Jeep was supposed to unveil a brand new compact SUV at the ongoing New York Auto Show, but the Compass / Patriot replacement is MIA.
If you were hoping to finally see Jeep’s replacement for the Compass and Patriot, you’re out of luck. That’s because nowadays in the Big Apple the only novelties are the 2017 Grand Cherokee Trailhawk and Summit. Jeep previously announced the new compact crossover would debut at the New York Auto Show, but now we hear it will be introduced in the third quarter of the year. These are the words of Mike Manley, head of Jeep, during an interview with Australian magazine Motoring.
Rather than being introduced on US soil, Jeep has decided the most appropriate location to show off the new model is Brazil because this is the place where it will be initially produced. Despite the delay, Manley specified “there’s no problem” with the new Jeep and everything is on track for a Q3 reveal in South America.
As far as the SUV’s name is concerned, the latest report says Jeep has decided to go with the “Compass” name instead of “Patriot” as the latter is too US-focused and as a consequence isn’t suitable for what will be a global model.
Little else is known about the SUV, but spy shots have shown the design will have more in common with the Compass rather than the Patriot. Codenamed “551”, the new Jeep is expected to ride on an elongated variant of the Small Wide platform and could spawn a Fiat version allegedly due in 2017. Front-wheel drive will be standard, but select versions will get an all-wheel drive layout. The engine lineup and the nine-speed automatic transmission will probably be sourced from the Renegade.
Note: Jeep Compass / Patriot replacement speculative render by OmniAuto.it pictured.