As The Sleuth heard some time ago, the name chosen to replace the Jeep Patriot and Compass compact-wagon duo is . . . Compass. Although the junior Jeep’s styling (especially the rear roof pillar) is unique, the grille has a decidedly Jeep Grand Cherokee look to it. The sole engine is a 180-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder, while a variety of transmissions (including a six-speed manual) will be used, depending on the model and whether you choose front- or four-wheel-drive. As with the larger Cherokee, the Compass will come in a off-road-capable Trailhawk model with more ground clearance, underbody protection and a duel-range four-wheel-drive system. The second-generation Compass will arrive by the spring.

Off-road capability will of course be a Compass priority, but most customers will be more interested in build quality, interior materials, safety and styling. Will the new Compass deliver? (PHOTO: JEEP)

New Compass points the way for smaller Jeep: