Compass, Patriot: new AWD, transmission?

If you wanted to buy a Jeep Compass or Patriot with a traditional six-speed automatic transmission, preferably one sourced from Hyundai, your chance will come soon — but you’ll have to buy quickly.

Coming in the 2014 model year, according to ever-reliable source oh2o, will be an odd transition: the Compass and Patriot are, he said, to switch to a normal six-speed automatic, jettisoning the Nissan CVT2 they currently use. This will be a fairly brief stay for the new automatic, because the 2014 model year is expected to be fairly short, even assuming that the 2013 model year will also be short. By January 2014, Compass and Patriot are to be gone, at least in their current form.

The new transmission will, according to informed speculation at the Allpar forums, likely be the same one used on the Kia Sportage and Hyundai ix35. Hyundai-Kia have exclusive rights to a clever Magna Dynamax all wheel drive system, which lasts through 2013; but in 2014 the system will be open for grabs, and Chrysler will be able to dip into the Hyundai and Magna parts buckets and use it. The Dart already uses a Hyundai six-speed automatic, largely because Chrysler’s own six-speed is too large, and the nine-speed ZF model is not ready yet (and would likely cost too much).

Given the cost of creating controls for new powertrain systems, even those which have already been used by other automakers, one can speculate that the system will also be used in the Compass’ replacement, recently spied at Allpar.

The DynaMax AWD system, currently built in Korea by Hyundai, uses an electric oil pump to create pressure, applying a multi-disc clutch to move torque from the front wheels to the rear differential. As more pressure is applied, more torque is shifted back. The Controller Area Network (CAN bus), which is also used by Chrysler, monitors the steering angle, car’s speed, throttle position, wheel speed sensors, and the clutch oil pressure, to calculate the ideal front-rear torque split and the current system status. The system starts up with all wheels engaged by default. It does not use any pump valves.

Update: a reader told us, “Message: Belvidere assembly has already built some Compass pilots with the 6 speed auto. Rumor in the plant is the Compass will be freshened with a new rear lift gate with back up camera.”

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FCA inventory under control


FCA has gotten inventory levels under control in the US, according to Automotive News.  The company has 73 days of stock, versus GM’s 79 days and Ford’s 80 days. It’s above any major import’s inventory, but the wide range of pickups tends to swell American lots.

As the car market drops, dealers have 19,900 Chrysler 200s and 16,500 Darts on their lots;

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Rendering the Grand Cherokee

DarkSky envisioned a somewhat Range Rover-influenced 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee, keeping roughly the same body shape but altering the front. This design makes the front end both more conventional and more aggressive, while separating it from the Cherokee and Compass alike.

This goes along, somewhat, with the photos recently seen on a Jeep display, assumed by many to be a Wagoneer. Once the size is corrected for,

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Where are Wranglers sold?

2015 Jeep Wrangler Altitude

The Jeep Wrangler is an American staple, but it’s sold around the world. Recently, as part of a recall, FCA revealed the sales distribution of the 2016-17 Wrangler.

The great bulk of vehicles — 182,743 — were sold or distributed to the United States. Around 10% of those, 18,011, were in Canada. Accounting for around 20% of the Canadian number were 3,087 in Mexico. Finally, 20,948 were sold outside North America — a bit over 10%.

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Which Rams and Jeeps will we see?

The last few days have brought numerous photos to the fore; but which will we see?

The big truck-based Wagoneer, so far as it’s based on the photos above, seems least likely, at least in that form. Looking at it after the two images were set to the same scale, you can see that the “new Jeep” is likely closely based on the Grand Cherokee, which is in line with past company statements.

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The Renegade-influenced Wrangler

Reddit member “arcsreddit” recently shared this photo of a Renegade-fronted Jeep Wrangler was photographed, in part-size clay-model form (which looks incredibly real).  While it’s hard to criticize on its appearance, it could send the wrong message — that the Wrangler has been “Renegaded” and lost capability.

Sources have told us that the next Wrangler will be as capable as the current one, if not more so;

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