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The crossover that will replace both the Jeep Compass and Jeep Patriot has been spied again. This time around the photographers managed to snag some photos of the new car’s interior.

This latest prototype has a smidgen less camouflage than earlier versions. Despite the profusion of swirls, we can see that the new SUV will have crisp character lines along the flanks, with bulges emphasising its wheel arches.

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Up front, the headlight and grille layout should be more traditional than the controversial setup on the Cherokee. At the rear, the prototype seems to feature a stepped version of the tail-lights used on the Cherokee.

On the inside, the new car has the same design theme as the larger Cherokee and Grand Cherokee. In the centre of the dashboard is a large touchscreen display flanked by vertical air vents, and underscored by the air conditioning system controls.

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Platform-wise, the new crossover is said to be based on a longer and, possibly, wider version of the underpinnings used by the Jeep Renegade and Fiat 500X.

The as-yet-unnamed SUV will be around the same size as today’s Compass and Patriot twins, which measure around 4.4 metres long. This will place it firmly between the 4230mm Renegade and the 4623mm Cherokee.

Referred to internally as the Compatriot, it’s unknown, at this stage, whether the new SUV will wear Compass or Patriot badges, or something else besides. Stylistically speaking, the car seen here seems to continue on from today’s Compass, while the smaller Renegade looks like a spiritual successor to the boxier Patriot.

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Australia

CarAdvice learnt at this year’s New York auto show that the new SUV will make its global debut around August 2016. This means that it won’t arrive in local showrooms until 2017.

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