Last month, Jeep CEO Mike Manley told Automotive News that the new Compass will outsell the popular Renegade globally and if the Brazil sales figures are any indication, Manley’s expectation may come true.
The new Compass went on sale in Brazil near the beginning of last month and already, it has become the segment leader by outselling the likes of the Hyundai ix35/Tucson, Kia Sportage, Audi Q3 and BMW X1. U.S.-based FCA spokesman Ariel Gavilan gave WardsAuto some hard numbers and in November alone, Jeep sold 2,537 Compasses, “almost five times more than the closest competitor in the segment.”
Among SUVS and CUVs in the National Federation of Automotive Distributors rankings, the Compass sits in fourth place behind the Honda HR-V, Jeep Renegade and Renault Duster. That’s not bad at all and maybe it’ll move up to second place if Compass sales do end up surpassing the Renegade’s.
Ultimately, Jeep wants to make the Compass available in more than 100 countries including the United States and Europe. Those in the States will get the 180 hp, 2.4-liter Tigershark four-cylinder engine with a choice of three transmission options and it should go on sale in the first quarter of 2017.
The Compass “has every opportunity to be the biggest-selling Jeep ever," said Manley.