Jeeps are popular vehicles in the Chinese market, however some consumers are put off due to the imported status which makes spare parts and insurance premiums more expensive than a locally made vehicle from an international brand. Fiat have been eager to bring back their investment on Chrysler, one method has been to introduce Jeep’s as locally made vehicles in the Chinese market. At the Detroit Auto Show it was confirmed that Jeeps will be made in China at the new Changsha factory where Viaggio’s are busily rolling down production lines, but it seems that road testing Jeep’s are already out and about
The above picture is apparently a new generation of Jeep which will take the name of Cherokee. First it will be imported into China and then later see production on the Changsha production line alongside the Fiat Viaggio, with which it shares its platform. Engine power hasn’t yet been revealed but a 9 speed gearbox will be used. Whilst its unlikely that any new Cherokee will come with the Viaggio’s 1.4T engine, perhaps engines from the current Freemont/Dodge Journey could be used although they will likely need considerable upgrades to make them competitive in 2014 when the new Jeep finally arrives.