Jeep Compass revealed in Brazil
Jeep’s Nissan Qashqai rival arrives in Europe in the second half of next year, and will be shown at the LA Auto Show
Jeep’s all-new Compass has been revealed in Brazil, ahead of its public debut in the US in November.
The reveal celebrated the start of production of the new Compass at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Jeep Assembly Plan in the Brazilian city of Goiana.
Few details about the car have yet been released – expect to see those at the vehicle’s North American introduction at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November.
What we do know is that the Compass is based on a stretched version of the platform that underpins the Jeep Renegade and Fiat 500X, and will provide a new option to customers considering the likes of the Ford Kuga, Nissan Qashqai, Volkswagen Tiguan and Seat Ateca. Styling is very much influenced by the latest Grand Cherokee, both inside and out. Expect both front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive variants to be made available.
The Compass will be sold in more than 100 countries around the world, and Jeep is promising 17 powertrain options for customers. Fuel efficiency is a high priority in those options, but Jeep says the Compass will still feature best-in-class 4×4 off-road capability, as well as “open-air freedom”, which is likely to mean a sunroof.
The Compass will go on sale in North America in the first quarter of 2017, and will be available in Europe in the second half of next year. Don’t be surprised if it crops up at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2017, although its presence has yet been confirmed.