FCA has been largely quiet on the replacement since making the announcement, preferring instead to concentrate on its new compact model in the Jeep Renegade SUV.
But now, reports out of the UK suggest fans will get their first look at the replacement for the Patriot and the Compass at next year’s Geneva Motor Show.
Auto Express reports Jeep bosses have confirmed the covers will come off the new midsized model in Geneva, and that ‘Compass’ will be the likely name.
While the Compass badge has been selling in the Australian market for some time (pictured, top of page), a new Compass model will mark the return of the badge for some overseas markets.
That means for Australian customers at least, the days are numbered for Jeep’s current entry-level model - the Patriot.
This will position the new Compass between the incoming Renegade and the Cherokee in Jeep’s local line-up, where it will compete with the likes of Mazda’s CX-5, the Toyota RAV4, Nissan’s X-Trail and, indeed, Jeep’s own Cherokee.
The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) currently classes both the Compass and the Patriot as ‘small SUVs’, while the Cherokee sits in the medium SUV segment.
At present, the Compass is available in Australia with 2.0 or 2.4 litre four-cylinder petrol engines. Transmission choices include a five-speed manual, while CVT and six-speed units are the options for automatic buyers.
The new Compass may see the 2.2 litre diesel engine from the Cherokee join the range, along with 1.6 and 2.0 litre diesels for various markets and a 1.4 litre turbocharged petrol engine is also a possibility.
Expect an early reveal for the new Compass ahead of the Geneva Motor Show early next year, with production to commence shortly after Geneva. Stay tuned for more.
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