Jeep’s new compact crossover, which will replace both the Jeep Compass and Patriot in the automaker’s lineup, has been spied inside and out by Autoblog photographers.
The photos get up and close and personal with the new crossover, which is slated for a late-2016 debut. The vehicle appears to share design cues with the current Jeep Grand Cherokee, sporting a high beltline and small greenhouse. The pre-production camouflage seen on the vehicle makes it hard to say for sure, but the design seems to be relatively conservative.
Inside, the Compass/Patriot replacement looks similar to the current-generation Jeep Cherokee. The photos show a center stack identical to the Cherokee’s housing Fiat Chrysler’s 8.4-inch touch screen infotainment system, with controls for the heat and A/C and other functions located just beneath the screen. A standard knob-style gear lever will be used, along with the three-spoke steering wheel featured on the Cherokee.
Under the hood will be FCA’s new 2.0-liter Hurricane four-cylinder engine, but according to Autoblog, the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine will also be available as a budget alternative. FCA’s nine-speed automatic transmission will be the sole transmission option.
The new Jeep Compass/Patriot is slated for a debut in Brazil during the fourth-quarter of this year. FCA’s Pernambuco, Brazil plant, capable of building up to 250,000 vehicles annually, will be tasked with producing the new crossover.
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