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.