Jeep sales in India will start in mid-2016, the automaker confirmed during the Delhi show.

“Our aggressive expansion in international markets is one of the key drivers behind our current global sales momentum,” said brand chief Mike Manley.

Jeep last year started local production in Brazil and China. It also said it would spend about US$280m at its manufacturing joint venture between  Fiat India Automobiles and Tata Motors. The factory in Ranjangaon will support production of a new Jeep vehicle planned from in 2017.

“Jeep has been one of the most awaited SUV brands in India and it is entering this important market the same year that it celebrates its 75th anniversary. The SUV segment witnessed a robust growth of 22% over the last five years in India and we expect it to grow exponentially in the future,” said Kevin Flynn, president and managing director, FCA India Automobiles.

The Wrangler and Grand Cherokee launch models will be sold with diesel and petrol engines through a network of dealers located in key metro cities.