2015 Compass mule?

Allpar reader m@ has again provided spy shots to us, taken on the route from Detroit to Chelsea. As usual, Chrysler is using Alfa Romeo bodies for whatever reason, with extra sections welded in, but m@ felt confident that the size and proportions were right for the upcoming Jeep Compass replacement. Compass and Patriot are both to have a shortened 2013 model year, followed by an early and short 2014 model year. That puts the brand-new, sort-of-Dart-based Compass production at January 2014 for the 2015 model year — or the 2014 model year, if Chrysler chooses to use a different name.

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redriderbob, historically a good source, wrote: “Jeep engineers are working closely with Fiat engineers on this project. We will more likely see a diesel version of the replacement Compass/Patriot here in the US and Canada. They are also making sure this new Jeep is more capable then the ones it replaces. Expect for a vehicle that is built to be a 80% on road 20% off road vehicle but still have trail rated offerings.”

An Alfa Romeo version will reportedly be made as well, to accompany the Alfa 4C and an Alfa version of the Challenger.

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Chrysler is reportedly going to keep the Compass name, but we suspect this could change. There are two sets of insider comments on the looks of the new car, one saying it would “like the current Patriot in shape and size, mixed just slightly with the soft lines of the old Jeep Renegade and Willys2 concepts,” and the other saying it looks like an Alfa Romeo Giulietta with a Grand Cherokee/Compass front clip.

The Compass/Patriot successor will, like the Liberty/Cherokee replacement, be built on the same basic platform as the Dodge Dart. The “Compatriot” would likely be front wheel drive and all wheel drive, lighter in weight and duty cycle than the Liberty-replacement, and smaller than the Liberty-replacement.

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How will Wrangler keep its tops “free”?

Jeep Wrangler roof slider system cloth

Even as the 2018 Jeep Wrangler grows ever-closer, sources are divided as to how the roof will be handled — though we are starting get some clarity.

The JT pickup, due in 2019, will almost certainly have a fixed roof with removable panels. As for the Wrangler, some believe it will have the setup shown in the  scale model below (whose front styling was rejected):

The model above has the same removable panels as the pickup,

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Here are the SEMA-car sneak peeks

With the 2016 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show is drawing near, Mopar has started to show their usual teaser sketches of concepts to be displayed at the Las Vegas Convention Center on November 1-4.

Including Mopar-modified vehicles created especially for SEMA, fourteen FCA US vehicles will spread out over the 15,345-square-foot Mopar exhibit.

The annual Mopar press event will take place at its usual 4:26 p.m.

Read the full story: Here are the SEMA-car sneak peeks  »

CR and FCA quality


Many people regard Consumer Reports as the last word in car reliability, despite problems with CR’s methods and an attitude which leads to cease-and-desist letters for posting pages like this one.

The current guide was headlined by Buick’s rise to #3, but the secondary story was FCA brands anchoring the bottom, along with Tesla.

What happened?

FCA can counter CR with good scores in J.D.

Read the full story: CR and FCA quality  »

Envisioning the 2018 Jeep Cherokee

For the next Jeep Cherokee, Susan Rand and “DarkSky” considered what the phrase “a more traditional front that is still unique” might mean. Sources claimed that the body would remain essentially unchanged.

Since the “headlights below the DRLs” aspect of the current Cherokee is the most radical change from the norm, both renderings swap the two positions, putting the headlights up high, with integral DRLs, parking lights in a separate area,

Read the full story: Envisioning the 2018 Jeep Cherokee  »

Ram: King of Canadian trucks

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For the third time in a row, the Ram 1500 has been crowned the overall winner of the Canadian Truck King Challenge.

The tenth annual Canadian Truck King Challenge, run in Ontario but including seven judges from across Canada, includes real-world evaluations covering nearly 4,000 km, during which payload is tested up to 4,000 pounds, towing is tested up to 15,000 pounds, and off-road capability is assessed.

There were eleven pickups entered into the Canadian Truck King Challenge competition,

Read the full story: Ram: King of Canadian trucks  »

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