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author photo by Autotrader March 2011

In its official announcement at last week's Geneva Auto Show, Jeep took the wraps off of its latest nod to off-road efficiency, a diesel-equipped Grand Cherokee. The new powertrain, featuring the latest in Fiat combustion technology and supplied by vendor VM Motori, gives the biggest Jeep a fighting chance in the European marketplace. There, a liter of fuel and a bottle of table wine sell for approximately the same number of euros. And while that was the official news, word from Geneva suggests something even more miserly is in Jeep's not-too-distant future.

With fuel prices on an upward trajectory, even a rumor couldn't be better timed. A look at today's smallest traditional Jeep, the Wrangler, suggests almost 3,800 unladen pounds on a footprint of 153 inches. With an EPA city/highway rating of 15 and 19, respectively, this is hardly the sporting, nimble Jeep of the post-World War II era. Then, the CJ2 boasted an 80-inch wheelbase, an overall length of 123 inches and a curb weight of but 2,100 pounds. EPA figures weren't calculated at the time, but in Europe the Germans ran out of gas before our Jeep-equipped Allied Forces. In short, the timing couldn't be better for a smaller and (hopefully) more efficient runabout from the House of Jeep.

In an interview with British pub Autocar, Jeep CEO Mike Manley confirmed what most Jeep enthusiasts have long suspected – there exists a place in the market for a Jeep in what is known as the B-Segment, currently populated by hatches the size of the Nissan Versa and crossovers – such as Nissan's Juke – sharing the Versa underpinnings. Of course, Jeep's current U.S. lineup boasts the Patriot and Compass, built atop the base architecture of the Dodge Caliber. Those entries, however, have been neither 'Jeep-enough' nor small enough, and what Mr. Manley hints at will presumably be derived from an all-new architecture.

Speculation centers on using Fiat's Grande Punto for the base platform, along with a range of small displacement gas and diesel powerplants. As with the Patriot and Compass, front-wheel drive would be standard, but Manley (correctly) perceives AWD as essential to the Jeep DNA. The exterior of such a crossover was suggested almost a decade ago with the Jeep Compass concept, shown at the Detroit Auto Show in 2002. It promised a lighter, more nimble Jeep, but liberally sprinkled with classic Wrangler design cues.

With the aforementioned Juke off to a roaring start, and the Mini Countryman gaining notice, Jeep could use this vehicle today. The newest iteration of Chrysler, however, seems appropriately agile, and that suggests something intrinsically Jeep.

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