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Two 2017 Compasses

by David Zatz on

Buyers will soon be able to visit their local dealer and pick up either the old “MK” 2017 Jeep Compass or the new “MP” 2017 Jeep Compass.

The two crossovers share almost nothing with each other. One was based on a heavily modified Mitsubishi platform; the other, on a heavily modified Fiat platform.

Manley - Compass - NAIAS 2011

It may not take much imagination to see the confusion at the dealerships, not to mention, ten years from now, at aftermarket parts counters. One can see the NAPA or AutoZone guy of the future, picking the first Compass that comes up — though maybe the computers will be programmed just to avoid that. Will filter boxes be labelled “fits 2017 Jeep Compass, no, not that one”?

How many salesmen will tell customers which Jeep Compass they’re looking at? With the sheer number of salesmen out there, there are bound to be a few who misunderstand or prevaricate and claim the outgoing Compass is the new one, to make the sale. It’s an odd situation; usually, automakers at least call it a “2017.5” or change the name of the outgoing model to “Classic” or some such.

2018 Jeep Compass

Why not call one the 2018 Jeep Compass, to avoid confusion? Source oh2o wrote, “I believe that the reason is that they wanted to launch the Compass in Brazil right away, instead of waiting until after the first of the year, which would be needed if they called it a 2018. They also may not have wanted to make 2018 such a long model year by launching in January, and having to wait a year and a half to launch the 2019 Compass.”

Now, it seems that the first model year will be quite short for both versions — the 2017 started just a few months ago and wound up production on December 23, while the other 2017 is due to start up in mid-to-late January and finish at the end of June.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304


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