Posted on: Jul 20, 2011 | 1,087 reads

Jeep Takes on the MINI Countryman

Jeep is producing a new B-segment crossover to directly compete with the MINI Countryman.
Jeep is building a small crossover to compete directly with the MINI Countryman. Backed by Fiat and based on one of their platforms, development and production of the upcoming B-segment crossover will take place in Detroit. The new model is (awkwardly) designated the SS, standing for super sport. The SS will be Jeep's smallest and most fuel-efficient vehicle and should match up pretty well against the Countryman.
Jeep Takes on the MINI Countryman
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Similar to the Jeep's Compass and Patriot models, the new SS will feature front-wheel-drive and have optional all-wheel-drive. The SS will also have a basic torsion-beam rear suspension and feature electronic braking for traction control. Under the hood, several Fiat engines will be available including the 1.4-liter possibly supercharged TwinAir Fiat 500 unit. The European model will feature an 875cc two-cylinder engine that churns out a sparse 100hp. The American model will be tuned up to about 150hp. Chevrolet's new ZF-designed automatic 9-speed (you read that right) gearbox will give the new SS some serious credibility.
It was also designed to keep the manufacturer-average emissions below ever-tightening government regulations. The new mini-Jeep SS should arrive by 2013 at the earliest estimation. No information on pricing has been released yet. Photos displayed are of the 2011 Jeep Compass
Jeep Takes on the MINI Countryman
Jeep Takes on the MINI Countryman



 
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