Some of Jeep’s newest offerings are its subcompact Renegade and mid-size Cherokee, but the model that slots in between those two, the Compass, has been with us in its current iteration since the 2007 model year. That said, it’s no surprise that a replacement for the Compass is on its way, and Motor Trend photographers recently caught the new mystery Jeep out testing for the first time.
The general shape and outline of the Compass successor is similar to that of the Cherokee, with rearward sloping roofline and a high beltline. The headlights are more akin to the Grand Cherokee’s, however, and it looks as though the grille will be more traditionally Jeep than the Cherokee’s is.
Underpinning the new Jeep model will be a larger version of the Small US Wide 4×4 architecture employed in the Fiat 500x crossover and Jeep Renegade. Power is expected to come from a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, which could be connected to Fiat Chrysler’s nine-speed ZF automatic transmission.
More info on this new mystery Jeep should surface in coming months. For now, check out the spy photos over on Motor Trend.