I would guess that there were baby-B/Maverick mules out there, but they were just Escapes with minor outward alterations.Finally, we see this little guy. . . .
I agree, I think the escape size and functionality is much more aligned with the Cherokee and I would expect the baby bronco to have better offroad chops than the renegade, something again more like the Cherokee. (though that's not saying much)Many of the articles suggest the baby is aimed at the Renegade, but it would seem to me that the Cherokee and Compass are the real targets.