Will Jeep Sell the 2017 Compass and Patriot Alongside Replacement?
“ComPatriot” Goes on Sale in Early 2017
Various sources are claiming Jeep will sell the Compass and Patriot compact SUVs alongside their single-model replacement through the 2017 model year.
According to Automotive News, the Compass and Patriot will end production at their Belvidere, Illinois, facility in December, extending sales of the inexpensive crossovers into 2017. Meanwhile, the as-yet-unnamed replacement (call it ComPatriot) will go into production in January 2017 at a facility in Toluca, Mexico. This means three similarly sized SUVs will be sold at Jeep dealers for at least a few months before the Compass and Patriot are phased out.
The tactic will allow Jeep to sell off its remaining stock of Compass and Patriot crossovers while production and distribution of the replacement ramps up. This means Jeep customers won’t be left in the lurch when they arrive at showrooms looking for something larger than a Renegade, but smaller than a Cherokee.
That kind of model-year, um, crossover isn’t unheard of for Jeep. When the Jeep Liberty KJ hit the market in late 2001, it shared the stable with the Cherokee XJ for a short time before that model rode off into the sunset (although at the time, Jeep promised the hotselling XJ would be sold alongside the KJ).
Of note, Automotive News claims the new Jeep compact crossover will make its official debut at an auto show in Brazil, likely the Sao Paulo International Motor Show. Jeep will also produce the cute-ute within Brazil for easier importation into Latin American countries.
Source: Automotive News