Jeep will enter a new market segment with a small, Fiat-derived B-class model – and yes, it is trail-rated.

Dubbed the Renegade, a name dusted off from a former Wrangler trim package and a 2008 concept vehicle, the new small CUV is an addition to the Jeep line and will slot below the Patriot and Compass in the brand’s U.S. stable.

Debuting at the Geneva auto show later today, the ’15 Renegade shares its Small-Wide platform with the Fiat 500L, though Chrysler executives say the architecture has been significantly updated for the new Jeep.

It will be built at Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s assembly plant in Melfi, Italy. There will be no Fiat version of the vehicle.

Production, which will include right-hand-drive models, begins at the end of the second quarter, and the Renegade will launch in Europe in the third quarter. Rollout in the U.S. will follow quickly, probably in late December.

There’s more than a hint of Wrangler and Patriot in the design of the Renegade, which features classic Jeep lines, not the more modernized styling of the new Cherokee released late last year.

Mark Allen, head of the Jeep design studio, notes the strong Wrangler influence in the exterior, with its 7-slot grille and round headlamps, adding there is “enough Wrangler DNA that it could affect Wrangler (demand) down the road.”

It also could signal Jeep’s direction on the future of the bigger Compass/Patriot models. Chrysler has said it plans to offer only one of the two models in the line’s next-generation. With the Renegade’s more Patriot-like design, it could mean Jeep will stick with the less traditional Compass cute-ute, with updated design cues that follow the Cherokee more closely.