Compass, Gladiator Heading for Production?

Date 2005/4/1 0:00:00 | Topic: Miscellaneous

A major automotive news source is reporting that plans are underway for 2 new Jeep models
A number of readers wrote in to tell us that is reporting that both the Compass and Gladiator are a go for production. They don't cite their source(s), but we're inclined to believe it. Here's a snippet:

Jeep will go ahead with plans to build a production four-wheel-drive Compass crossover based on the 2001 concept vehicle. Positioned below Wrangler, the $20,000 five-seater will compete with Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V and Land Rover Freelander.

When it goes into production in 2007, the crossover will mark a big departure for Jeep by placing its emphasis more on versatility than Rubicon off-road ability. However, traditional design cues such as a vertical seven-slot grille and round headlamps will maintain the family resemblance.

The introduction of the Commander and Compass will boost the number of Jeep model lines to five, while a sixth model based on the Gladiator pickup concept shown at January’s Detroit.

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