Jeep is in the process of developing a new generation of its C-segment crossover. According to rumor mills, the new 2017 Jeep CUV will replace the aging Jeep Compass and Patriot. There are scarce details about the model as of this writing but according to the spy shots we have, the new model looks more advanced than either the Compass or the Patriot.
We expect the new crossover SUV to come with a new powertrain, a modern interior and a lighter body as a result of use of lightweight materials in its construction. It is still not clear what name tag the crossover will carry with some rumors advancing either the Compass or patriot name with others saying that the automaker will use a new nomenclature.
Jeep is hoping to achieve similar success with the C-Class segment as it has achieved with the Renegade in the C-segment. The new 2017 Jeep CUV is meant to eliminate the redundancy of the current models and introduce a fresh and streamlined face.
2017 Jeep CUV Exterior
The new 2017 Jeep CUV will likely ride on a similar platform as the renegade but it will be stretched and widened to fit the CUV’s bigger body.
The mule undergoing testing was under heavy camouflage, so, only a few features are clear. Its new profile features rounded nose that looks like that of the Land Rover LR2. The lower front fascia looks like the one on the Jeep Cherokee. Its roofline dips slightly towards the D-Pillar in a way that it does not affect the comfort of second row passengers or significantly affect cargo space.
The only visible part of the mule was the small rear window on the tailgate. The rear also features plastic fender flairs which mean the model will be equipped for off-road terrain. Its break-over as well as departure angles also hint at its off-road capability. Higher trims will feature radar cruise control which is evidenced by the radar cruise control eye place low on the right side of the front bumper.
2017 Jeep CUV Interior
The interior is still a mystery. However, we expect the interior to be modern with high quality materials. Its seats will be comfortable and will have position settings. At the front, we expect a center console with a new design language along with new technological features.
Other features will include an updated infotainment system, audio system, Smartphone integration, Bluetooth connectivity, USB ports among others. The vehicle will also feature a number of driving aids to improve is safety offering. We will give more updates once we have clearer shots.
According to rumors, the new Jeep will feature a new powertrain. The unit being fronted is a direct-injected 2.0 L, turbocharged 4-cylinder which is christened “Hurricane”. The automaker is yet to reveal the engine’s output and fuel consumption details.
However, we believe the engine will have an output of between 160 hp and 185 hp and between 148 lb-ft of torque and 171 lb-ft of torque. The vehicle will be offered in FWD as standard with a 6-speed manual transmission. It is likely that FCA will offer an optional 4WD to help it in rough terrains but it is not clear which 4WD system it will use considering the automaker has a number of them. The automaker could even develop a new system for the new CUV. The 4WD system will be paired with ZF’s 9-speed automatic system.
Price and release date
Just as with the other specs, price and release date details are yet to be released by Jeep. However, we believe the model will be released in the second half of 2016 as a 2017 model year vehicle. The new Jeep price will fall between the Renegade and Cherokee whose prices starts at $ 17,990 and $23,395. So expect the CUV to start at around $ 18, 500.
Top rivals of the new C-segment Jeep will be the Honda HR-V and Subaru XV CrossTrek.