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Posted by mike on 2003/6/27 0:00:00 (3286) reads

Potential details about the Compass emerge...

One of our readers sent us an article from The Detriot News about production of the Dodge M80 pickup - or rather, the lack of production of the M80 pickup that was seen at the 2002 Detriot Auto Show. The article contains some juicy tidbits about the Jeep Compass - here's a snippet:

More promising is a proposal for a production version of the Jeep Compass concept, which also was unwrapped at the 2002 Detroit show.

Chrysler now envisions the Compass as Jeep's first-ever "soft roader," a car-based crossover that will embrace the traditional Jeep styling cues and all-wheel drive, but with a much softer ride and lower ride height that would be inappropriate for serious off-road use (let alone the Rubicon torture test).

At the moment, a production version of the Compass has been assigned a program code (MK74), a platform (GS, from the next-generation Mitsubishi Lancer), and a plant (Belvidere, Ill.), with a potential startup date of January 2006.

Hard-core Jeep traditionalists have been howling in protest ever since the Compass concept was unveiled. But I suspect this may have even greater sales potential than the M80, particularly in the sub-$20,000 bracket that is now dominated by the Asians.

It will face some stiff competition from the likes of Toyota, Honda, Hyundai, and Kia. But the Compass boasts something the other guys don't have: the Jeep brand name.

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Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: David
here is my comment: Why not go instead with the concept Jeep Jeepster? In my view this is the most good looking jeep from the bunch ever created. Can anybody explaing why the jeepster never got to production?

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Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: J Jalbs
How is Belvidere, ILLINOIS in Canada??? I work at the assembley plant, and IF it going to be built there, Jan '06 is right in line with whats "going on" there.

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Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: MalcomXJ
...not to mention that with the specs they're citing it'll be left in the dust by the likes of WRX and Evolution. I'm not sure why they think they can succeed in such a crowded field with the Jeep brand. It's not like Jeep has a heritage or legacy in autocross, and I doubt we'll see this thing competing for Pikes Peak. If they want to add a rally car to the brand, this isn't the way to do it. I'm also skeptical as to whether this will enhance Jeep's brand. Seems like it will only dilute it further...

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Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Michael C
From what I have read at, this production code info may be wrong. Plus, Jan 2006 is a ridiculously long time to take to get a car from drivable concept to production, at least in this day and age. Let's see, it debuted in Jan 2002....and production in Jan 2006? Nice way to get left in the dust by your competition.
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