SUVs have dominated the automotive world for several years. They are gobbling up minivans and undermining the dominance of sedans in the entire auto market. With the switch to electricity, they will still increase even though it is strange that we promote electricity to be more ecological and that at the same time we put batteries into cars that are heavier, less aerodynamic, and consume more than the sedans they use. get the technical basis… But that’s how it is and manufacturers are surfing this SUV wave by opening more and more new models.
Full of SUVs
The Stellantis group, born from the association of the PSA and FCA groups, has within its brands a large number of SUVs with the Jeep brand of course, but also Peugeot and its emblematic models are the Peugeot 2008, 3008 and 5008 (and the new sedan-SUV 408) And these are not the only Stellantis SUVs because other brands such as Alfa Romeo, Citroën, DS Automobiles, Fiat, Opel have one or more more vehicles of this type in their range.
Peugeot 2008 lends its technical base
Despite a large SUV division within it, Stellantis always wanted more and the group decided to hit the city SUV segment hard. These are the three city SUVs that are scheduled to arrive in the coming months. So that brands can create these models while limiting development costs as much as possible, a common technical base, that of Peugeot 2008. This is the e-CMP platform that can accommodate thermal and electric motors, because it is necessary to provide for the future and the planned transition to all-electric for some brands of the group. So DS Automobiles should go all electric in 2024, that is to say we will continue with hybrid engines for a while while there will be no new thermal engines. For Jeep it will be 2027, for Fiat 2027, Opel 2028… But be careful, it will be available in Europe, because in other markets internal combustion engines have the right to be sold, and it will be after 2035 (date when thermals will be banned for sale in Europe*). In fact, it is difficult to see Jeep going all-electric in 2025 on the North American continent, which represents a large number of sales for this manufacturer.
For Jeep it is a second city SUV
Let’s stay with Jeep for a moment to talk about the new city SUV based on the Peugeot 2008. And we already know what it looks like because the photos of a concept car were revealed by Stellantis at the beginning of year. This is a small model about which we have almost no information except for these two images. We know, however, that it is below the Jeep Renegade, a city SUV like this, that it has two-wheel drive, even if a 4×4 project has been considered for a while there are two electric motors, but that’s it. this project could eventually be implemented to replace the Renegade. This “Baby” Jeep will be manufactured at the group’s factory in Tychy, Poland. If this is the first 100% electric Jeep, there are also combustion engines under the hood of this model. In addition, the prototypes currently undergoing development tests are equipped with internal combustion engines.
It is also in Tychy that the other Stellantis city SUV will be made, which is for the Alfa Romeo brand. What we now call Brennero, but could be called Palade, will also replace the Peugeot 2008 base as well as its thermal and electric engines. Thermal engines, because between now and 2035, there is always the possibility of selling thermal engines. Under the hood there is a 1.2 PureTech gasoline engine that should receive the support of a micro-hybridization system to consume less and get a reduction in CO2 emissions. While the “Baby” Jeep will arrive in early 2023, the Alfa Romeo Brennero will arrive only in 2024.
The third and last city SUV to be produced in Poland, this is a model from Fiat that should take the style of the Centoventi concept car. In addition, in the documents passed on the presentation of the concept car at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, an illustration of a model of the defender of this Centoventi base that may correspond to the future model. For Fiat, as for Jeep, it is a second SUV in the city because it comes to position itself under the Fiat 500 X. a Fiat 500 X that will change generation in 2024. Must get It is a few centimeters on the road and will adopt Peugeot 2008 platform. This technical basis will serve the new city SUV and the future Centoventi family because it is a true family model. In fact, Fiat will replace the Panda and since mini-city cars are no longer popular, the Panda’s replacement is this Centoventi which is a versatile city car. It is available in the city bodywork and may be considered the successor of the Fiat Punto (it can also borrow this name), it is also available in the city SUV. A city SUV that will be the first model of this new family of practical and affordable models and it may arrive on the market in 2024.
By increasing the number of SUVs in the city, the Stellantis group wants to become an important player in the sector and take market share from some of its competitors such as Renault Captur and Nissan Juke, but also the trio from Volkswagen: Volkswagen T -Cross, Taigo and Barter. .
*Frans Timmermans, Vice-President of the Commission in charge of the Green Pact indicated that the Commission will stock plug-in hybrid engines in 2026, to see if there is a possibility to maintain this technology after 2035. Synthetic The fuel will also be considered at this time.