The development schedule for the Jeep Compass/Jeep Patriot is right on track, with Automotive News reporting the crossover will debut in Brazil in September before a launch date in early 2017.
Jeep revealed earlier this year the replacement for both the Compass and Patriot crossovers would make its debut at Fiat Chrysler’s Pernambuco assembly plant in Brazil, which is one of the plants tasked with building the new compact. Despite FCA’s recent track record of delaying product launches, the new Compass/Patriot has stayed on course for a September debut.
“In every plant, the status of the (Compass/Patriot) launch is very much on track,” Jeep brand boss Mike Manley told AN in a recent interview.
Pre production prototypes for the new Compass/Patriot have been photographed testing on more than one occasion. The new crossover will ride on a version of FCA’s Small-Wide 4×4 architecture that underpins the Renegade and appears to be similarly styled to the mid-size Jeep Grand Cherokee.
The North American market Compass/Patriot replacement will be produced at FCA’s Toluca, Mexico plant, while a yet-to-be-named Chinese pant will handle production for China. Chinese production will start in late 2016, Jeep said.