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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 end of 2022, the corporation will present a portfolio of 4 nameplates, all of which will be locally made or assembled, it said.

New Delhi: US automaker Jeep, part of the Stellantis Team, on Thursday claimed it will provide produced-in-India high quality SUVs Grand Cherokee and Meridian in the region this yr. The designs will be built at the Ranjangaon joint enterprise production facility.

“The Jeep brand carries on to climb to new heights in India, confirming the introduction of two all-new, produced-in-India 4×4 vehicles this year and also the return of Jeep Compass Trailhawk,” the enterprise claimed in a assertion.

By the stop of 2022, the enterprise will offer you a portfolio of 4 nameplates, all of which will be domestically manufactured or assembled, it stated.

Roland Bouchara, CEO and managing director, Stellantis India, mentioned, “Jeep is an iconic model, globally regarded for its capable SUVs and the brand is on a fantastic journey in India. India is a key component of our worldwide approach and we intend to reach a high amount of localization for our products and solutions, to make them extra accessible to our consumers although retaining an uncompromising vision on our main Jeep DNA.”

“Our product offensive for 2022 and over and above will go on to illustrate our determination to India as we function in the direction of strengthening our current market presence and supply unmatched encounters to our consumers,” he mentioned.

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

The automaker’s Jeep Meridian is its first mid-dimensions 3-row SUV in India. Created in India, with about 80% local componentry, the output will commence in May.

“It will also be the 1st in its segment to have independent entrance and rear suspension and best-in-course acceleration thanks to exceptional engineering that optimizes its ability-to-weight ratio. The Jeep Meridian will be offered in three powertrains and two trims presented in diesel only,” the carmaker said.

For the Indian market, the Jeep Grand Cherokee will arrive outfitted with a 2.-litre turbo-petrol powertrain, paired with an 8-speed automated transmission. The driver has obtain to 4 driving modes – Car, Activity, Mud/Sand, and Snow. Some of the characteristics include things like co-passenger interactive display, Head Up Display screen (HUD), energy liftgate, ventilated seats and a panoramic sunroof.

India is the only marketplace in the world outside North America wherever the Grand Cherokee is regionally assembled, said the company.

The 2022 Jeep Compass Trailhawk will be readily available in dealerships by the 1st 7 days of March.

Nipun J Mahajan, Head of Jeep Brand name – India, claimed, “2022 will be an action-packed year for the Jeep brand name, continuing to execute our dedication to provide extra produced-in-India vehicles in the market place. We are laser focused on delighting our customers, not only through a one of a kind Jeep encounter, but also by continuing to make Jeep a far more obtainable premium SUV brand to Indians than at any time prior to. We believe this nearby merchandise strategy life up to that.”

In 2021, Jeep launched the Compass SUV and the regionally assembled Wrangler for the very first time.

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“The SUV increase has develop into a lengthy-phrase development and we forecast that nicely beyond January, SUVs will proceed to overtake hatchbacks in 2022. They saved many OEMs from fiscal disaster and are now the only source of revenue for lots of carmakers which is why 22 out of 35 new automobiles launched in 2021 were being SUVs. An additional 7 new SUVs will be introduced this yr,” Ravi Bhatia, president, JATO Dynamics explained.

With bookings commencing on Wednesday, the Kaziranga Edition will be obtainable only on their respective leading trims, across organization authorised dealerships, it extra.