The replacement for the current Jeep Compass and Jeep Patriot will debut later this month at Fiat Chrysler’s Pernambuco assembly plant in Brazil before going on sale globally in early 2017.
The new SUV will ride on a version of FCA’s Small-Wide 4×4 architecture that underpins the Jeep Renegade. The automaker’s 2.4-liter four-cylinder should serve as the base engine, while its new 2.0-liter turbocharged four could be offered as an option. We also expect to see a nine-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive, of course.
In June it was reported development of the new compact crossover was on track and would debut in September. It will be built in Mexico for the North American market, with sites in China, India and Brazil supporting global markets. The version to debut in Brazil this month will be slightly different than the North American model, which is set for an unveiling at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show in November.
In June, Jeep brand boss Mike Manley told Edmunds the Patriot/Renegade replacement would go on sale in the first-quarter of 2017, but wouldn’t launch commercially until the end of the first or early in the second quarter.
“As we normally do, we will build dealer stocks so even though it will be on our dealer lots in the first quarter, probably the timing of the commercial launch will be towards the end of the first quarter or early second quarter,” he said.