Patriot Name is Truly Dead as Fiat Chrysler Unveils 2017 Jeep Compass

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
patriot name is truly dead as fiat chrysler unveils 2017 jeep compass

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has released the first official images of the 2017 Jeep Compass, the solitary model replacing both the original Compass and its slab-sided Patriot compatriot.

Say goodbye to the flag-waving Patriot name, as this is a world model, and global Jeep customers are more familiar with the Compass name. Fittingly, the small SUV’s coming out party was held at its Goiana, Brazil assembly plant.

Riding atop a stretched version of the Fiat Small-Wide platform found in the smaller Renegade, the Compass replaces two endlessly derided vehicles that sold amazingly well, especially over the last two years.

Buyers flocked to the low price and visual Jeepiness of those models, and FCA wants global customers to continue that trend with the twins’ solitary replacement. Production has already begun in Brazil, but American buyers will source their models from Mexico.

Images aside, Jeep remains tight-lipped about what powertrains we can expect in North America. Those details will have to wait until the model’s domestic debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November. Jeep did say that the Compass offers “17 fuel-efficient powertrain options for consumers in more than 100 countries around the world,” so start guessing.

The automaker’s stalwart 2.4-liter four-cylinder matched with a nine-speed automatic seems the most obvious choice for a North American volume model, but there are other four-cylinders that Jeep could toss into the mix. That includes the turbocharged 2.0-liter “Hurricane” four bound for the 2018 Wrangler.

The company claims the Compass offers “best-in-class 4×4 off-road capability,” so it’s safe to say you’ll see a few “Trail Rated” badges when the model hits dealer lots in the first quarter of 2017.

[Images: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles]

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  • Old Man Pants Old Man Pants on Sep 27, 2016

    Slittier and slittier windows? Go die in a hole, Jeeparoni.

  • Kato Kato on Sep 28, 2016

    Agree it's better looking than the Cherokee, Renegade, and Compatriot, however that bar is not set very high. Let's see, 4-cyl transverse engine, no manual and no low-range. Pass. I want this styling, a 3.2L longitudinal Pentastar, low range, and a manual. It'll never happen though 'cause this thing will probably sell very well if they keep the price reasonable. The recipe for sales success is decent styling and an affordable price. Guess the number of buyers that actually care about capability are not significant.

  • Max So GM will be making TESLAS in the future. YEA They really shouldn’t be taking cues from Elon musk. Tesla is just about to be over.
  • Malcolm It's not that commenters attack Tesla, musk has brought it on the company. The delivery of the first semi was half loaded in 70 degree weather hauling potato chips for frito lay. No company underutilizes their loads like this. Musk shouted at the world "look at us". Freightliners e-cascads has been delivering loads for 6-8 months before Tesla delivered one semi. What commenters are asking "What's the actual usable range when in say Leadville when its blowing snow and -20F outside with a full trailer?
  • Funky D I despise Google for a whole host of reasons. So why on earth would I willing spend a large amount of $ on a car that will force Google spyware on me.The only connectivity to the world I will put up with is through my phone, which at least gives me the option of turning it off or disconnecting it from the car should I choose to.No CarPlay, no sale.
  • William I think it's important to understand the factors that made GM as big as it once was and would like to be today. Let's roll back to 1965, or even before that. GM was the biggest of the Big Three. It's main competition was Ford and Chrysler, as well as it's own 5 brands competing with themselves. The import competition was all but non existent. Volkswagen was the most popular imported cars at the time. So GM had its successful 5 brands, and very little competition compared to today's market. GM was big, huge in fact. It was diversified into many other lines of business, from trains to information data processing (EDS). Again GM was huge. But being huge didn't make it better. There are many examples of GM not building the best cars they could, it's no surprise that they were building cars to maximize their profits, not to be the best built cars on the road, the closest brand to achieve that status was Cadillac. Anyone who owned a Cadillac knew it could have been a much higher level of quality than it was. It had a higher level of engineering and design features compared to it's competition. But as my Godfather used to say "how good is good?" Being as good as your competitors, isn't being as good as you could be. So, today GM does not hold 50% of the automotive market as it once did, and because of a multitude of reasons it never will again. No matter how much it improves it's quality, market value and dealer network, based on competition alone it can't have a 50% market share again. It has only 3 of its original 5 brands, and there are too many strong competitors taking pieces of the market share. So that says it's playing in a different game, therfore there's a whole new normal to use as a baseline than before. GM has to continue downsizing to fit into today's market. It can still be big, but in a different game and scale. The new normal will never be the same scale it once was as compared to the now "worlds" automotive industry. Just like how the US railroad industry had to reinvent its self to meet the changing transportation industry, and IBM has had to reinvent its self to play in the ever changing Information Technology industry it finds it's self in. IBM was once the industry leader, now it has to scale it's self down to remain in the industry it created. GM is in the same place that the railroads, IBM and other big companies like AT&T and Standard Oil have found themselves in. It seems like being the industry leader is always followed by having to reinvent it's self to just remain viable. It's part of the business cycle. GM, it's time you accept your fate, not dead, but not huge either.
  • Tassos The Euro spec Taurus is the US spec Ford FUSION.Very few buyers care to see it here. FOrd has stopped making the Fusion long agoWake us when you have some interesting news to report.