Brazil – not the U.S. – will be the first place to see Jeep’s newest SUV when it debuts later this year.
Automotive News reports the SUV due to replace the Compass and Patriot will be unmasked in Brazil during the third quarter of this year, before it debuts in the U.S. later in the fall. This is according to Jeep brand head Mike Manley.
Jeep is expected to assemble the new SUV in several of its plants across the globe, including one in Pernambuco, Brazil.
Separately, Automotive News also reports that the SUV, dubbed the Compatriot, will be assembled for North America in Toluca, Mexico. The Compass and Patriot were both assembled in Belvidere, Ill.
Production on the pilot model is expected to start next month in Toluca. That’s also where FCA builds the Dodge Journey and Fiat 500. Full production won’t start until February 2017.
Spy photos don’t appear to show any major changes to Jeep styling.