Editor's note: This report has been corrected to reflect that the six-speed manual is available on certain trims in both 4x2 and 4x4 configurations.
DETROIT -- The redesigned 2018 Jeep Compass, due in U.S. dealerships next year, will offer a new off-road-ready trim level but largely keep its styling cues cribbed from the larger Jeep Grand Cherokee.
The next-generation Compass -- to be built for North America in Mexico instead of its current home in Illinois -- replaces both the existing Compass and the Jeep Patriot in the brand's U.S. lineup. Pricing was not announced.
Like the Jeep Renegade, with which it shares a platform, the redesigned Compass will have a new top-end Trailhawk trim level with added capability off-road.
The Compass will be powered by a 2.4-liter I-4 engine mated to either a nine- or six-speed automatic transmission, depending on its configuration. A six-speed manual also will be available. The Compass will be equipped with stop-start technology to improve fuel economy, which is expected to be about 30 mpg highway.
Inside, the Compass will feature one of four optional Uconnect infotainment systems, including the 8.4-inch touch-screen system available elsewhere in Fiat Chrysler's lineup.
The crossover also will, for the first time, have an optional dual-pane sunroof.