In January Jeep brand boss Mike Manley was quoted in saying its new compact crossover, which will replace the aging Jeep Compass and Patriot, will debut at the 2016 New York international Auto Show. However the compact SUV was nowhere to be found in NYC last week, with its debut being pushed back until late 2016.
Speaking to Australia’s Motoring.au, Manley said the Compass will debut in Brazil later this year as it will be made at the automaker’s new global production facility in the country. Despite the long delay, Manley also insisted that development or production issues did not push the vehicle’s launch back.
“There’s no problem with it,” he said. “We decided to launch the new C [segment] SUV in Brazil. It’ll be the first plant that gets the global vehicle, so no delays — it’s on track.”
The new compact SUV, which will likely adopt either the Compass or Patriot nameplates, will slot in between the mid-size Cherokee and subcompact Renegade in Jeep’s model lineup. The Compass and Patriot will be slowly phased out as the new vehicle’s debut approaches, but Manley has said they could keep making one of the models if there is interest.