The Fiat Chrysler Automobiles mainstay brand is hard at work on the Jeep Wrangler replacement, but the automaker is also debuting another important model this year.
We’re talking about the solo model destined to replace the Jeep Compass and Patriot duet – which is now expected to officially make its presence known during the Los Angeles Auto Show. The Compass and Patriot – before the Renegade appeared – were the most basic models in the Jeep lineup, slotting even below the legendary Wrangler. And because they weren’t exactly the startling success the company expected, they will both bite the dust and just one of them get a proper replacement. The current Compass and Patriot will retire off the assembly line at Fiat Chrysler Belvidere’s plant on December 23 so the new generation can take their place.
It will eschew the obsolete PM / MK platform Chrysler had taken from the 2005 Mitsubishi Outlander, with the new compact crossover SUV expected to use the Small US Wide 4×4 platform instead. The Renegade architecture is a great thing to build upon, especially considering the latter’s Trailhawk off-road experienced version. The Compass will also use the company’s new 2.0-liter turbo-four, expected to also transition under the hood of the next generation Jeep Wrangler later on.