Jeep has finally revealed its compact SUV replacement, unveiling the all-new Compass at its new assembly plant in Brazil.
Despite production commencing in Brazil, the new Compass is not expected to arrive in Australia until late next year, with the SUV’s official unveiling slated for the Los Angeles Motor Show in November.
The new model is the much-hyped "ComPatriot" replacement for Jeep’s two oldest SUVs – the Compass and Patriot - both of which have been on Australian roads largely unchanged for the past 10 years.
This reveal follows the launch of the Jeep Renegade in Australia last year, but while that model was styled off the Wrangler, the new Compass takes its styling cues from the bigger Grand Cherokee. It is built off Jeep’s small-wide 4x4 platform that also underpins the smaller Renegade, with the Compass to sit between that car and the mid-size Cherokee in the Jeep line-up.
It will complete the new-look Jeep line-up in Australia when it arrives next year.
Jeep is promising the all-new Compass will be "the most capable compact SUV ever". It will be offered with 17 different engine-and-gearbox combinations in more than 100 countries.
Pricing and specification details remain thin, but Jeep is expected to reveal more specifics at the vehicle’s LA Auto Show debut.
While Jeep’s parent company FCA Australia wouldn’t be drawn on specifics, PR boss Lucy McLellan told CarsGuide.com.au; "we are very excited about the all new Compass."
"It is not only a great looking car but it will complete the new-look Jeep line-up in Australia when it arrives next year."
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