Spied: 2014 Jeep Compass/Patriot Mule
New Compact SUV Will Use Variation of Dodge Dart Platform
Chrysler's steady product improvement strategy continues with the help of Italian parent company Fiat. We caught this test mule of the upcoming replacement to the long-in-the-tooth Jeep Compass and Patriot. Although the sheetmetal of this test mule is that of a chopped and hacked Alfa Romeo Giulietta, it's not indicative of what the production Jeep model will look like.
The Compass/Patriot replacement -- as well as the replacement for the larger Liberty -- will ride on a version of Chrysler's new CUSW platform, itself a variation of the Fiat corporate C-Evo platform that underpins the Giulietta.
At this point, no one knows what the name of the new Jeep will be, but Fiat/Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne has confirmed the Compass name would not carry on. A single model will replace both the Compass and Patriot.
In terms of engines, four-cylinders are expected to power the smaller Jeep, with the larger Liberty replacement getting the new 3.2-liter variant of the Pentastar V-6. The Dart's 1.4-liter MultiAir turbo and Tigershark 2.4-liter naturally-aspirated engines will likely be among the offerings. In terms of transmissions, expect the ZF-licensed nine-speed automatic (already announced for the Liberty replacement) to be offered in the smaller model as well.