• Dec 7, 2010
2011 Jeep Compass spy shots – Click above for high-res image gallery

Based on what we saw in a few reader-snapped spy shots, the Jeep Compass is getting a much-needed makeover for the 2011 model year. This latest set of spy photos shows the new changes clear as day, and while the Compass' shape hasn't been altered (that odd C-pillar door handle is still intact), the completely revised front end is immediately more attractive than the outgoing model. It isn't terribly original, as it's clearly a derivative of the Grand Cherokee, but it's a huge step forward. Let's just hope Chrysler doesn't fudge it up with a Rallye version this time around.

Around back, things are largely the same, albeit with a new set of LED taillamps, more than likely reserved for higher-zoot trims within the Compass range. The rear bumper and lower fascia have been reworked slightly, but we won't fault you for not noticing right away, especially when the majority of your attention has largely gone to checking out the WK2-ified front end.

Like the vast majority of 2011 model year Chrysler vehicles, expect the new Compass to benefit from a greatly updated interior that includes higher-quality materials and a tweaked overall design. Judging by the Compass' kissing cousin, the recently facelifted 2011 Patriot, we don't expect much to have changed under the hood (the anemic 2.0- and 2.4-liter four-cylinder 'World Engines' will likely carry over unchanged), but we suspect improvements to the vehicle's ride, handling and NVH will be realized.

With the Detroit Auto Show only a few weeks away, it's likely that the refreshed Compass will make its public debut under the lights of Cobo Hall, with the first few examples going on sale very shortly thereafter.



[Source: Chris Doane/Brenda Priddy & Company]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      They got the front right but the side and back profiles are uninspired carryovers from the existing cute-ute, but thankfully it does look as thought its grown up a bit. If anything I think it should be smaller, not bigger...if you want a big SUV get a real Grand Cherokee or wait for an updated Liberty - this isn't supposed to be a road yacht.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well its better anyway. Too bad they don't shove one of the new V6's in one of these, it would just about fly then... and might find a larger market.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Doubtful that the V6 would do anything.

        Sales for the V6 RAV4 are very small compared to the standard four cylinder. The same can be said for the Escape/Mariner/Tribute. It was less than 10% for both IIRC.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If it was bigger it would look better, but it does look better than it did before.
        • 4 Years Ago
        They should have fixed the D-pillar quarter window line while they were at it.

        Simply vertical would have been better than that upward tapering thing.

        Otherwise it looks very much like a junior GC.

        Maybe they should change the name, and just call it Cherokee, minus the grand bit. :D
        • 4 Years Ago
        Everything about the Compass screams GIRL car, kinda like the Solara.
        • 4 Years Ago
        D pillar and rear 3/4 view still induces vomit on this end...
        • 4 Years Ago
        This is like the Sebring redesign.. it was so bad before that honestly any change would have been an improvement.

        Still not a fan of it at all, but miles better than before.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @BoxerFanatic
        It would have cost significantly more to change that window, including a lot of under body work and tooling investment, same reason they kept the Sebring roof line.
        And if they would have called it the Cherokee, they would have gotten so much backlash, it would have been even worse than when they came out with the Liberty!
        • 4 Years Ago
        If it was bigger it would be the Grand Cherokee. And that does look better.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If the wheel & tire setup weren't so narrow and sunken in, it would look much much better. It is in dire need of a more aggressive stance.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think I actually prefer the current model with the big round headlights. An interior makeover is desperately needed, however.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I am a HUGE Jeep guy. I am all for the trail rating of the vehicles. However, the compass was not meant to be trail rated - EVER. It was to be a smallmid sized car based vehicle, that was all wheel drive and was directed towards a rally type car (think Subaru-ish). Ever since this came out it has been a fail. I would have been fine with a Jeep "car" if it would have been what it was intended to be.
      • 4 Years Ago
      At least the old Compass didn't really look SUVish- now it does, but so does the Patriot. How are they going to separate the Patriot and the Compass now? Kind of a strange decision to me.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I see a trailrated badge......did the old Compass receive the "trailrating" designation?

      It definitely looks taller, and they finally made the rear bumper hide the muffler.

      The profile still looks awful, but it looks like they did everything they could.

      These changes will be enough to boost sales for the 2 years this CUV has left.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I saw that too, it isn't terrible at all. And if it is actually "Trail Rated" then you could definitely have some fun in this lil thing.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Who cares? This shouldn't be called a Jeep anything.

      It is still, just a re-skinned Dodge Caliber.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I would much rather own this than a ridiculous Scion XB or Nissan Cube clown car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You can throw the Nissan Juke in there too BuyUSA.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks much better in the front and rear. From the side I don't know if I will be able to tell the difference between a 2011 and a 2010 unless they were side by side.

      The original idea of the compass was ok, a sort of rally car Jeep. The production model doesn't deliver that at all, so the whole thing is rather pointless.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like it.

      Will the Dodge Caliber receive the same level of New Chrysler upgrade treatment? Or is it done over there? Anybody know if the Caliber will receive the New Dodge grill and steering wheel?
      • 4 Years Ago
      It looks pretty sharp IMO. The new cherokee is a marvel, the lights fit it real well. The commercials they used to promote it almost sounded like they were picking on America for not having built anything of quality since the mid 1900's xD! Jeep did the special edition wrangler for CoD:BO, so they might as well make a special edition cherokee for the next Battlefield game as well. You can vote at http://enterbf3.com (search jeep)
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