Next-Gen Jeep Compatriot
Last week we talked about how the 2017 Jeep lineup is being condensed, and it seems that some models may disappear completely. There’s no definitive answer yet, but there’s a lot of speculation about a new model replacing the Jeep Compass and Jeep Patriot by merging the two together. The end result is a vehicle that is being referred to as the Jeep Compatriot.
Is that a Grand Cherokee?
So far all of the hearsay on the Compatriot is coming from spy photos, so we don’t know many specifics, but many sources agree that the new Jeep Compatriot has taken several styling cues from the Jeep Grand Cherokee. The front end is tall and sleek, ending at a thin grille, similar to the Grand Cherokee and clad in chrome trim. Another similar feature is the headlights and LED daytime lights.
The roof has also received a shift in design; not only does it look a little lower in comparison to the two models it’s meant to replace, but it’s in all black, a new style choice for Jeep. A new 4×4 platform, or a variation of the platform used on the Renegade may come into play for the new Jeep as well. Ultimately, the design may look similar to the Grand Cherokee, but this new Jeep will be riding in a class of its own.
The Jeep Compatriot
Many sources are guessing at the engine choice(s) if the Compatriot does indeed take some foundation hints from the Renegade. There’s the possibility of a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four engine, a 2.0-liter turbodiesel, or even a 2.4-liter engine in the high-end trims. Nine-speed automatic transmission or a six-speed manual are usually the choices seen in a Jeep SUV, so that’s been all but settled.
Back in July, we discussed some of the new Jeeps coming out to play, and the Compatriot was definitely not on the list. Funny how quickly things change in the auto industry. During this time, Jeep discussed the possibility of introducing a diesel powertrain option to their upcoming Wrangler Pickup Truck, set to release in late 2018 or early 2019. It’s not a far stretch to say they could test out that option on the Compatriot too, since the model may come out in 2018 or even next year given that it is supposed to debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November.
Until then, we’ll stay on top of Jeep and news about what’s to come.