It’s a good thing we weren’t holding our breath for the unveiling of the next-generation of Jeep’s compact SUV at the New York motor show last week. The replacement for the Compass and Patriot was a no show at the event, but word on the street is we’ll see it released in the second half of this year with a world premiere in Brazil.

While there’s been no official unveiling, the compact SUV has been spied with several pics flurrying the internet. It’s expected the new Compass/Patriot Jeep will be a longer version of the Jeep Renegade, sitting somewhere between the baby Jeep and the Jeep Cherokee. No doubt it’ll measure in close to the current Compass and Patriot which sit at 4.4metres long.

We probably won’t see the new Jeep SUV here until 2017, but we are expecting the Compass and Patriot name to disappear as Jeep merges these two popular SUVs, which account for 25 per cent of the brand’s global volume.