It has been known from quite a while that the Jeep Patriot and Jeep Compass would be replaced by a single compact SUV next year. A rendering from automotive illustrator Shoeb Kalania previews how the new compact SUV (codename: Jeep 551) may look like, with cues borrowed from the Jeep Grand Cherokee on the front and from the Jeep Renegade on the side.
The new compact SUV is currently under development in Brazil and has already been spied with a production body. An earlier report said that the it will be based on a modified version of the platform that underpins the Jeep Renegade and the Fiat 500X. It will be available in both 2WD and AWD and the latter will feature the GKN switchable four-wheel drive transmission as standard.
The new Jeep SUV will reportedly be unveiled at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in January. It will share its share drivetrain and suspension systems with the Renegade and the upcoming Fiat Toro pickup truck that will be inspired by the Fiat FCC4 concept. Two engines will be on offer: a 2.0-liter Tigershark petrol and the 2.0-liter MultiJet II diesel engine. Transmission options would include 6-speed manual and 9-speed automatic.
The Jeep Patriot/Compass replacement will be built in both right-hand drive and left-hand drive versions. The left-hand drive version will be built in Brazil for all major left-hand drive markets, while the right-hand drive version will be built in India for domestic sales, as well as, reports say, exports to Australia, South Africa and the UK. The China-spec left-hand drive version will be locally built.