Back in mid-December 2013 we brought you news that Jeep might be bringing back the Jeepster (you can read more on that here) and many of you were up in arms about calling the Italian Fiat 500X based crossover SUV a Jeepster. Well, we’ve just gotten ahold of some recent spy shots of the new seven-slat Jeepster or whatever jeep is planning on calling this latest vehicle, which could potentially be replacing the Compass and Patriot in the brand’s lineup. The Jeepster shares the same platform with the Fiat 500X but it definitely has a more aggressive appearance than the curvy Fiat 500X concept we showed you last month.
This smaller Jeep will no doubt feature a number of iconic Jeep design cues as is evident with the prototype’s seven-slat grille. The body lines are reminiscent of the old XJ Cherokees from the looks of the hood lines and the upright B and C pillars. The headlights look to be fairly squarish in our opinion but we can’t help but picture a baby Dodge Nitro hiding behind all that urban camouflage. The rear taillights are reminiscent of the iconic cube-shaped Wrangler taillights but this could just be an optical illusion from all the urban camouflage.
We will admit that this Jeep’s overall boxier body-shape is much better to look at compared to the Fiat 500X’s egg-shaped design but we think it’s safe to say that the earlier rumors which suggested the Jeepster (or Latitude) was going to be inspired by the Willys MB were greatly exaggerated.
With less than two months until the Geneva Motor Show, it will be interesting to see if Jeep decides to change the design of this pint sized wheeler. One suggestion we would give is to maybe give it a little ground clearance to get over the bumps at the mall without too much effort. With any luck, maybe we’ll see this so called Jeepster get a true low range or at the very least a set of 2-speed axles to ensure it can actually make it through a moderate off-road trail.
Check out the spy shots of the mystery Jeepster hitting the road!