A sharp-eyed photographer has caught the 2018 Jeep Compass out and about prior to its debut in Brazil later this month.
The Compass, which will be shown in Brazil before the U.S. spec version makes its debut at the 2016 LA Auto Show in October, was photographed by Brazilian automotive website Autoo while Jeep was shooting promotional material for the crossover.
Like we suspected after seeing images of pre-production models, the new Compass looks very much like a smaller Jeep Grand Cherokee. The automaker’s seven slot grille is present, along with a slightly rearward sloping roofline and a narrow greenhouse section.
The model photographed is a Compass Limited – which will likely serve as the range-topper in the Compass portfolio. The white vehicle features a contrasting black painted roof (potentially an option for Limited models) and other amenities such as chrome wheels, chrome exterior trim and what appear to be LED headlamps and taillights.
FCA’s new 2.0-liter turbocharged Hurricane four-cylinder is expected to find its way under the hood of the new Compass. Its 2.4-liter naturally aspirated four may also be available in lower-spec models. Whichever engines FCA selects for the Compass, you can bet they will be mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission.
More information on the 2018 Jeep Compass will become available following its debut later this month.