A compact Jeep crossover, as small as the Mini Countryman or smaller, is reportedly in development and is expected to arrive by 2013. Speculation on underpinnings is still up in the air, but it will most likely be based on the Fiat Panda platform, which is popular throughout Europe and is as competent off-road as any small, unibody front-driver can get.
2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee -- Minor Updates
2012 Jeep Liberty -- Refreash
2012 Jeep Patriot -- Minor Updates
Is Jeep preparing to add a pickup to its stable in the near future? Representatives continue to tease the press. So far, the strongest sign was at a recent dealer meeting where Jeep CEO Mike Manley unveiled, yet again, the Gladiator concept pickup. Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne also recently fanned the flames and said there's room for something like the Gladiator in the Jeep lineup. A Wrangler-size rugged truck would seem a natural fit for Jeep, and as rumors continue to swirl, we wouldn't bet against it.
2012 Jeep Wrangler -- Minor Updates
Kia Compact Crossover
At the 2011 Detroit auto show, Kia showcased a crossover concept called the KV7. Although officially a concept, Kia officials loudly hinted at the show that a production version along the lines of the KV7 could become a reality. The concept has a completely realistic powertrain under the hood -- Kia's new turbocharged, direct-injected, 2.0-liter I-4 as found in the Kia Optima SX. It reportedly produces 285 horsepower -- 11 more than in the Optima -- and is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. According to Kia, this combination is good for more than 30 mpg highway.
2012 Kia Sedona -- Minor Updates
2012 Kia Sorento -- Minor Updates
2012 Kia Sportage -- Minor Updates