The successor to the Jeep Compass / Patriot duo is now official, a good while ahead of its official public presentation in front of the worldwide audience of the LA Auto Show in November.
The model has been presented in advance to coincide with the start of production at Jeep’s all new manufacturing plant located in Goiana, Pernambuco, Brazil. The model was actually slotted to debut during the 2016 New York Auto Show earlier this year, but the company decided to hold it off – though Jeep boss Mike Manley assured there’s no problem” with the compact crossover. The automaker hasn’t released additional information beyond what we already know, but instead opted to offer a slew of revealing photos to accompany the initial introduction.
What we already know about the small crossover is that – aside from looking like a shrunk Grand Cherokee – it will also be “the most capable compact SUV ever” and it will use 17 different powertrain options to satisfy its wide global audience. So, we’re expecting some big petrol engines – Fiat-Chrysler’s 2.4-liter Tigershark four-cylinder engine, mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission among them – for North America. For Europe in turn we should be looking at the diesel mills used by the Renegade model – the choice is large so there’s no problem hitting that 17 powertrain mark.