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Jeep To Get Complete Facelift Over Coming Years

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On: Mon, Aug 2, 2010 at 10:00AM | By: Chris Weiss

Jeep To Get Complete Facelift Over Coming Years

Beginning with the recent 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee, Jeep's entire line will be getting new and updated models over the next three years. The new models will leverage platforms from Fiat and may include both crossover and Jeep pick-up models.

In terms of new offerings, Jeep will develop a small crossover model for a 2013 debut. That model will be built on a Fiat subcompact platform. Rumors have indicated that Jeep is considering a pick-up version of the Wrangler, but the company is still undecided as to the fate of that project. At the Easter Jeep Safari this past spring, Jeep and Mopar made some waves when they showed off the rugged Jeep NuKizer 715, a military-styled pick-up that sparked murmurs of a possible pick-up production model.

The next Jeep model up for a refresh is the Jeep Patriot. It is expected to get some minor exterior revisions in October, including a new grille. The model will be replaced by a Fiat-based model in 2013.

The Jeep Wrangler will also be updated this year. In the third quarter of this year, the Wrangler will get a redesigned interior and exterior. Next year a Pentastar V6 engine option and new hard-top color options will be offered.

The Jeep Compass will get minor styling changes later this year and is expected to look like a smaller version of the new Grand Cherokee. Jeep is expected to phase the Compass out within the next couple years.

For a sneak glimpse at what the redesigned Jeep line might look like, look no further than the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Introduced at the New York Auto Show in 2009, the 2011 Grand Cherokee benefits from a more sculpted, flowing exterior, while maintaining signature Grand Cherokee elements like the rugged stance and seven-slot grille. Like the new Ford Explorer, the new Grand Cherokee sits on top of a unitized platform.

Under the hood, the Grand Cherokee packs two engine options: a 5.7-liter V8 and a 3.7-liter Pentastar V6. The former offers 360 horsepower and 390 lb-ft, while the latter puts out 280 horsepower and 260 lb-ft. With the V6, the Grand Cherokee delivers 23 mpg highway and 16 mpg city.

The 2011 Grand Cherokee starts at $30,995. Jeep began production on the new model in May at its Jefferson North Plant in Detroit.

The new Grand Cherokee was recognized as a top safety pick by the IIHS, and early indicators are that demand is strong. 4WheelsNews reports today that the SUV's European introduction has been delayed due to strong demand in the Unitd States. It will hit Europe in the fourth quarter of this year rather than the third quarter, as previously planned.

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