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Concept/DemonstrationNew Concept Car - The Jeep Compass
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The Jeep Compass, in its world premiere at the 2002 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, is a concept that feels at home in an urban environment while possessing the free spirit of a performance rally car. Inspired by the 1998 Jeep Jeepster concept and built on a Jeep Cherokee platform, Compass also offers a great combination of on-road dynamics and off-highway capability. Aptly named Compass, this latest Jeep concept will be pointing consumers in its segment toward tomorrow.

Chrysler Group's Pacifica Advanced Design Center in Carlsbad, California, was tasked to design a Jeep concept for "millennials," the next large, emerging group of consumers in the USA, now age 24 or younger. This group will outnumber the "Baby Boomer" generation. The Jeep brand has the third highest percentage of "definitely consider" of all brands among those buyers, as shown by the 2001 Vehicle Experience Study.

"Millennials are looking for an authentic, affordable vehicle to carry their friends and gear," said Trevor Creed, Senior Vice President of Design for the Chrysler Group. "They would prefer to have an exotic sports car, but those are not only out of their financial reach, but also don't offer enough room or flexibility. Knowing their preference for the Jeep brand, we created the Compass to exactly fit the bill: a capable compact SUV offering performance, cargo space and an attractive price."

Like a rally car, the two-door Jeep Compass has all-wheel drive, a short wheelbase and a low centre of gravity to hug the road. Compass features a lightweight steel "uniframe" construction and a 157 kW (210 bhp), 319 Nm (235 lb.-ft.), 3.7-litre PowerTech V-6 engine, offering ample power whether travelling on pavement, gravel, dirt or snowy city streets.

"The 'G Force Green' exterior paint is reminiscent of a military colour scheme," said Michael Castiglione, exterior designer for the Jeep Compass at Pacifica. "The exterior and interior colours convey a mature, honest integrity and are steeped in Jeep authenticity." Adds Pacifica's Jordan Meadows: "Even as the instrument panel looks like the cockpit of a fighter jet with technical dials and gauges -- and of course a compass -- we have kept the interior styling simple, uncluttered and functional."

Slot machine-style rotating controls operate all primary functions, while the gauges are reminiscent of traditional watch faces, and the air vents have classic aeronautical design. A sturdy grab handle covers the width of the instrument panel, as a visually strong "backbone" runs throughout the entire interior. This design element is mirrored by a full-length overhead console. The instrument panel features a multi-functional docking station with LCD screen.

Four bucket seats offer all occupants a command-of-the-road seating position, comfort and support. The seats are trimmed in green leather and Goretex with "G Force Green" soft touch grommets. The rear buckets fold to create a flat loading surface, executed in low-gloss stainless steel with integrated tie-downs in the side trim. True to its Jeep heritage, the interior features a moulded rubber floor. The spare tyre is incorporated into the rear hatch.

Jeep Compass conveys an expressive personality in its exterior design with details such as fender length running lights, and stainless steel brush guard and sill panels with the Jeep name. The roof features a unique diamond plate textured liner with integrated tie-downs, developed to take the abuse of any type of hauling.

"Our goal was to make the Jeep Compass rugged, durable and able to take a beating at all the typical scuff zones," Castiglione said. "You can play hard and be rough on this vehicle and its exterior holds up, giving the driver total freedom to go anywhere, do anything. After all, it is an authentic Jeep vehicle - right down to its seven-slot grille and trapezoidal wheel arches."

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: John Hermanson
I am 10 years past the targeted age group but perhaps I still have the mind of a 24 year old? I like the compass primarily because it is so different from most of what I see out on the road (which is pretty much the reason I bought a Wrangler six years ago). Unfortunately there is one problem with the Compass - it is only a concept car and will most likely not go into production.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: cjwilly
I think it's a great idea, fun little rally car. A little zip, a little room, and AWD. Just don't call a car a Jeep, bring back the Eagle brand and give it a simple name, maybe it could be the Eagle AMC?

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Xterra
I love this new jeep as soon as my lease is up on My cherokee I am going to buy one.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: looseifer
Millenials? Spare me the I'm ok you're ok fuzzy stuff. Every generation is different and better and more demanding???

This thing looks like a AMC PACER on bad steroids or better yet the butt ugly AZTEK!!

