Model is expected to be revealed this summer with the "Compass" nameplate.

Automotive News has learned from sources close to Jeep the brand new SUV set to replace the Compass and Patriot is slated to enter production on January 30, 2017 at the factory in Toluca, Mexico. While previous reports were indicating a November public debut at the Sao Paulo show in Brazil, the latest gossip suggests Jeep will reveal the model later this summer. Both reports could technically be true since the SUV could be shown online in the months to come and receive its public debut at the motor show.

As for the outgoing Compass and Patriot, these will remain in production at FCA’s factory in Belvidere, Illinois until December 23. After that, the facility is going to be closed during the annual holiday break and then will be retooled to get ready for Cherokee production which will kick off on May 15, according to the same source. Switching Cherokee assembly from Toledo to Belvidere will give Jeep more production capacity for the next-gen Wrangler which could serve as foundation for a long-rumored pickup.

Getting back to the Compass, Patriot replacement, it will likely receive the former’s name and is going to be underpinned by an extended configuration of the Small Wide Platform. That means it will have a lot in common with the Renegade, from which it will inherit engines, gearboxes, and other hardware.

We recently spotted the model in prototype guise with an exterior and interior design influenced by the Grand Cherokee. The SUV appeared to be just about ready to lose the disguise and show its production face, so a reveal over the summer doesn't really seem so far-fetched.


Gallery: 2017 Jeep Compass, Patriot replacement spy photos