To launch in Q3 2016 in Brazil.
New spyshots from Carplace reader, Alexandre Cantu, feature the pre-production Jeep 551 test mule with lesser camouflage. It is photographed from all angles, including a prototype parked beside a Ford EcoSport. The compact Jeep SUV will debut in Q3 2016 in the Brazilian market, as confirmed by Mike Manley, Head of Jeep.
The Jeep C-SUV is the long time successor to both the Jeep Compass and Jeep Patriot, and could be marketed with one of the two nameplates. New spyshots offer a clear insight into what we can expect from the exterior design, which adopts a contemporary and curvaceous styling along the lines of the Grand Cherokee and Cherokee, rather than the iconic boxy lines that we've seen in the Renegade and Wrangler.
The Jeep Compass/Patriot successor will be based on FCA's Small Wide platform sourced from the Renegade, and its engine lineup may include 2.0-liter Tigershark petrol and 2.0-liter MultiJet II diesel engines. Transmission options include a 6-speed manual or 9-speed automatic transmission, and an AWD system could be equipped in higher grades.
The Jeep 551 is also confirmed to launch in the Indian market, where it will be manufactured at Tata-FCA JV's plant in Ranjangaon starting 2017.