The Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is planning to roll out the new Jeep brand on to the Indian terrain early next year. After the numerous delays, the company has finally taken it up as a challenge and to launch its vehicles in 2016 no matter what. For starters company spokespersons have stated that they would have the vehicle sold through 5 exclusive dealerships. The company is also expected to officially unveil the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Wrangler SUVs in the forthcoming Indian Auto Expo 2016, the event is said to be happening in the month of February. As per reports the new Jeep will be available in the 4WD set-up and as per rumors, the vehicle will get a 1.5 litre Multi-Jet engine which the company is reportedly developing for India. An expectation for the 2.0 litre Multi-Jet mill which will be mated to 4WD setup. The later will be shared from Tata's SUV which the company is preparing to compete against the Fortuner. As for the Fiat in India, they recently introduced the Abarth brand in the country, the company launched the new Abarth 595 Competizione at the price of 29.85Lakhs. This hatch is powered by the 1.4 litre T-jet Turbo petrol engine that can produce the output of 158hp at 5500rpm and the peak torque of 201Nm at 2750rpm. This output is when the car is running on the normal mode while the torque is increased to 230 when it gets in to the Sports mode. The performance car comes mated to an Automated Manual Transmission with a manual override system.
Coming back to the Jeep, the vehicles under the Jeep brand are mostly known for its off-roading capabilities. Jeep advertising has always emphasized the vehicles off-road capabilities. Currently, the Wrangler is one of the few remaining 4WD vehicles with solid front and rear axles. These axles are known for their durability, strength and articulation. New Wranglers come with a Dana 44 rear differential and a Dana 30 front differential. The upgraded Rubicon model of the JK Wrangler is equipped with electronically activated locking differentials, Dana 44 axles front and rear with 4.10 gears, a 4:1 transfer case, electronic sway bar disconnect and heavy duty suspension.
Another benefit of solid axle vehicles is that they tend to be easier and cheaper to lift with aftermarket suspension systems. This increases the distance between the axle and chassis of the vehicle. By increasing this distance, larger tires can be an addition to higher ground clearance, many owners aim to increase suspension articulation or flew to give their Jeeps greatly improved off-road capabilities. Good suspension articulation keeps all four wheels in contact with the ground and maintains traction. Useful features of the smaller Jeeps are their short wheelbases, narrow frames and ample approach, break over and departure angles, allowing them to fit in to places where full-size 4WDs have difficulty.
As of now there haven't been much briefing of the price charts or the variants of the vehicles to be launched. All that has been stated is that the company is going to make an entry in to the Indian Automotive Market in 2016, so we'll have to wait till then.
The line-up of vehicles should be made available through Fiat dealerships across India sometime in 2016.
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