The 2014 Jeep Compass adopts a style more in keeping with "big brother" Grand Cherokee.
A quick search of the web reveals a wide range of opinions about what Jeep has in store for its two smallest models, the Compass and Patriot. And there’s good reason. They’re actually two takes on the same platform, one designed to look like a fairly conventional SUV, the other a crossover.
Contrary to some forecasts that the one or both models would vanish or be replaced by the 2014 model-year, it seems they’re due to stick around, at least for now. But the changes being revealed at this year’s North American International Auto Show would suggest that the Jeep Compass is the most likely to remain in the line-up long-term.
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“We knew that Compass and Patriot needed work to take them into the future,” explains the brand’s chief executive Michael Manley.
Both undergo some notable changes for 2014, and they will share a new PowerTech 6-speed automatic gearbox that replaces the previous CVT transmission, and which will help the two compact crossovers achieve an EPA-rated 30 miles per gallon on the highway.