The all new Jeep Compass broke cover in the Amazon jungle, ahead of its planned North American debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show in mid-November.
The occasion was the celebration of the start of production in Goiana, Pernambuco, on the easternmost tip of Brazil — about 2,500 km northeast of Rio de Janeiro, and actually about 2,000 km east of the edge of the Amazon Rainforest.
The new Fiat Chrysler Automobile (FCA) facility will export Compasses to 100 countries, producing the sport utility vehicles with 17 powertrain options to suit the individual worldwide markets. North American production will be sourced out of Toluca, Mexico, moving from Belvidere, Ohio (which will build the new Cherokee displaced from Toledo, Ohio with the expansion of Wrangler production).
Common features include Jeep’s legendary 4x4 drivetrains for what Jeep claims is best-in-class off-road capability in combination with superior on-pavement driving dynamics and a host of safety and advanced technology features.
Not much is known about the vehicle, ahead of its LA Show debut, but we can tell from pictures that the new look is closer in presentation to that of its mid-sized Grand Cherokee sibling, front and rear, with the interior appearing closer to that of the sub-compact Renegade. The rear doors are now equipped with traditional exterior handles (the current generation has the door handles integrated into the trailing edge of the side window)
Although Compass is entering its 10 year of production, the new vehicle will be only the brand’s second generation (having gone through a couple of cosmetic refreshes over its first decade of existence). The Compass will also lose its Patriot fraternal twin, as FCA makes Compass its class champion.
The 2017 Compass will available in North America first, in the first quarter of the new year, with sales in other markets (most notably Europe, Africa and the Middle East) starting in the second quarter.