Compass or Patriot? Patriot or Compass? There is still nothing official about this matter, yet most of the public votes for the all-new 2018 Jeep Compass. Either way, the new SUV which is intended to fill the gap between the Renegade and Cherokee is spotted completely undisguised for the first time, so there is plenty of new details about it.
2018 Jeep Compass: Styling and Name Details
Like we said, the carmaker hasn’t said anything about the name of the future SUV, yet we spot some pretty reliable evidence. As you may notice, the upcoming model has the plastered on its flanks, so yes, it’s definitely the Compass. However, except of the old-new name, the vehicle has nothing in common with its predecessor. It’s rather a mixture of the ultra-popular Grand Cherokee and Fiat’s Toro pickup truck. The front end is really, really handsome and aggressive, but we are a bit tired of Cherokee’s face. Still, the distinctive grille fits perfectly, so it’s no wonder why the carmaker decided for this. As for the rest of it, we must say it features pretty dynamic bodywork, interesting wheel arches and floating wheel arches, yet pretty anemic rear end.
Chassis and Engines
As for the platform, like we said sometime earlier, the 2018 Jeep Compass will use Renegade’s small and wide 4×4 architecture that’s stretched a little bit for Compass’ needs. Under the hood, the US drivers should be able to choose the 2.4-liter naturally aspirated and all-new 2.0-liter turbocharge unit. Of course, the car manufacturer will also offer an oil-burner option, but no in North America. The oversea customers will likely get a 2.0-liter Multijet turbo diesel mill. In any case, the engines will be matted to a nine-speed auto transmission and either standard front- or optional all-wheel drive.
The all-new Compass is going to be introduced at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show in November, but it will become available at the market shortly after that, possibly in early 2017.