Jeep Compass and Patriot Replacement Spotted!

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Many aspects of Fiat-Chrysler’s previously announced five-year strategy have yet to come to pass.  So far, everything seems to be in line as some models get ready to get put away and to be replaced that new vehicles.  As part of the Jeep brand, the Patriot and the Compass are going away for a time and will be getting a new Jeep to replace the two.  What it should be in theory is a half-way point between the new starter Jeep Renegade and the new popular Jeep Cherokee.  That Jeep, or at least a prototype, was spotted in the open.

Jeep wasn’t too shy about it either.  It was the first public road test of this new unnamed Jeep.  Motor Authority got their hands on the pictures and, sadly in this case, the prototype looks to be not too different from the Renegade.  It makes sense that the newest design for a Jeep, the Renegade, would be the starter platform for anything new to come into the Jeep brand.

Another look, as Motor Authority shows, that this isn’t simply a Renegade.  The test mule shown in the shots has a longer rear section.  What else is known isn’t what is seen in the prototype and that is that the new nine-speed automatic transmission will likely be an option and all-wheel drive will also probably be available.

What would you like to see in the new Jeep slated to replace the Patriot and the Compass?  Let us know in the comments.

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Where is the New Wrangler Going to be Produced?

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The Wall Street Journal maps out the long road it has been to keep the Wrangler production at the Toledo plant.  Sergio Marchionne has been keeping the people at the Toledo Assembly Plant on edge with his comments about what to expect from the 2017 Jeep Wrangler.  He said that the new Jeep will be making use of aluminum to have better fuel efficiency but the new Wrangler will not have an all-aluminum body.

This is a change from his comments back in October that the new Wrangler would be having an aluminum body.  Using that material would mean the Jeep would have to be built elsewhere, taking the Wrangler away from the Toledo plant for the first time in many years.

“We’ve run the numbers and we’ve simulated the mileage,” Mr. Marchionne is quoted as saying.  “But because of the difference in costs, not just in materials but the actual assembly process, I think we can do almost as well without aluminum.”

This may be the sign that Marchionne is keeping the Wrangler still in Toledo, something he said he wanted to do.  The plant and local city officials have been working hard to convince the company to keep the Wrangler there as well.  They’ve bought up additional land for the auto maker to use if any additional building for the plant needed to happen.

While Marchionne hasn’t said for sure one way or the other, it is clear that Toledo will be fighting until the end to hold onto that Wrangler production.

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Jeep Versus Range Rover

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It looks like Jeep is gearing up to take on the Range Rover.

Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne is quoted by Bloomberg Business as having said as much at the opening of a Alfa Romeo and Maserati dealership near Toronto the other week.

“When I see a Range Rover on the street, my blood boils, because we should be able to do a thing like that, and we will.”

Jeep seems poised to be able to take on some risks at the moment.  It has been one of the most successful brands under the Chrysler umbrella.  Since 2009, the global sales have gone up more than fourfold according to the article.  The demand for Jeeps on a local and global scale are at a high for the company.

Bloomberg spoke with a dealership owner who definitely wants Jeep to pursue the goal of having a direct competitor to the Range Rover.  “You put Jeep on the front of anything right now and you’re OK,” he said.

Despite the uphill struggle that Jeep would have to position itself against Range Rover, Jack Nerad, an analyst at KBB.com, thinks it may be possible.  “But Jeep is unique.  There’s really no substitute for it in the market and that puts them in a pretty good position.  There’s a lot of opportunity there.”

Do you think it is time for Jeep to compete with Range Rover?

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