Detroit - US SUV buyers opting for the new Jeep Renegade might soon find out that their American icon is made in Italy.
In a sign of what comes with the takeover of Chrysler by IFiat, US dealers have begun selling the Italian-made Jeep Renegade.
The first examples of the new compact 4x4 were shipped to dealers last week, with prices starting at around $20 000 (R236 000). The Renegade is likely to go on sale in South Africa in the coming months, but no prices have been confirmed as yet.
Jeep, which was taken over by American Motors in 1970 and then came under the control of Chrysler in 1987, has benefited greatly from the overwhelming popularity of SUVs in the US since the ‘90s.
The brand is now a key element of Fiat Chrysler Automobile's plans to expand globally, and the Renegade is tapping one of the hottest market segments right now: small SUVs.