The Jeep Patriot and Compass are to be replaced by a single model which was spied testing in an extended Renegade body earlier.
Now a spy shot published by Autos Segredos shows a test mule of the new crossover in production body for the first time. An earlier report said that the ‘Jeep 551’ will be based on a modified version of the platform that underpins the Renegade and the Fiat 500X. Moreover, all-wheel drive models will feature GKN switchable four-wheel drive transmission as standard.
The Brazilian publication says that the new crossover will be unveiled at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in January. The person who spotted the test mule said that it looks like a smaller Grand Cherokee. The Jeep 551 will share drivetrain and suspension systems with the Renegade and the upcoming Fiat Toro pickup truck.
Two engines will be offered on the new crossover: a 2.0-liter Tigershark petrol and a 2.0-liter MultiJet II that is offered on the Renegade also. Transmission options should include 6-speed manual and 9-speed automatic.
The Patriot/Compass successor will be made in right-hand drive. The left-hand drive version will be built in Brazil for all major left-hand drive markets, while China will get its own locally produced version. 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. Sales in any market probably won’t commence before 2017 though.
A report released in June said that the production has been pushed back from Spring 2016 by at least six months.
[Image Source: Autos Segredos]