A test mule resembling the Jeep Renegade has been spotted on Indian streets. The vehicle was reportedly seen near Udipi, Karnataka particularly on the road between Goa to Mangalore sporting Maharashtra number plates. The vehicle can be easily identified as the Jeep Renegade featuring its recognisable boxy design, the iconic 7-vertical slat grille with circular-shaped headlamps on either side in the traditional Jeep design. But the Jeep Renegade is not a model that is going to be launched in India. While the vehicle resembles the international model, it is currently unconfirmed why Jeep India is testing the vehicle on Indian streets. Searching on the Indian government’s motor vehicle app, the vehicle is registered to the FCA India Automobile Limited which is understandable, but what is interesting is that the vehicle is powered by a diesel engine.
The overall silhouette of the vehicle is also easily identifiable with the proportions. It features the same squared-off wheel arches, with an overall boxy design. The alloy wheel design on the test car has not been disguised and is identical to the set sold with the Renegade in international markets. The rear of the vehicle is also easily recognisable as the renegade thanks to the recognisable proportions of the vehicle and the square tail lamp design.
Jeep India has confirmed that it is working on introducing the recently facelifted Compass model, while a 7 seat vehicle and a sub-compact SUV is under development. The sub-compact SUV will rival the likes of Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Hyundai Venue, Ford EcoSport, Mahindra XUV300 and Tata Nexon.
Jeep India’s current line-up includes the indigenously manufactured Jeep Compass, which has recently been introduced in BS6 guise and is offered with a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder diesel engine and a 1.4-litre, four-cylinder, petrol engine. While a facelift Compass model is expected to arrive very soon, Jeep also sells imported models in India like the Grand Cherokee, Grand Cherokee SRT, the Jeep Wrangler and the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon.
Source: 4X4 India – Facebook
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