Late last year a new compact Jeep crossover was spied, signaling the arrival of the replacement for the aging Patriot and Compass models. Now Jeep has officially confirmed the model’s arrival, telling The Detroit News the vehicle will debut at the 2016 New York Auto Show in March.
Jeep brand boss Mike Manley said the automaker has yet to decide on a name for the new crossover. The model will replace both the Patriot and Compass, so both names are currently being considered, but it has yet to pick one.
“We’ve got two very good names, two well-established names with Compass and Patriot that continue to perform very well,” Manley said. “It will be one of those names — which one, we’re going to have to wait and see.”
The new crossover may be based on Fiat Chrysler’s Small US Wide 4×4 architecture that currently underpins the Fiat 500X and Jeep Renegade, while drive is expected to come via the new 2.0-liter turbocharged ‘Hurricane’ four-cylinder engine. A nine-speed automatic transmission could also be used.