New Baby Jeep could be named the Jeepster

December 21st, 2013 by

The Jeepster - Thanks for the photo AutoBlog

Do you know who made the first crossover? If we told you it was Jeep, would that throw you off a little bit? We all know them for their Jeep Grand Cherokee, Wrangler, and Liberty (all of which you can find on our Buy Here Pay Here lot at McCluskey), but there is more to them that that! Back in 1948, Willys-Overland, the forbearers of Jeep, built a vehicle that they decided to call the Jeepster. It was this funky, little thing of a car, designed as a mix of the rugged Jeeps that came before and what was then considered a modern car. Hence, we give credit to Jeep for the first crossover. Anyways, the name was later revived from 1966 to 1972, so it is a name that resonates with Jeep enthusiasts. It may be revived again.

It seems as if the present-day Jeep brand may revive the Jeepster name for a new product that is seemingly based on Fiat bones. It will slot in at the bottom of the brand’s range underneath the retiring Compass and Patriot. This is all coming in from Australia’s Drive, and sources seem to check out. We are being told that the Jeepster will be available in both front and all-wheel-drive variants, and that it will also offer both gas and diesel engines. We can’t forget though, that since it is an Aussie source, it is no guarantee that we will be getting a diesel Jeepster in the US.

We are still eager to see what the production Jeepster will look at, as all we have to go on so far are spy shots like the one seen above. We have heard that it will be making its production debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, which also leads us to believe that Chrysler has some global ambitions for this CUV. We will keep you updated as we learn more!