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Spied: Jeep's upcoming "baby" model

by Drew Johnson

Jeep\'s upcoming compact model has been spotted testing in Europe.

Jeep's upcoming sub-compact model has been spotted for the first time testing in Europe. The is likely to hit the market as the Latitude, although the Jeepster nameplate is also being thrown around.

Although still covered in heavy camouflage, this is the first time we've seen the Latitude wearing its production-intent sheet metal. Previous iterations of the baby Jeep were clad in Fiat 500 bodywork.

Still, a few design cues can be peering out from beneath its cover. The Latitude will sport Jeep's iconic seven-slat grille, with the compact's round headlights mimicking those found on the Wrangler. Though difficult to discern, it looks as though the Latitude will have an overall boxy look like the Patriot instead of the more streamlined look of the Compass. The Latitude will eventually replace both of those models in Jeep's lineup.

The Latitude will reportedly make its global debut at the Geneva Motor Show this March. Following its unveiling, look for Jeep's smallest model to arrive in dealer showrooms during the fall.

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