying with since at least 2009. The hurdle remains ensuring that an inexpensive, pint-sized SUV twinned with the Panda Cross could be capable enough off the road to warrant Jeep branding.

A decision on the vehicle could come in June. The date is when Jeep parent company Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is expected to detail a new 5-year plan.

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