Jeep Compass/Patriot Replacement Spied, Looks Jeepier Than Recent Jeeps

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
jeep compass patriot replacement spied looks jeepier than recent jeeps

The unveiling of the Jeep Cherokee and Renegade prompted many unplanned chiropractor visits after their, erm, interesting proportions elicited neck-snapping double takes.

As the final months of Compass and Patriot production sell like discount cigarettes on a WW2 airbase, Jeep likely felt pressure to keep styling on the safe side when it came time to craft a replacement.

Well, after seeing leaked images of the model, we can report back with a quote from Dustin Hoffman in Marathon Man: “Yes, it’s safe, it’s very safe, it’s so safe you wouldn’t believe it.”

Images of the Compass/Patriot twins’ undisguised replacement have surfaced on Chinese media site Autohome, showing Americans what to expect from the (very) long-running compact SUVs.

The new design doesn’t hide the fact that this is a Jeep. Is it the Jeepiest Jeep that ever Jeeped, as TTAC’s Bark M one uttered? Of course not — that title, always and forever, belongs to the Wrangler. However, there are styling elements of existing Jeeps in the design. The Grand Cherokee’s visage is strongly echoed up front, and the lesser-than-Grand Cherokee can be seen in the rear.

While the new model (which carries the Compass name in these overseas shots but could easily adopt a new moniker in America) sits atop a Fiat-sourced platform, the body tries its best to avoid appearing un-American. This thing must replace the unabashedly blocky Patriot — a vehicle designed with a ruler and soup bowl — after all.

The automaker hasn’t said what powertrains to expect when the Jeep Insert Name Here starts production in January, but it’s a safe bet that the 2.0-liter or 2.4-liter Tigershark four-cylinder will be standard equipment. FCA’s slightly improved nine-speed automatic could find a home in the new model.

[Images: Autohome]

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  • Shaker Shaker on Sep 23, 2016

    "...Patriot sounds tougher and will appeal better to the US audience." With the "Patriot" being much more Italian than the Pope? Hmm.

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    • Shaker Shaker on Sep 23, 2016

      @RHD Heh - that's good. Never made that connection.

  • Agent534 Agent534 on Sep 23, 2016

    Lol, there are 4 CUV photos on http://www.autoo.com.br/ in the Segredos bar and they all look exactly the same. Makes the 'Jeepier Jeep' statement seem silly. As a Patriot owner I prefer its looks over the Compass, and the new design.

  • 28-Cars-Later I'm actually surprised at this and not sure what to make of it. In recent memory Senator Biden has completely ignored an ecological disaster in Ohio, and then ignored a tragic fire in Hawaii until his handlers were goaded in sending him and his visit turned into it's own disaster, but we skipped nap time for this sh!t show? Seriously? We really are through the looking glass now, "votes" no longer matter (Hillary almost won being the worst presidential candidate since 1984 before he claimed the crown) and outside of Corvette nostalgia Joe doesn't care let alone know what day it happens to be. Could they really be afraid of Trump, who AFAIK has planned no appearance or run his mouth on this issue? Just doesn't make sense, granted this is Clown World so maybe its my fault for trying to find sense in a senseless act.
  • Tassos If you only changed your series to the CORRECT "Possibly Collectible, NOT Daily Driver, NOT Used car of the day", it would sound much more accurate AND TRUTHFUL.Now who would collect THIS heap of trash for whatever misguided reason, nostalgia for a much worse automotive era or whatever, is another question.
  • ToolGuy Price dropped $500 overnight. (Wait 10 more days and you might get it for free?)
  • Slavuta Must be all planned. Increase price of cars, urbanize, 15 minutes cities. Be poor, eat bugs
  • Sid SB Not seen a Core without the performance pack yet. Prefer the more understated look of the Core vs the Circuit, but both are great fun to drive.
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