• Nov 15, 2010
2011 Jeep Compass spy shot – Click above to enlarge image

We've known that a refreshed Jeep Compass is on the horizon for the 2011 model year, and we've even seen a few heavily camouflaged spy shots of prototypes running around. That said, we haven't been able to judge the scope of the redesign until reader Adam M. sent in this snapshot of a flotilla of undisguised testers.

Even with the grainy quality of this spy photo and the unflattering light, it's easy to see that Jeep has authored a substantial refresh that leverages the styling language of its handsome new Grand Cherokee.

Forsaking the outgoing model's round-light, drop-shouldered look in favor of a boxier and more traditional front clip instantly gives the new Compass a more serious and polished appearance. Gone is the awkwardly styled triangular bumper cap, and in its place is a more organic form with round outboard foglamps and what looks to be a small horizontal breather slat below the chrome-lipped seven-slot grille. The squared-off headlamps look like they wrap around a bit, and they clearly have more elements and definition than the outgoing model's historically minded 'lantern eyes.' There also appears to be a nice power bulge in the hood, although it's impossible to know at this point whether that's just a design element or an engineering necessity because we don't know what lurks underhood.

We only have this one spy shot to go on, so we can't really make out what additional work has been done to clean up the Compass' profile and greenhouse, or its rear-end. We're guessing that since it isn't expected to be a clean-sheet redesign that the rump will look much like it does on the 2010 model, albeit with different taillamps and revised lower fascia.

No word, too, on what's gone on in the cabin of this new model, but we've seen some very positive signs from Auburn Hills' designers of late, what with significant material upgrades and cleaner looking surfaces in other Jeep products including the refreshed Patriot (with which the Compass shares the lion's share of its greasy bits) and the 2011 Wrangler, so it seems reasonable to expect similar improvements. For what it's worth, the latest Patriot didn't get any new powertrains.

If Jeep can manage to clean up the interior half as well as it appears to have edited the Compass' front end, it ought to be a much more compelling vehicle all-around than its lackluster predecessor. Thanks for the pic, Adam M!

UPDATE: More reader spy photos of the 2011 Jeep Compass! Click here.



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      • 4 Years Ago
      Better front end, but it appears they've done little with anything on the sides... which is disappointing. But if they make it look, feel, and drive better overall I can't complain too much.

      Also, if the GC's front end is going to the whole line I wonder how it will look on a wrangler...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Typical Jeep...They cant even get the spelling correct !
      • 4 Years Ago
      Jeep should mean a jeep like the Renagade I bought new in 1973. Little rough around the edges but had a V* and four speed with two speed real transfer case. Piad $3,500 for it! Ah the good ole days, when it broke I could fix it not need a computer degree. Boy I had a hell of a lot of fun in it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have never understood this particular product or it's purpose. Chrysler's attempts to improve all of their existing products is laudable, but in the case of the Compass, I think they should have saved the money and simply discontinued it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      why is the badge on backwards?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Because these are right hand drive models destined for overseas.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I took the picture in the side view mirror on my car, so everything was mirrored. I didn't flip it before I sent the picture in.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Because the picture is of a reflection in a sideview mirror.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's also possible the photo was take in a mirror.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'd guess that the photo is mirrored. The wipers are also backwards, so it's either a RHD version with a backwards badge to boot, or the photo is simply flipped.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Remove Compass from Jeep and sell it as a Chrysler. Jeep is the wrong brand for Compass.
      Corporate Chrsyler grill will look fine on the remodeled 2011 version of Compass.
      Chrysler showroom is the RIGHT place for the Compass and it's female buyers seeking a small SUV alternative to CRV, RAV4 and etc..
      Leo V.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Typical American cars. it's the same vehicle as the new derango.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Leo V.
        Mind enlightening us on what you mean by that? Also, this is not and has never been anything near what the Durango is.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So much better...I like the styling.
      At first glance...I thought it was just Grand Cherokee.
      A big improvement over the past compass.....
      previous version was like...;;;;;
      I think it will sell well....even I like to buy one.
      • 4 Years Ago
      File that under "who gives a crap"
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why?
      Just as Jeep (Chrysler) is working so hard to fix the past, they still continue to make more of the same mistakes. There is no need for a Compass in the Jeep lineup. They should let it die and put all development and design dollars into the Patriot. (Or, vice versa.)
        • 4 Years Ago
        Why would you want a V6 in this? I think you just want the Cherokee.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "There was nothing wrong with the idea of the Compass."

        Until you stop and think about context. Many, if not most, Jeep dealers are part of a dealership that sells Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep. The Compass and the Caliber are side by side, and neither one is really a car that anyone would call a winner. However, the Compass also has the stigma of coming across as a wannabe Jeep. They would have been smarter to do a more street-oriented/Eco version of the Patriot than a different model. Either way, hindsight is 20/20. There is still no need for this vehicle in the lineup, but a least these Compasses actually look pretty good.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Redundant as you say, but it looks a lot better now. Hopefully they'll add some snazzy features to the interior to help differentiate it this time around. I wonder if the Pentastar V6 will fit? haha
        • 4 Years Ago
        This is not more of the same mistakes. This vehicle will be discontinued. Like the 200 (Sebring) this is just a placeholder until something new comes out. Most likely a FIAT based mini CUV with a different name than Compass (and perhaps a different brand than Jeep). But they have to sell something right now so they have improved it until they can put it to rest permanently.
        • 4 Years Ago
        There was nothing wrong with the idea of the Compass. The excecution was terrible. Ugly derivative styling and horrible interior. Jeep can't afford to stick with low mileage offroaders especially with impending CAFE regs. It's already been proven that the Compass is capable offroad than most in it's segment, but most people won't even think about taking these offroad. Jeep should focus on styling and mpg's. An SRT-4 version wouldn't be bad either, it does share the same platform as the Caliber. Maybe they can capture some of what made the SRT-8 GC great.
        • 4 Years Ago
        No, there's nothing wrong with the "idea of the Compass." But there is a lot wrong with the way it was executed. The biggest issue here is that Jeep has two cars where, at most, it should have one. It's not like the Caliber is such a great starting point that Jeep absolutely needs to have 2 versions in it's showrooms. Yes, there's a difference between the Compass and Patriot but it's a small one and one that could be addressed with different AWD options and appearance packages rather than two models.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow much better. I am happy Chrysler products are getting much needed attention. If all goes well, the next generations should be even better!
      • 4 Years Ago
      That looks really good. Therefore it must not be the new Liberty
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