Crossovers and SUVs are the current sales kings of the automotive world. Many brands are scrambling to bring new crossovers to market, and that includes Jeep, who was recently spied testing an all-new C-segment crossover destined to slot between the subcompact Renegade and the midsize Cherokee.
The new crossover, spied by Autoblog photographers, appears to follow typical Jeep design language. To our eye, it looks like someone shot a Grand Cherokee with a shrink ray, though it’s hard to provide much of an opinion on the exterior styling due to the camouflage covering nearly every square-inch of the prototype.
The compact crossover is said to ride on a modified version of the Small US Wide 4×4 architecture that currently underpins the Fiat 500X and Jeep Renegade, while drive will come via Fiat-Chrysler’s new-for-2016 ’s 2.0-liter turbocharged ‘Hurricane’ four-cylinder engine. We’re willing to bet Fiat-Chrysler’s nine-speed automatic transmission found in the 500X and Renegade will also be employed.
As Autoblog points out, this new compact crossover could retain the Compass or Patriot name seeing as it would replace both crossovers in Jeep’s portfolio, or it may adopt an entirely new name altogether. No matter what its called, we’re expecting this mystery CUV to debut sometime in 2016, perhaps as early as the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this January.