|It looks like Jeep will debut two non-Trail-Rated vehicles next year.|
This report took us by surprise - we hadn't heard any rumors about this coming down. The good news is that if you're looking forward to the Jeep Compass, you're going to be twice as happy. If you're upset that the Jeep Compass might dilute the Jeep brand...well, you may not want to read the rest of this article. From AutoWeek.com:
Jeep will introduce two car-based vehicles next year that are expected to generate combined annual sales of 90,000 units.
Jeep has not said what vehicles are planned. But industry sources say Jeep's first car-based models will share a platform with the sleek, front-wheel-drive Dodge Caliber hatchback, which replaces the Dodge Neon. That platform was engineered for awd applications.
The two Jeeps are code-named MK49 and MK74, according to the source.
The MK49 will have awd, sporty styling with a wagon silhouette that is low to the ground. The MK74 will have a taller roofline so it looks more like an SUV, and the wheelbase is expected to be slightly longer.
While the MK49 is expected to be targeted at Forester buyers, the MK74 will be aimed at Ford Escape, Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 buyers.
Both vehicles are the first Jeeps not engineered for severe off-road use.
Check out the entire story.