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New Jeep Patriot / Compass replacementPosted On March 21, 2016
We’ve known for a while now that combined efforts of the recently joined Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) would result in some interesting design and development shifts – among them we have already seen the release of the collaboratively-developed Jeep Renegade and Fiat 500X. These vehicles mark the first of many changes – with all indications that they will be positive changes – in store for the numerous brands under this large corporate umbrella.
When the announcements for the Renegade and 500X went public FCA was already offering hints that they were planning to use the same platform to produce at least two more vehicles for the Jeep and Fiat brands.
So what are we expecting?
On the Jeep side, the logical spot for this new vehicle to be placed would fit between the Renegade and the Cherokee, with the knowledge that the Compass and the Patriot will not be receiving follow-ups to their current generations – we can say this with some real confidence.
One model will be taking on the mantle set by the Compass and Patriot lines – which makes sense, given the fact that, originally, Jeep had intended either the Compass or the Patriot to move to production – not both. When they tested the models, however, they found that different driving demographics responded to both and, as a result, moved both into full development.
With the 75th anniversary editions already being praised for their call-backs to Jeep products way back to when it was still a military vehicle, you can be sure that there’s a lot of impressive options available for brand enthusiasts this year.
Jeep hasn’t made any official announcements on the name of this replacement, though, we have been assured that the Renegade, Wrangler, Cherokee, and Grand Cherokee will continue production through to at least 2018, based on press documents released by Jeep brand CEO Mike Manley.
What else do fans have to look forward to?
According to the graph, we can expect mid-cycle refreshes for the Renegade by 2017, a refresh on the Cherokee this year (similar to the one the Grand Cherokee received in 2015) and launches of a new Grand Wagoneer in 2018.
Whether the naming convention for the Grand Wagoner is anything more than a callback to the original Wagoneer model produced from 1963 – 1991, or the 1993 “Grand” Wagooner we can’t be sure. However, given the fact that we have the Cherokee and the Grand Cherokee as options across the Jeep family, it’s not too far of a speculation that the replacement for the Compass and Patriot may carry a similar premise.
We’ll keep you updated and report when more information becomes available about the latest Jeep products – if you have questions, reach out to the team at Big Lakes Dodge and we’ll be happy to assist you!