Jeep’s global boss has suggested the company hasn’t ruled out the possibility of introducing a small bakkie positioned below the Gladiator.

Christian Meunier told he would not dismiss the idea of Jeep offering a product to compete with the upcoming Ford Maverick and Hyundai Santa Cruz.

“Everything is possible,” he told the publication, though added “we don’t see a huge market for that” at the moment.

Of course, the newly formed Stellantis group – under which the Jeep brand falls – includes Fiat and Ram, both of which already offer small unibody bakkies in the form of the Strada (and slightly larger Toro) and Ram 1000.

As a reminder, Ford's Maverick is likely to be revealed towards the middle of 2021, with no plans for a single-cab (Bantam-style) body style. It is expected to share its underpinnings with the Bronco Sport.

The Santa Cruz, meanwhile, is due to go into production at Hyundai’s assembly plant in Alabama later 2021, some six years after the original concept was revealed.