The project 551 has been developed and tested in Brazil and its world presentation is also expected to happen in this country. The image above is one more evidence of that. The car has been photographed with no disguises in a hotel in São Paulo by our friends of Autoo, where it was probably being shot for advertising purposes. The name of the car cannot be seen on the pictures, but the author of the images, Ricardo Meier, has assured us the final name is Compass, as he has read it on the driver door (a formerly reliable source told us it will not be Compass, for sure; it is not reliable anymore…). Check below the rear of the vehicle.
Mind the chromed detail that separates the body and the C-pillars from the rear window and from the roof, which is painted in black in this unit of the Limited version. This may be a feature of the new crossover, which is built over the same platform used by the Jeep Renegade and the Fiat Toro, called SUSW. The chromed bar extends until the end of the A-pillars.
The new Compass will present a powerplant that will be known as 2.0 WGE (World Gasoline Engine), with shared roots with the TigerShark, that will generate 117 kW. In Brazil, it will be a flex engine, generating 121 kW with ethanol. The 2.0 WGE will probably be also adopted by the Renegade that is manufactured in Goiana, Brazil. The USA model will probably be produced at the Mirafiori plant in Italy, where the Renegade and the 500X are already produced. Another option is the Toluca plant, in Mexico.
The 2.0 MultiJet turbodiesel engine, able to produce 125 kW, will also be offered. In some markets, expect to see a 2.4 WGE engine. The only transmission available will probably be the 9-speed ZF gearbox already employed by the Renegade, a way to distinguish both besides their length. While the Renegade is 4.23 m long, the new Compass is said to be around 4.40 m, according to AlVolante.it, which has created a pretty accurate rendering some weeks ago.
The new Compass is evidently a sort of smaller scale Jeep Grand Cherokee. A recent scoop from Autos Segredos has shown us the car interior and some other interesting info. It will have 17-inch wheels and 225/60 R17 tires, for example. As we have anticipated, we strongly believe it will be presented at the Paris Motor Show. We hope to have more to tell you about it really soon. Visit Autoo to see more picture of the car. And, in case you speak Portuguese, or can count on a good translator, also to read their article about the new C-segment crossover.