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by Tim Beissmann

Fiat Chrysler executives have reportedly confirmed a new compact Jeep SUV will be unveiled early next year.

AutoExpress reports the all-new model has been “penned in” for a Geneva motor show debut in March 2016 before going on sale in 2017.

The compact SUV will replace both the Compass (below) and Patriot (above) models in Jeep’s global line-up, though AutoExpress believes the Compass name will be retained for the new model. Speaking with CarAdvice in February, Jeep director Jim Morrison referred to the new model as the “Compatriot”, though this is understood to be merely a fun internal name for the vehicle.

Whatever it’s called, the new compact SUV will fill the gap between the pint-sized Renegade and the mid-sized Cherokee in the range, targeting the likes of the Nissan Qashqai and Skoda Yeti.

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Taking advantage of its larger and smaller siblings, the Compass/Patriot successor is expected to borrow engines from both the Cherokee and Renegade, while also potentially dipping into the wider Fiat Chrysler group’s powertrain pool. A 1.4-litre turbo petrol is seemingly likely, along with four-cylinder diesels ranging in size from 1.6 to 2.2 litres. As with the Cherokee and Renegade, front- and all-wheel-drive versions will be offered.

The new model was first announced more than 12 months ago when Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne and Jeep CEO Mike Manley revealed the US SUV brand’s five-year plans.

Also included in those plans was a mid-cycle update for the Cherokee in 2016, a refresh for the Renegade and all-new versions of the Grand Cherokee and Wrangler in 2017, and the seven-seat Grand Wagoneer in 2018.

In May, Marchionne additionally confirmed the brand was working on a luxury Range Rover rival to sit above the Grand Wagoneer.




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