Jeep's President and CEO Mike Manley told reporters during press previews for the North American International Auto Show in Detroit that any production would be "relatively incremental." Jeep sells several models in China, including the Grand Cherokee, Wrangler and Compass.
Chrysler is owned by Italian carmaker Fiat SpA. Manley says Jeep has been talking with a Fiat partner in China about production.
Manley says the Wrangler always will be built in the U.S. and the brand's home is "always going to be" the U.S.
During the 2012 presidential campaign, GOP candidate Mitt Romney came under criticism for an ad saying Chrysler would build Jeeps in China.