2017 Jeep Compass, Patriot prototype spotted testing on the streets – but will they get it right this time?
Attention Mr Mike Manley
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
I was a Jeep dealer for thirteen years and In that time I saw designs that were brilliant and others that were so ho-hum that it almost made me cry.
Jeep Patriot and Jeep Compass were just 2 of them. Patriot took its cue from Jeeps of old, but missed the shot, while Compass looked great from a front three-quarter viewpoint but downright ‘fugly’ from the side. My first impression of this spy shot appearing in www.indianautoblog.com shows me a progression of the compass design – with a hint of Hyundai IX35 (didn’t Hyundai just kill that off?) or Lexus 330.
Mike, believe me, it will all come down to the engine and transmission options that you guys at Fiat Chrysler throw at this. If I’m giving Mike Manly any advice, it would be to stay away from the 9-speed auto and do a better job of refinement on the 2.4 engine.
And Mike, go back to the early Sergio days when the great man stopped production of the all-new Grand Cherokee because he didn’t like the hard edged plastic being used around the doors and dash. Please, Mike, make this a vehicle that you and the world can be proud of – a vehicle that deserves the Jeep name rather than a reputation for good enough is ok. I want this one to be good enough to ask my wife to drive it
After all, that’s where the market is for these vehicles, at least down under.
Keep the faith Mike – Don’t Hold Back!
Jeep has been spotted test driving a prototype version of the next-gen mid-size SUV, set to replace both the Compass and Patriot. The vehicle was seen on public roads in the US.
The prototype pictured shows a more rounded body design compared with the current Compass and Patriot, with similar wheel arches as the current Cherokee, and a sporty C-pillar design.
It’s understood Jeep is down to final testing of the new model before it’s expected public debut at the New York Auto Show in March. This image, first appearing at indianautosblog, shows the vehicle is pretty much complete aside from the disorienting paintwork.
Powertrains are likely to be adopted from the smaller yet newer Renegade as opposed to being carried over from the current Compass and Patriot. This should include the 2.4-litre “Tigershark” four-cylinder that generates 129kW and 230Nm. We can also expect to see an introduction of the new nine-speed automatic transmission.
Compared with the current Compass, this prototype appears to be just as prepared for off-roading, presenting decent ground clearance and short front and rear overhangs. According to reports, it also has to replace the more heavy-duty Patriot, which could mean it will come with some clever all-terrain driving modes, at least in top-variant all-wheel drive guise.
It will be interesting to see what style of front end Jeep goes for with the new model. Will it take on the somewhat controversial theme of the current Cherokee, or will it go for a more traditional look as seen on the Renegade? These two vehicles are the company’s latest SUVs, which means the new Compass is likely to be inspired by at least one of them (or both).