By: IOL Motoring Staff

Jeep has released the first pictures of its all-new Compass and rather than mimicking the Renegade's boxy ways, the newcomer follows the sleeker design language of its Cherokee and Grand Cherokee brothers.

Jeep hasn't detailed any of the specifications yet, but has stated that it will offer 17 different powertrain options, depending on the market, and it will be a truly global player with Jeep planning to sell it in over 100 countries. We're currently awaiting word on Jeep South Africa's local plans for the compact SUV.

Though it might look softer than its smaller Renegade sibling, Jeep is promising that the new Compass will offer best-in-class off-road ability, however if the rest of Jeep's line-up is anything to go by then that brag will likely be limited to range-topping Trailhawk versions, while the more affordable and mainstream models will inevitably be front-wheel-driven curb hoppers.

Expect the Compass to slot between the Renegade and Cherokee in Jeep's size and price hierarchy, with engines choices likely to include FCA's turbo-charged 1.4-litre and normally aspirated 2.4-litre units.

More pictures and details will be released when the Compass makes its way to the Los Angeles motor show in November ahead of its going on sale in North America during the first quarter of next year.

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