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Jeep4Life
The front end almost looks good, but the back end is straight from an Isuzu Vehicross!!!
There isn't a picture of the back of the Compass on this site, but you can see it here:

http://www.car-truck.com/chryed/buzz/b010802a.htm

Seriously... are the designers at Jeep for real? I can't believe this is the best idea they could come up with... very reminiscent of the AMC Eagle, and THAT was huge success wasn't it? (insert sarcastic pause here)

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: twonabomber
convertible Compass would be more like the Jeepster concept.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Tony
Compass is just great,but produce it now and not in 2003. when every manufacturer will have one. But please give it 4 doors even if access is not perfect. And keep the shape and interior as is.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Michael
I saw the Compass while I was at the NAIAS earlier this month. Looks even better in person. Very nice lines. But I am glad there is a wide range of opinions on it. If "plain and generic" was the way to go, we would all be driving Camrys. Some will hate the Compass, some will love it. Myself, I have been looking for something with a "Rally" feel to it and this is a nice example. And how sweet would it be to see a Jeep, the true name in off road vehicles, take part in real rally races? Something a little sporty like this could do it. Don't worry about Jeep "softening" their image. They will always make true climbers like the Wrangler but like someone else mentioned, a wider variety of Jeep models will mean more buyers for Jeep products which means more money for Jeep (Chrysler) which, in turn, will (hopefully) mean they can keep making great vehicles. I hope they make it. Dip one of those babies in Gun Metal Gray Metalic and I will sign on the line now.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Meryle
When can I get one? It is exactly what I want
since I can't get the Jeepster (former concept
car) And will the Compass be available in a
convertible model?

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Bob
>

Utah, I'm assuming you're referring to me here:
age 56 (almost 57) and own 2 Subarus.

Yeah, I know what Subies are capable of, and I
would love to see Jeep take a crack at that
market. It's wide open, and other manufacturers
are sure to join in

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: utah
Wow, a very different look from the backside. It looks to me like a beefed up Honda Civic or Mazda hatchback. Still, it's hard to imagine many people in the targeted age group having the cash to purchase these.

What is interesting is that there are people well past that target age group who have posted here saying they would consider buying one...so maybe Jeep will sell it to a different demographic then they thought. At car-truck the poll shows 47% of voters liking it...so it could be a winner.

If it can crack into the Subaru market...it could do very well. I see so many Outbacks and Foresters on the roads here.

This kind of concept from Jeep does not really upset me. It's new...going after a diffenet segment of the market...and it's not replacing a classic.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Patrick
Well it may have the looks and be a babe magnet, but there is no way in hell I would take this Tupperware tubby in to the desert for a Sunday stroll.
Get real donít belittle jeep wrangles.
Desert dweller .

as for the latest Detroit Motor Show 2002, check this out, sick puppies.
www.wheels.co.za. or http://galleries.wheels24.co.za/detroit2002/pages/04.htm

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Kunfuzion
I have owned two Cherokees and would definitely consider the Compass. It is rugged yet stylish in appearance. The true test is wether it can manuver through the sand at "the point" in Buxton, NC (one of the best surfing and fishing spots on the east coast).

Make room for the surfboard racks!

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: rich
Check out the rear! That gets tapped and you'll
be paying off your deductable and sitting at home for 1 month while the dealer replaces your fiberglass panels incorrectly the first 3 times.
By that time it's spring and you'll be doing little skiing.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: lucien
I would buy one of these in a heartbeat.. great
looking, I'm 31 and married, but we have no
kids, and don't want kids.. it's a perfect let's go
sking but don't want the crappy ride of an SUV
vehicle.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: XJKen
AMC Fan brings up some very good points. If you look back over the last 50 or
60 years of automotive it has been the American auto industry that has been
the inventor or innovator of most modern automotive segements and first. The
Euporean and Asian automotive industries have a history of taking our first and
refining or improving on them. Compared to the U.S. industry they have invented far less. The most obvious to the readers of this page is the fact that
Jeep invented the whole 4x4 market over 60 years ago. It was the U.S. industry that created the whole pick-up and light truck market decades ago More recently it was Chrysler that invented both the Minivan market and the FWD performance market in 1984. Both the Caravan/Voyager and the Daytona/
Laser platforms were years ahead of the competition and both were built on the
same K-platform as were most of Chryslers vehicles of their day. Of course
back then the automotive press were forever bashing that way of building a product line. Fast forward to today were VW/Audi build something like 9 or 10
vehicles of the same platform and the same automotive press has nothing but
praise for them. To paraphrase AMC Fan, BULLSHIT ! If the U.S. auto industry
never existed and modern vehicle development was left to the euporeans or
asians I feel we would currently be tooling around in 1950's BMW and Toyota
technology.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: AMC FAN
Lay off the AMC Eagle. The Eagle was a vehicle whose idea was years ahead of
its time, look at Subaru's line up today. Both Audi and Volvo's all wheel drive so
called off road wagons could be direct decedents of the Eagle, but since they are foreign the automotive press loves them, Bullshit !

