Most everybody in the automotive world now wants to be a crossover (or an SUV). The pleasure of cornering at high speed seems to be long gone for the lovers of a high seating position and “go almost anywhere” (from the mall to the school to work home and vice-versa) capability. The new Jeep Compass, which we have no idea why FCA has not revealed at the Paris Motor Show, is a good example of that. It wants to be to Jeep worldwide what the Qashqai represents to Nissan in Europe. And the Japanese carmaker is already working on its midlife restyling. It will be revealed next year. According to Autopista.es, the new crossover will be heavily inspired on the Nissan Kicks. And we have no reasons to doubt it.
The Spanish website had already risked a rendering of the new model, which is very similar to the current one. The headlights are slimer, the front grille is updated to the V-Motion theme and the crossover looks a lot better. It is expected to keep most of its engines, from the 1.2-liter turbocharged petrol unit up to the 2.0-liter petrol, as well as the 2 turbodiesel options. The Qashqai is 4.37 m long, 1.80 m wide, 1.60 m tall and the wheelbase is 2.65 m. Almost the same one offered by the new Jeep Compass. We will really like to see these 2 competitors competing for the European clients’ attention. It promises to be quite a fight.