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Patriot, Compass keep going

by David Zatz on

In 2009, Chrysler showed their plans for the next five years. Mike Manley presented Jeep’s product plan; it clearly showed the Patriot and Compass being completely replaced by a brand new vehicle, based on a Fiat, in 2013, the same year that Liberty was to be replaced and Renegade launched.

Renegade will end up starting production just a year late, due, reportedly, to the decision to make it more of a Jeep than a restyled Fiat. But Compass and Patriot are still up in the air, their single replacement still a matter of rumor and speculation — and a 2015 model year has been confirmed.  The plan actually has the twins making their way into calendar year 2016, to be replaced by the 2017… what? Compass? Patriot? Compatriot? Surrey?  We will find out… in two years.

In the meantime, the Belvidere plant will keep pumping them out — and, thanks to their facelifts and conventional automatic transmissions, customers are still buying them. One matter for speculation is whether the Compass and Patriot will ever get the revised TigerShark engines; chances are, they will not.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304


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