Detroit Auto Show 2014: New Jeep SUV Confirmed

Jan 17, 2014 12:28 PM EST | Matt Mercuro

A brand new compact Jeep SUV set to be positioned below the Jeep Compass and Patriot will be revealed before the end of the first quarter of 2014, according to Edmunds.

Once revealed, the currently unnamed Jeep SUV will start appearing in showrooms by mid-to-late 2014.

Jeep has confirmed that the new model will be built in Italy, and designed to withstand off-roading trips.

Assembly will take place at a Fiat plant located Italy.

"Capability is absolutely important to us," Jeep President and CEO Mike Manley said to Edmunds during an interview at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show. "So what I will tell you is that we will, as we have done in every segment, make sure that we have the capability that is true Jeep."

Edmunds said a March debut is likely at this point, though nothing has been confirmed by the automaker yet.

Jeep is expecting many first time buyers to consider the new SUV.

"Obviously there is a growing subcompact segment," Manley said. "But when you can offer a vehicle that has very competitive fuel economy, really good ride and handling, (with) the utility of an SUV, you will see buyers come from subcompact hatchbacks, sedans coming into that market as well."

Manley refused to say what the new Jeep will be called, but said it would be smaller than the Compass and Patriot vehicles.  

Current models like the 2014 Jeep Cherokee and the 2015 Chrysler 200 are also developed on a Fiat platform, according to Jeep.

Manley also failed to provide how much the new vehicle will cost.

Make sure to check back at a later date to learn more about the new Jeep.

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