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The Jeep Compass and Jeep Patriot SUVs will be merged to become one model, and the company is referring to the new model as the Compatriot.

Speaking with CarAdvice at the launch of the brand’s new baby Renegade SUV in California this week, Jeep director Jim Morrison confirmed plans for the similarly sized and similarly priced models to become one when they reach the end of their lifecycles.

“Yes, those two models will become one,” he said when asked about the way the future line-up will look.

“That’ll be the Compatriot,” he chuckled.

That name – a combination of Compass and Patriot – may be catchy, but despite its possible implementation as the new model name, Morrison said it’s just a fun name for the replacement compact SUV that will fill the gap between the 4.23-metre long Renegade and the larger Cherokee (4.62m). The current cars span 4.42m (Patriot) and 4.46m (Compass).

Jeep Patriot

The new model is still some time away, as Morrison indicated the Compass and Patriot still have a part to play in the Jeep line-up for the coming years – indeed, it isn’t expected to be revealed until 2016, possibly not going on sale until the following year.

“No; that’s a few years down the track,” he said before agreeing to an estimated timeline of 2017-18.

As such, details are still scarce, but it is clear the brand is already working on what the new model will bring to the table when it replaces the Compass – which is sold currently with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine – and Patriot, which has the choice of 2.0-litre and 2.4-litre four-cylinder power plants.

Across the world in 2014 the Compass managed 132,000 sales, while the Patriot chalked up 122,000 sales, forming a sizable chunk of the company’s overall record figure of 1,017,000 units. That figure was up 39 per cent on 2013.

With both of those vehicles and the new Renegade now on sale (and predicted to sell in similar numbers), Jeep is once again predicting a record number of sales for 2015.