Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is working overtime to make sure all of their brands have a platform for long-term stability and the next generation of automobiles. They’re putting for so much of an effort that the 2015 Jeep Renegade will actually serve as a test mule and platform for development for future vehicles of all of FCA’s portfolios, according to Senior Vice President of Product Design, Ralph Gillies, who spoke to AutoBlog recently.
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The 2015 Jeep Renegade is relatively important for the brand and company as a whole since it’s the first subcompact crossover, truly designed to capture the hearts and minds of young and new buyers. It is based off of a Fiat, the 500L to be exact, and is also built in Italy. But Jeep went above and beyond to make sure the Renegade looks, drives, and offers the capability of a Jeep, despite its Italian roots.
But thanks to its duality of being both American and Italian in spirit and build, the Renegade serves two purposes in two markets. Here in America, it’ll be seen as a traditional Jeep ready for the rough terrain that all of North America has to offer, while in Europe, it’s being viewed and perceived as a city car with a little more edge.
Either way, the Renegade is planned to be sold in over 100 different countries, mimicking FCA’s plans to truly expand globally. And that’s because it’s based on a Fiat, allowing engineers to tune and engineer the car accordingly to each market.
For the detailed interview, head on over to AutoBlog to check it out.
– By: Chris Chin