Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne hoped to get production of the Jeep Renegade up and running in China by the end of 2015, and it appears his company’s right on track. A Chinese-made Jeep Renegade was recently spied testing in Shanghai by a Car News China reader, marking the first time a Chinese domestic market Renegade has been seen.
Despite a slowdown in the Chinese economy and a resulting decline in car demand, production of the Chinese Renegade, which will be sold exclusively in China, appears to be on-track. The crossover is already produced at Fiat Chrysler’s Pernambuco, Brazil and Melfi, Italy plants and thanks to a joint venture with Guangzhou Auto
, will soon enter production in China.
The Chinese Renegade is expected to be offered with Fiat Chrysler’s 1.4-liter turbocharged MultiAir four-cylinder and 2.4-liter four-cylinder ‘World’ engine, which will be mated to a standard six-speed manual. A DCT automatic will be with the 1.4-liter, while a nine-speed automatic will be tied to the 2.4. Prices are expected to range from 150,000 yuan (about $23,000 USD) to 280,000 yuan (about $43,000).
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