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Camouflaged Jeep Compatriot Prototype Spied in Michigan

Jeep hasn’t said when new model will be revealed

Jeep hasn’t said when new model will be revealed

A prototype for the upcoming replacement for the Jeep Compass and Patriot models was spotted on I-75 just south of Detroit by Motor Trend technical director Frank Markus. Internally codenamed as the C-SUV, Markus dubbed the new model the “Compatriot.”

The new crossover rides on a stretched version of the chassis that underpins the subcompact Jeep Renegade, and will slot between that baby SUV and the compact Jeep Cherokee. Unlike the Renegade and Cherokee, the new Compatriot will have more traditional Jeep styling. From these new spy shots, the front grille and headlights remind us of the larger Jeep Grand Cherokee as does the overall vehicle profile. Other traditional Jeep characteristics include well-defined wheel arches and prominent taillights.

One possible engine option could include the turbo 2.0-liter Hurricane I-4 spied in the next-generation Jeep Wrangler mule. Unlike the Wrangler, the engine in the new model would likely be adapted for a transverse layout and be mated to either a nine-speed automatic and a six-speed manual. Jeep hasn’t said when it will reveal the new Compatriot, but we expect it to arrive sometime later this year as a 2017 model-year vehicle.