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2011 Jeep Compass spy shot – Click above for high-res image gallery

The lone spy photo of the 2011 Jeep Compass that was sent in by an astute Autoblog reader did nothing if not leave us wanting for more. Fortunately, more is just what we've been granted today by another eagle-eyed shooter who wishes to remain anonymous.

Again, we can see a nicely restyled front fascia that brings Jeep's entry-level nameplate more in line with the range-topping Grand Cherokee, and that's certainly a welcome improvement. The chrome-highlighted seven-slot grille doesn't look out of place with the Compass' newfound hulky appearance. Looking past the nicely-styled fascia proves what we had surmised would be the case: a profile and greenhouse that are mostly left alone.

That means the Compass will retain the gently sloping roofline and reverse-crimped C-pillar arrangement of the first-gen model... for better or for worse. And while we still can't say for certain, our best guess is that there will be a much nicer interior under that freshened sheetmetal, but likely no significant updates to the powertrain packages.

With auto show season about to kick off in LA, we shouldn't have to wait much longer for a full reveal of the 2011 Compass. Even so, these spy shots make it clear that the next Compass will have its needle pointing dead North in comparison to the much unloved original, and we look forward to finding out how well Jeep is able to differentiate this machine from its platform-mate, the Patriot.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I like the front looks much better then the current one just dont like the back side, hopefully they will change the whole interior.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I had one as a rental for 2 weeks, drove lots of highway miles in addition to city driving. I travel alot, rent a car at least a week out of every month. What a torture chamber. Truly the loudest, slowest poorest made vehicle i have ever driven. Any cosmetic update would surely be an improvement, but unless they improve the NVH, powertrain and build quality of this vehicle it will still be crap.

      There are way too many better alternatives out there.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You just described most of Chrystler's lineup for past couple of decades. They had a LONG way to go until they were even just competitive. And while they are making strides in nearly every model for the 2011 model year they certainly haven't come as far as GM yet.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The problem with the Compass was the front end-- which has been thoroughly addressed-- and the interior-- which is yet to be seen in the revised car. The rear and profile really weren't objectionable. I'd say this was the Jeep most in need of a remake, and Chrysler delivered.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I would personally forgo the front end treatment to see this adopt the GC's greenhouse (and that crease that runs from the front door to the tail lamps). This CUV would also look great with rounded wheel arches.

        The front end reminds me of the older GC's from a decade ago (I think that vehicle's good looks did more to broaden Jeep's market and demographics then any other Jeep), and that's a good thing.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I would personally forgo the front end treatment to see this adopt the GC's greenhouse (and that crease that runs from the front door to the tail lamps). This CUV would also look great with rounded wheel arches.

        The front end reminds me of the older GC's from a decade ago (I think that vehicle's good looks did more to broaden Jeep's market and demographics then any other Jeep), and that's a good thing.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like the front very much. I hope they offer black trim for the wheel wells on higher spec models, or as an option like Subaru does with the Forester.

      Also, it looks like the rear track could be wider though that may be due to the angle of the photo. I'm looking forward to seeing them for real and test driving this and the Patriot.

      Unlike some others, I would like to see it look more like the JGC because I think the JGC is awesome looking. I especially like the way the JGC's bonnet is sculpted and also I like the horizontal orientation of the tail lights.

      • 4 Years Ago
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      • 4 Years Ago
      At this point all the Compass really needs is the Trail Rated gear the Patriot gets (such as skid plates and low range gearing) and it's set.

      It doesn't need to be a Wrangler, but it would be nice to see it fulfill something of a rally-style goal for the Jeep brand. Turbos would be great, ditch the CVT, add a good tranny, and position it between the Liberty and Patriot as a higher-priced extra feature model.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Smart move is to do what Nissan did with the Rogue and Murano like many others have and make a smaller Cherokke, looks like they are half way there. I want an official Grand Cherokee SRT-8 announcement :)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Put the camouflage back on that car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        As much as I disagree, I have to say that is the funniest comment I've ever read on here.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why do all the models have to look alike, its boring. You are designers, design something. A compass should look like a compass, a jeep should look like a jeep, yada yada. Each model should be unique. I was hoping the cookie cutter designs would die in chapter 11, I see though they have not lost the cutter.
      The germans, can get away with it, but the big 3 can't.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is now a really good looking Jeep. The attention to detail is remarkable considering that this line (patriot/compass/caliber) is due for a full overhall in the near future.
      I too have driven a Caliber as a rental over an extended period and frankly thought the interior and build quality were quite good and the car was solid and rode and handled very well. My only complaint was the odd "feel" of the transmission and some engine noise under hard accelleration, which was not present in normal driving. Everyone liked the car and everything was more than acceptable for the price point. I also adjusted to the tranny in time and although would not purchase this kind of vehicle by any maker, thought it was competent in every area of operation.
      Back to the Jeep, did I say how impressed I am with the looks?
      Anyone looking for an entry level crossover- take a good look at Compass, no doubt!

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      • 4 Years Ago
      This care is hot now, Patriot needs to go somewhere, this will sell good in Northeast def w new front n fresh interior
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yet someone still neglected to go to the far end of the fence, use their zoom, and get a good view of the tail lamps.

      Excellent job.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Elmo, read this:
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitsubishi_GS_platform
        They're all related, always have been.

        BTW, interesting how Autoblog has since updated this post....
        • 4 Years Ago
        @300kid

        The Compass has no relation to the Journey. The only Dodge that it relates to is the Caliber, which is closely related to the Neon.

        Now if you wanna relate a Jeep to the Journey to, the Patriot is its closest. They're both based on the same platform the Chrysler Sebring/200 and Dodge Avenger are on.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'd also like to know what that Camo'd Caravan is in the second pic. I know it's not a new Town and Country, nor a new Caravan, since both have been publically revealed.

        Maybe an R/T "Man's" model that they so happily boasted about?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Actually, This Man, I think if you enlarge the photo as much as possible and take a good look at the headlights and lower air intakes (and the overall shape/size of the thing) you'll notice that this is in fact a Journey. Which has also been publicly revealed. It'd make sense for it to be parked nearby since the Compass is actually related. They may have been tested together. Plus just because Autoblog says these photos are fresh doesn't mean they actually are. These could be from a few weeks ago (before the Journey was uncovered).
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