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Stellantis Jeep to offer 2 made-in-India premium SUVs this year, Auto News, ET Auto

 By the end of 2022, the company will offer a portfolio of four nameplates, all of which will be locally produced or assembled, it said.
By the close of 2022, the company will provide a portfolio of four nameplates, all of which will be regionally manufactured or assembled, it stated.

New Delhi: US automaker Jeep, aspect of the Stellantis Group, on Thursday said it will offer made-in-India premium SUVs Grand Cherokee and Meridian in the country this year. The styles will be designed at the Ranjangaon joint venture manufacturing facility.

“The Jeep brand continues to climb to new heights in India, confirming the introduction of two all-new, manufactured-in-India 4×4 vehicles this yr and also the return of Jeep Compass Trailhawk,” the enterprise reported in a statement.

By the conclude of 2022, the enterprise will offer a portfolio of four nameplates, all of which will be locally developed or assembled, it said.

Roland Bouchara, CEO and handling director, Stellantis India, said, “Jeep is an iconic brand, globally recognized for its able SUVs and the brand is on a fantastic journey in India. India is a important section of our worldwide strategy and we intend to reach a significant level of localization for our items, to make them far more obtainable to our consumers although retaining an uncompromising eyesight on our main Jeep DNA.”

“Our item offensive for 2022 and outside of will continue on to illustrate our commitment to India as we operate to strengthening our market existence and supply unmatched activities to our buyers,” he mentioned.

Stellantis was shaped in early 2021 by means of the merger of Fiat Chrysler and Peugeot.

The automaker’s Jeep Meridian is its to start with mid-measurement 3-row SUV in India. Created in India, with above 80% community componentry, the production will start in Could.

“It will also be the 1st in its phase to have impartial front and rear suspension and ideal-in-course acceleration due to remarkable engineering that optimizes its energy-to-body weight ratio. The Jeep Meridian will be supplied in three powertrains and two trims made available in diesel only,” the carmaker said.

For the Indian marketplace, the Jeep Grand Cherokee will come geared up with a 2.-litre turbo-petrol powertrain, paired with an 8-speed computerized transmission. The driver has obtain to four driving modes – Auto, Sport, Mud/Sand, and Snow. Some of the options incorporate co-passenger interactive display screen, Head Up Display (HUD), power liftgate, ventilated seats and a panoramic sunroof.

India is the only market place in the earth exterior North The usa exactly where the Grand Cherokee is locally assembled, stated the corporation.

The 2022 Jeep Compass Trailhawk will be offered in dealerships by the very first 7 days of March.

Nipun J Mahajan, Head of Jeep Brand – India, reported, “2022 will be an action-packed year for the Jeep manufacturer, continuing to execute our commitment to provide much more produced-in-India autos in the current market. We are laser concentrated on delighting our shoppers, not only by a distinctive Jeep knowledge, but also by continuing to make Jeep a more obtainable premium SUV brand to Indians than at any time right before. We believe this regional product or service approach life up to that.”

In 2021, Jeep launched the Compass SUV and the locally assembled Wrangler for the to start with time.

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“The SUV boom has develop into a very long-expression craze and we forecast that effectively further than January, SUVs will proceed to overtake hatchbacks in 2022. They saved a lot of OEMs from money crisis and are now the only resource of earnings for quite a few carmakers which is why 22 out of 35 new vehicles released in 2021 have been SUVs. Yet another 7 new SUVs will be released this yr,” Ravi Bhatia, president, JATO Dynamics explained.

With bookings commencing on Wednesday, the Kaziranga Version will be out there only on their respective top rated trims, across corporation authorised dealerships, it extra.