Jeep Confirms Wrangler Pickup, Replacement for Compass/Patriot


Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has confirmed Jeep will launch a Wrangler-based pickup in early 2018, as well as a new compact crossover to come next year that will replace the aging Compass and Patriot models.

The news comes courtesy of Australian car mag GoAuto, who was reporting from an FCA product round-up at the company’s proving grounds in Michigan. Jeep CEO Mike Manley said the new small utility will make its global debut in Brazil before a North American reveal at this year’s LA auto show. He also confirmed a pickup based on the next-generation Wrangler platform, possibly resembling 2005’s Gladiator concept, that will go on sale in about 18 months.

An Australian FCA rep who travelled to the U.S. for a sneak peak at the small crossover said the new model will retain either the Compass or Patriot name, but that decision hasn’t yet been made. For our part, we think Compass is a better fit with the Jeep go-anywhere philosophy.

All that said, a new Compass would likely have to be a bit bigger to properly differentiate itself from the subcompact Renegade, at which point it would then risk encroaching on the Cherokee’s turf, so we’ll be curious to see what FCA does to create a space in the Jeep line for its newest compact model.

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Chris Chase

Chris Chase

As a child, Chris spent much of his time playing with toy cars in his parents’ basement; when his mother would tell him to go play outside, he made car sounds while riding his bicycle or dug roads for his toys in the flower garden. Now he gets to indulge his obsession playing with real cars that make their own cool noises, and gets paid for it.
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  • ExBrantforder

    With the Cherokee being so small and useless now, I don’t see the need for a new Compass. Jeep isn’t a standard car company. They aren’t expected to fill every niche. Jeep fans want rugged vehicles capable of mild off-roading in stock form. The Compass and Patriot have never met that criteria. Time to eliminate them completely.

  • Steve Jamison

    It looks like a great modern version of the old Comanche pickup. I like it! How long until it is available at my local dealership?

  • drbob1

    In America, some of the least memorable cars are also the least reliable, e.g. Patriot and most of the Jeep line, yet the latter remain very popular. Consumer Reports says few vehicles are as unreliable as the Patriot and few as great at off-roading as the other Jeeps — yet 98% of their owners off-road not at all. Drivers must like the image owning a Jeep gives them. Sounds like their love affair with the gun…