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The crossover was originally scheduled to bow at the New York show.

Jeep recently announced plans to introduce a replacement for the Compass and the Patriot during the New York Auto Show, but the crossover was nowhere to be seen at the Javits Center. Company boss Mike Manley has confirmed the model's unveiling has been delayed.

"We decided to launch the new C [segment] SUV in Brazil. It'll be the first plant that gets the global vehicle, so no delays — it's on track," explained the executive in an interview with Australian website Motoring.

Manley added Jeep won't introduce the crossover -- which will retain either the Compass or the Patriot nameplate -- until later this year. His comments suggest we'll see the new Compass/Patriot in the metal for the first time at the Sao Paulo Motor Show that will open its doors to the press on November 8th. It'll make its North American debut a couple of weeks later at the Los Angeles Motor Show.

Positioned between the Renegade and the Cherokee, the Compass/Patriot is expected to use a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine bolted to either a six-speed manual transmission or an optional nine-speed automatic unit. It will ride on an evolution of the architecture that underpins the Renegade, and recent spy shots suggest its front fascia will borrow a handful of styling cues from the range-topping Grand Cherokee.

Look for Jeep's next Compass/Patriot to go on sale in early 2017, likely as a 2018 model.