• Dec 9, 2010

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

Thanks to the efforts of some wily spy shooters, we've already peered upon the vastly improved styling of the redesigned 2011 Jeep Compass. If a report from the usually well-informed Allpar.com is correct, it would seem Jeep will be positioning its 2011 Compass a few rungs up the ladder than the platform-sharing Patriot.

If reports are correct, buyers will also need to fork over significantly more cash for the Compass in 2011. According to Allpar, the Compass will start at $19,995 in front-wheel drive guise and $21,695 when powering all four wheels – the 2010 model starts at just $15,365. More interesting, though, is word that the new Compass will be Trail Rated for the first time, something we suspected from the rather familiar-looking round fender badges on the silver vehicle in our spy shot gallery.

Presumably using the same off-road bits and pieces as the Trail Rated Patriot – Freedom Drive II with a CVT and dedicated low-range gearing – the Compass is rumored to feature repositioned rebound springs cribbed à la Grand Cherokee, along with an increase in ride height by one inch.

After looking at the pictures, we had an inkling that the new Compass may in fact be a more desirable overall package than the 2011 Patriot, which starts at $15,995, and this report would appear to confirm that hunch.



[Source: Allpar.com | Images: Chris Doane/Brenda Priddy & Company]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      What does Trail Rated even mean? Didn't it mean they did the Rubicon trail with it back in the day?
        • 4 Years Ago
        If they would replace the front end of the Patriot with a likeness of the XJ, I would agree. The front end now looks too much like the KJ.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Patriot is the one they should be working on. It looks like a real Jeep, like the Cherokee of 1984, simple and honest looking. The Compass is just a faux fashion wannabe. They should cut their losses and concentrate on the Patriot.
        • 4 Years Ago
        They both had the same interior before and power trains and everything, I suspect that will still be the case. They've already show the updated Patriot officially. It has some exterior tweaks too.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Trail rated? bwahahahahahaha. Oh good ness, that's a good one.
        • 4 Years Ago
        What's so funny? The Compass is pretty good off-road. You should probably research.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Bicycle trail rated! ;)
      • 4 Years Ago
      I thought that the patriot was to be he more manly and off road (relatively) vehicle while the compass was to be the female oriented onroad vehicle.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Compass doesn't need to be more upmarket, it just needs to be better for the same market.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks to me as they're going to finally do what they should have done to begin with, and only have one CUV instead of two. While before the Patriot was easily the best looking, the new Compass styling probably makes more sense for a soft-roader without being offensive to the eyes like the current version. I'd still prefer the Patriot styling all other things being equal, but if they're going to offer the same offroad bits on the Compass, and it's more popular globally, what's the point of maintaining both?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Is the Compass really more popular globally? They don't even sell it in the U.K. and I'm pretty sure the Patriot sells better in the U.S. and possibly also in Canada.

        The Compass may look more like a soft-roader than the Patriot, and it definitely looks better from the front than the last-gen Compass did, but the sides still don't look quite right and that bulging rear wheel housing still doesn't work with the hidden rear door handle. It works as an overall design, but just barely.

        I can't see how it can be worth more than a Patriot as-is. The only way I'd buy it over a Patriot is if they give it the new dual-clutch from Fiat but don't give Patriot the transmission.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Folks - why is it so hard to see the big picture?

      since this car first came out years ago, the game has changed. With the incredibly successful/award winning/high volume sales of the new 2011 Grand Cherokee, they are reworking this Compass to simply be a "mini Grand Cherokee".

      Theyve replaced the most hanieous front end ever with a tasteful tribute to the GC, which instantly transformed this thing into a little GC. Add to that off road capability like they're doing, and essentially you've got a less expensive alternative to the GC while feeling very much like they're part of the same line.

      ANd - for those of you geniuses who are complaining about the c-pillar 9probably the same folks who are commenting on the 200's c-pillar) for the LAST TIME, these updates are MID-CYCLE refreshes! Which means they update what they can within the same structure. Once they start changing the structure of the frame, they are entering into brand new car territory, which they did not have the time or money to do this year.

      In two years you will see full blown replacements for many of these models, and based on the miracles they've pulled off with these updates, i think we can expect some really exciting, quality product down the pike.

      (ps - stop hating on the domestics. it is in ALL of our best interests that these companies do well. so if you are not particularly enamored with a car or design, please don't try to dissuade OTHERS from buying it by ripping it apart.
        • 4 Years Ago
        AMEN GF!!! Well said man!
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Doug: it's not just the domestics that have product overlap... just look at Toyota and their whole CUV and SUV line-up... Rav4 vs Highlander vs 4Runner. Sequoia vs Land Cruiser. The domestics generally are worse about product overlap *cough* GM *cough* than the imports though.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Jeep needs to combine the Liberty,Patriot and compass into one CUV offer a 4 and a Pentastar. It needs to be round and curvy like the old liberty that actually would sell
        • 4 Years Ago
        Call it the Cherokee, base it on the Fiat C-evo platform, and retro style it after the original Cherokee. Give it a 2 door, and give it the 1.8 Di T-Jet 16V engine with 197 hp.Pritce it at $20,000
        I think a nice addition to theJeep line would be a mordern interpretation of the Jeepster based on the Fiat Panda. Give it the 1.4 16v engine with 99 hp, and give it a soft top version. Price it at $12,000
      • 4 Years Ago
      Move the CUV'sSoftroaders to Dodge and let Jeep focus on off-roaders only.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Could someone photoshop that rear window and flip it? How is that constantly ignored.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm surprised they gave this treatment to the Compass, and not to the more traditionally Jeep-y Patrioit
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ugliest. Jeep. Evar.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It can't be ignored when you try to look out of it, visibility out back is horrible.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well, it is a Jeep. Jeeps are supposed to be off-road capable. Now please, give us a new Cherokee with a solid front and rear.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Unless this thing has a completely redone interior and a new powertrain, they aren't going to sell ANY at $20,000. They hardly sold any before even with the updated interior for $4,000 less.

      The Patriot is a far better deal for an equally lackluster (but improved) vehicle.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'd really like to know why I was downrated for stating something that is pretty much fact.

        The last Compass didn't sell at all and it was set at an awesome price point. How would someone expect this to sell for much more but all that has changed really is the front end?

        The Patriot is the better deal, like it or lump it.
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