Interiors Partly to Blame for Poor Sales of Compass and Patriot
Date 2008/1/21 21:24:48 | Topic: Compass
|It appears that all the complaints about the "plasticiness" of the Jeep Compass and Patriot interiors is not falling on deaf ears. Chrysler announced that portions of the interior will be made with different materials, mainly on high-usage areas like arm rests. |
The two Jeep models have been widely criticized for their interiors — mostly due to the use of cheap, hard plastic and less-than-stellar fit and finish.
The interior upgrade comes much sooner than the typical mid-life refresh as the two models have only been on the market for about a year.
Ralph Gilles, a Chrysler designer, also revealed that the Detroit automaker wasn't completely satisfied with the interiors at launch. "Even before these products were launched, we did some soul searching," Gilles told Automotive News.
The lackluster interiors have hurt the Compass and Patriot, making them the two worst selling Jeeps in the U.S. market.