The US automaker has been rumored for long to come out with a single replacement for the not so hot Compass and Patriot models, but it appears now fans have to wait a little longer to see it.
There were rumors the unique replacement model that would be sold in lieu of the Compass and Patriot was supposed to be presented in a world debut in front of the audience of the ongoing New York Auto Show. But that didn’t happen even though the company itself tipped the presentation of the new compact crossover during the Big Apple show so the rumor mill has started spinning once more and has come up with a solution – the presentation has been postponed for the third quarter of the year. That’s according to Mike Manley, Jeep’s boss, who commented on the matter during a recent interview on the sidelines of the NYIAS.
Additionally, while the Jeep brand prides with its US origin, the first place where the new model will be shown would actually be Brazil, where the vehicle will also be manufactured. The delay hasn’t been caused by additional problems said the executive and the model is on track for the Q2 introduction in South America. The name of the Jeep model has also been decided according to the report and it will keep the Compass moniker because the Patriot would be too US-biased and the new model is designed primarily as a global offering.