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Auburn Hills — Jeep’s next-generation 2017 Compass has begun to reach dealerships in the U.S.

Mike Manley, head of Jeep brand for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, said the first of the new models manufactured in Mexico have arrived.

“They’ve started to roll out,” he told reporters during an event at the Chrysler Tech Center on Thursday. “About 100 reached dealers at the end of last week.”

The new compact SUV has been redesigned to eventually be sold in 100 countries around the world. It’s part of Fiat Chrysler’s attempt to capitalize in growing interest in smaller scale utilities.

In the U.S., the Compass will be powered by a 2.4-liter Tigershark inline four-cylinder engine, and be available with six-speed transmissions in both the front- and four-wheel drive iterations.

Manley said Jeep expects to roll out its advertising campaign for the Compass in early May.

Another highly anticipated offering is the return of the Jeep Wrangler. Manley described the model as “on track for the end of the year,” but it is unclear where Jeep will unveil the vehicle.

Asked if might not be until the Los Angeles Auto Show in December, Manley joked “If I wait that long, engineers will probably lynch me.”

JLynch@detroitnews.com

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