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Jeep reveals all-new Compass SUV

New rival to Qashqai and Tiguan due in late 2017.

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Jeep has revealed its all-new Compass SUV in Brazil, ahead of the model’s official unveiling at the Los Angeles motor show in November.

The model, which is expected to provide the brand with a rival to big-selling models such as the Nissan Qashqai and Volkswagen Tiguan, will go on sale in the USA first, before a European launch in the second half of 2017. Industry speculation suggests it will make its European debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

Very few details of the Compass have yet been released, Jeep merely saying that it will be offered with “17 fuel-efficient powertrain options” to suit customers in more than 100 global markets.

It is also described as “the most capable compact SUV” ever, its makers saying that it will include class-leading off-road ability, superior on-road driving dynamics and a host of safety and advanced technology offerings.

Photos issued of the new model, celebrating the start of production at FCA’s Jeep Assembly Plant in Pernambuco, Brazil, suggest that its styling follows that of its larger sister the Grand Cherokee, both in terms of the exterior visuals and interior layout.

The new Jeep will be built on an extended version of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles platform also used for the Jeep Renegade and Fiat 500X.

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Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is a road test editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.