JEEP COMPASS – WHERE WILL IT BE BUILT?
Aussie-bound Jeep 551 front and rear – Rendering
Jeep is set to introduce a new compact crossover later this year, the successor to the Jeep Patriot or Jeep Compass. The new compact crossover (codename: Jeep 551) was spotted testing under a modified Jeep Renegade body and now is being driven in the production body, as seen in this recent spy shot.
The Jeep 551 reportedly will be called either the Jeep Patriot or the Jeep Compass but not both as in the previous model
Based on the production mules, a speculative rendering from Brazilian site AutoEsporte previews the design of the compact Jeep. From the outside, the Jeep 551 looks very similar to the Jeep Grand Cherokee, and the familiar design can be expected for the interior too.
Based on a modified version of the Fiat 500X and Jeep Renegade’s small-wide front-wheel drive platform, the Jeep 551 will be one of Jeep’s most globally-focused models as it will be available on right-hand drive and left-hand drive versions. It’s said to be offered with two engine choices: ~164 hp 2.0-liter Tigershark petrol and ~170 hp 2.0-liter MultiJet II diesel. 6-speed manual transmission should be standard, while a 9-speed automatic transmission may be offered moving up the range.
The Jeep 551 will be based on a modified version of the Jeep Renegade’s small-wide front-wheel drive platform.