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MiscellaneousCompass and 2nd Jeep Will Be "Cross-over Vehicles"
Posted by mike on 2005/7/18 21:05:17 (1288) reads

A recent article at Cincinnati.com reveals that both the Compass and a 2nd future new Jeep will both be considered "cross-over vehicles" - somewhere between a car and an SUV. Here's a snippet:

Detroit automakers bidding to beat back foreign rivals are set to launch a spate of new car-based "crossover" utility vehicles in coming years to grab a bigger slice of one of the fastest-growing vehicle segments.

DaimlerChrysler AG's Chrysler Group is expected to launch a midsize crossover wagon for its Dodge brand in 2007 as well as a pair of car-based Jeep models. General Motors Corp. is developing a trio of crossovers for its GMC, Buick and Saturn brands, while Ford Motor Co. is planning to introduce new Ford, Lincoln and Mercury crossovers by 2007.

The onslaught of models that meld a car and a sports-utility vehicle underscores the urgency Detroit automakers have to become bigger players in a key front in the war for new sales.

Detroit automakers face stiff competition from foreign automakers, which are also rushing in with crossover products of their own to take advantage of a consumer shift away from large, truck-based SUVs and growing interest in fuel-efficient vehicles.

A crossover is loosely defined as a vehicle that has the rugged look and cargo space of an SUV but sits on a car-like underbody rather than on a rigid truck frame.

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XJGuy
Posted: 2006/1/12 23:59  Updated: 2006/1/12 23:59
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CUVs are supposed to bethe next big thing it is good to see jeep getting into the thick of it

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Posted: 2005/7/20 15:57  Updated: 2005/7/20 15:57
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Crossovers for Jeep bad, new site great, though I hope there are still a lot of reader reaction comments with new registration requirement. I didn't have enough room for old site name. "Here is my comment"

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jeepidiot
Posted: 2005/7/20 13:31  Updated: 2005/7/20 13:31
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Why is it cross over vehicles for the most part are just "gussied up" station wagons?
Somehow the thought that Jeep has a station wagon in development is unsettling to me.

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ORBruce
Posted: 2005/7/19 10:59  Updated: 2005/7/19 10:59
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Well, ok. I'm always happy to see another usable small car on the market, and I guess it will bring more traffic and sales to Jeep dealers. I just hope that the other Jeeps retain some capability.

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pec5027484
Posted: 2005/7/18 23:25  Updated: 2005/7/18 23:25
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 Re: Compass and 2nd Jeep Will Be "Cross-over Vehicle...
Jeep needs a vehicle that will provide good fuel economy and performance -- with potential for a rally vehicle. Just hope DC doesn't provide some thoroughly feminized version with CVT without some consideration for turbo diesel and six speed manual.

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GregB
Posted: 2005/7/19 8:58  Updated: 2005/7/19 8:59
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 Re: Compass and 2nd Jeep Will Be "Cross-over Vehicle...
pec 5027484 ... check out this link, http://www.allpar.com/cars/dodge/caliber.html

It's a lot about caliber/pm49, but also has info on mk49 and mk74. This site has some tid-bits on the story, but if you'll read the whole thing at allpar you'll notice that they made one of the calibers AWD with 6-speed diesel. 2.4 and 2.4 turbo would be the other likely choices. Either way, anything you see offered in the caliber will also likely be offered in the Jeeps. The only thing that worries me is that they shipped the one with a diesel off to Europe. Still am optimistic to see more diesels in the jeep line-up.
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