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Jeep Worker
I love it! Let's make them in Toledo, the Home of the Jeep!

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Bob
Yes, I would consider it, and I'll be 57 in three
weeks. I also love Subarus, especially the 227 HP
WRX.

B

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: schmack
I'm 30 and I would buy one. I would certainly keep my TJ for serious off road fun, but I have a 40 mile commute and would love a jeep with better gas mileage and a little more zip.

Jeep isn't trying to wuss down the brand, they are just diversifying in order to appeal to a broader market and make more money. If Jeep is making more money, they can produce more specialty vehicles like the Rubicon and maybe a future 4 door wrangler.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Christopher Smith
As a previous owner of a 1989 YJ, 1995 ZJ, 1997 TJ, and now a 1999 TJ.. I can only say, please god NO!!!! Jeep, you will loose this customer and many many others, Jeep is the only mainstreem manuf. who still even makes a pretense at true capapbilities..please do not go forward with this..and stop with the independant front suspensions while you are at it.


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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Joe that owns a miata and calls it a Jeep
A........I'm ova 25, n I say you don need no terty one inch tias.... any Jeep can go ova any trail, in 1wd, n on 13" stock tias. So I take back whut I said on da las board about goin n buyin a Cherokee n den putten on terty one inch tias, cause everybody knoes you can take a 1wd jeep ....any model, includin da compass, ova any size boulda on stock tias. I'm jus glad Jeep is finally lisenun ta rugged massuline individuals like mysulf n stuff.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: anthony gunsworth
not bad for a rally car, but i dont have a use for one. however, if i did i'd definitely want a compass.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: XJKen
Basically its a two door Liberty, but apparently without the true 4x4 drivetrains.
I like some of the other posters would like to see a soft top version, but then again even with a soft top I think it would look much better with that top down
than up. Overall I kinda like it. By Jeep standards its rather radically styled but, I like the look better than the Liberty. I think it would appeal to the demographics that Chrysler is targeting, the fact that its a two door helps. I
would like to know what the base price would be. If its suppose to be an entry level Jeep vehicle I would think it would be priced below the base Wrangler nicely equipped (as the advertisers like to say). One thing that really strikes me is the lack of ground clearance. I guess if its based on the Liberty you could
get one of those cheap two inch coil spacer lifts. When it comes to having an
entry level Jeep I like the Compass better than the Willy's concept.

Now to address Utah's all important question, " Would anyone over 25 buy one?" ?"

Not Me, I am sticking to my Cherokee, but I will say that if they were to built
it I would thoughly check it out and if I were totally blown away (which I doubt)
I would consider a purchase.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Eric Neumann
I like it, it's unconventional - but at it's heart it
looks and breathes like a Jeep. Convertable
Yes! - but would that make it too much like the
Wrangler and thus it's replacement? Looks an
awful lot like the ICON (Wrangler
Replacement Concept).

It's too bad more of these "concept Jeeps"
never get made ;^(

Cheers!
~Eric

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Utah
There must be a lot of 24 year olds in the USA with money to buy this special concept aimed at this generation-next demographic group. Here in Canada most 24 year olds could not afford the insurance on one of these...let alone the payments. The are all paying off their student loans and riding around on razor scooters :-) The ones with any cash are driving 10 year old Honda Civics with 5 grand worth of Car Audio and sub-woofers in them.

So my question is....is there anyone over the age of 25 who posts here, that would consider purchasing a Jeep Compass?

I like the idea of the covertible model that someone earlier mentioned. But...I would never purchase one.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: FMoore
How about a convertible Compass! That would make it even more distinctive and exciting!!

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: another jeff
well, far from traditional, but it does have round headlights & 7 verticle slots in the grill. w/ the mention of rally Im guessing its all wheel drive, which is cool as long as your not planning on any serious off-roading trips. if it does go into production, maybe we'll see it in competiton against rally kings Ford & Subaru.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: jeffsmith
The Compass looks like a direct descendant
of the AMC Eagle SX4 I used to own
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