Text: Anton Andres / Photos: CarPix for Autoindustriya.com | posted June 17, 2016 18:47
New model to ride on stretched Fiat platform
With the current Jeep Compass reaching its tenth year in production, the automaker is ready to retire the long-serving model this year. The latest spy shots sent to us sees Jeep in the middle of testing an all-new C-Segment crossover that will face off against the likes of the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV.
While the camouflage conceals the car's exterior details, one can expect Jeep's signature seven-slat grille to make an appearance in the yet to be named crossover. Looking at the shape of the body, it would appear that it sheds the current model's angular exterior.
Upon closer inspection, it would appear it will get headlights inspired by the Grand Cherokee and tail lights similar to the Cherokee. The front end of the car also appears to be rounder when compared to the outgoing model.
Spy photographers were also able to take a glimpse inside. Still partially covered, one can see the trapezoidal aircon vents and Chrysler's UConnect infortainment system on the center console. The driver's side features a thick-rimmed steering wheel and hooded dials.
The new Jeep crossover will be riding on a stretched, and widened version of the Fiat 500X chassis. Once in production, this model will be slotted in between the Renegade and Cherokee. At the time of writing, it is yet unknown if this Jeep will be called the Compass, Patriot or have a new name altogether.
Its engine lineup has yet to be confirmed but one engine that is said to be slated for Jeep's crossover is a new four-cylinder engine. Called the Hurricane engine, it is an all new block that will power future FCA products.