In recent news, it has been revealed that the next-generation Jeep® Compass could potentially be manufactured at the Stellantis Melfi Assembly Plant in Italy. This move signifies a significant development as it would mark the fifth model to be produced at the facility, surpassing the original production plans. The Stellantis CEO, Carlos Tavares, confirmed this information after a meeting with the Italian Minister of Business and Made in Italy, Adolfo Urso.
The Melfi Assembly Plant is already scheduled to produce a new Opel model, rumored to be the Opel Manta, and a model from an Italian company that is speculated to be the new Lancia Gamma. Additionally, two premium models, potentially from DS Automobiles, are also planned for production at the facility. The recent revelation suggests that the new Jeep Compass will be the fifth and final model to be manufactured in Melfi in the coming years.
Sources close to Stellantis, as reported by Reuters, have indicated that the new Jeep Compass will be an evolution of the current Compass C-segment UV produced by the Franco-Italian group in Melfi. This implies that the future generation of the vehicle will continue to be manufactured on Italian soil for the European market. The Stellantis CEO is expected to officially announce the future production line for Melfi later this month, as part of an ongoing agreement with the Italian government.
Production of the new models based on the STLA Medium architecture is projected to commence in Melfi in 2024. Presently, the Melfi Assembly Plant manufactures both the Jeep Renegade and Compass, as well as, the Fiat 500X. The anticipated release of the new Jeep Compass is estimated to be around 2025 or 2026.
The Compass holds a significant place in the brand’s lineup on the global market. The current generation, which was launched in 2016, as a 2017 model, and recieved a facelift in 2021, offers a number of various engine options, including gasoline, diesel, plug-in hybrid (PHEV), and light hybrid (HEV) variants.