2023 Baby Jeep EV listens, looks like a Citroen without a grille
Jeep is preparing to launch a new and fully electric SUV based on the Stellantis, and our spy photographers have captured a camouflage prototype in the open. These spy footage confirms what we saw a few days ago, as well as rumors about the possibility of using a Jeepster board.
While the prototype may not immediately impress you as a jeep, a closer look reveals many similarities with the official sketches published last March. In fact, when the jeep’s signature grid is covered by a camouflage package, the front with split headlights can be mistaken for a Citroen. We are confident that the upcoming SUV will look good without packaging, which will reveal more of its rugged style.
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We expect the smallest Jeep to come with a useful dose of plastic wrap around the body and aluminum-style skateboards. The electric nature means that the front of the model does not require large inputs, the grille is completely cosmetic. The extended opening at the bottom and the entrance to the lower bumper are very similar to the Opel Mokka-e.
The sculpted profile is characterized by clear front and rear wings above the wheel arches that combine a slightly square shape in a typical jeep fragrance. The modern window line has a strong C-column and it looks like a two-tone ceiling finish, which is mandatory for the small SUV segment.
As you move to the rear, the Jeep’s design language becomes clearer thanks to the shape of the LED taillights, which are reminiscent of the larger Jeep Renegade. Most of the rear bumper is covered with a protective and unpainted plastic cover, and a rear spoiler is carefully attached for a sporty look.
The model is based on the eCMP architecture, which is based on several small-sized FWD models, such as the Peugeot e-2008, Opel Mokka-e and DS3 Crossback E-Tense. eCMP was chosen because the certified STLA Small platform will not be 100% ready at that time.
The boy Jeep will debut until the end of 2022 as a model for 2023. It will focus on the European market, where B-SUVs are becoming more popular, but it can also be offered in other markets, including North America. The model is produced by Alfa Romeo Brennero with mechanical connection and the next generation of Fiat 500X by Stellantis in Tichi, Poland.