Auto Shows: 2017 Jeep Compass First Look: Stakes are High for This Jeep Compact Crossover

Los Angeles Auto Show 2016: Again, It's All About The CUVs

  Los Angeles Auto Show 2016: Again, It's All About The CUVs 2017 Mazda CX-5 Image courtesy of Mazda North America Automobility LA, formerly known as the Los Angeles auto show, kicks off for media and industry types tomorrow; the show opens to the public on Friday, November 18, 2016. While there are always auto show surprises yet to be revealed, here’s an []Automobility LA, formerly known as the Los Angeles auto show, kicks off for media and industry types tomorrow; the show opens to the public on Friday, November 18, 2016. While there are always auto show surprises yet to be revealed, here’s an overview of what I expect to see this week.

Compact crossover sales are booming globally, up about 15 percent in 2015 to a shade under 2 million units here in the U.S., with 5-plus-million buyers queuing up around the globe each year. Jeep's twin offerings in this class, the yin Compass and yang Patriot, are way overdue for replacement, and a single model dubbed Compass will attempt to lure both boys and girls starting late this year or early the next as a 2017 model. It will be based on FCA's new "small-wide 4x4" Renegade architecture, stretched almost 8 inches in length on a 2.4-inch longer wheelbase (it ends up about 2 inches shorter in length than a Patriot, but about the same width and height). The Renegade quickly grabbed the sales lead in the subcompact CUV segment and the Compass will be expected to greatly improve FCA's compact CUV ranking from the elderly Com-Patriot twins' current sixth-place.

2016 Los Angeles Auto Show Hits, Misses and Revelations

  2016 Los Angeles Auto Show Hits, Misses and Revelations LOS ANGELES, California – We admit, the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show turned out to be more relevant than expected, though we could have done without the whole day full of “Automobility” conferences, which consisted primarily of Silicon Valley types showing off their latest apps. Seriously, when did the automotive business go from dying off as millennials gushed over the latest smartphones to becoming the big cash cow potentially saving every Tom, Dick, and Chipmaker from bankruptcy?Thankfully, press days two and three offered only the following cornucopia of automotive delights, disappointments and dissonance.See more from the L.A.

Because Jeep is regarded as an aspirational brand globally, and C-segment utes are regarded as big luxuries in most other countries, the Jeep Compass has been styled not to look cheerful like the Renegade, but sleeker and more upscale, with design cues lifted from the Cherokee (which is almost exactly 8 inches longer still), and ample chrome bedazzling available on top models. Big-boy features like adaptive cruise control, lane-departure assist, parallel and perpendicular parking assist, a power liftgate, a two-panel sunroof, an electric parking brake, available high-def screens for the instrument cluster (up to 7.0 inches) and infotainment (up to 8.4 inches), and a full Uconnect telematics package are offered. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Beats Audio also join the options list.

2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 First Test: Brute Squad Goals

  2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 First Test: Brute Squad Goals Raising Hell, Killing Tires, and Feeling the HeatSuch is the extreme nature of the latest, probably greatest, and without question most powerful Camaro the Bow Tie brand has ever sold to the public. Unlike the obvious competition (Chevy's looking at you, Hellcat), the ZL1 isn't simply extreme for extreme's sake. The Camaro team gave the sixth-generation Camaro all flavors of performance enhancers for a reason. Three of them, actually: Camaro boss Al Oppenheiser wanted the ZL1 to be the best ponycar on the drag strip, on a canyon road, and on the racetrack.

Sport, Latitude, Trailhawk, and Limited trim levels will be sold with four interior design themes: Urbex, for urban explorers (dark with tan and "light diesel" accents), Trailhawk (black with red accents), Sand Surfing (sand color with black accents), and Alpine (ski gray with black and red accents). The fourth-gen Uconnect system includes Apple Car Play, Android Auto, and a choice of 5.0-, 7.0-, or 8.4-inch pinch/zoomable touchscreens. Another cool feature is the rear cargo-area floor panel, which can be positioned level with the bumper and folded rear seatbacks, or at one of two lower positions that expand cargo capacity when there's no flat tire or compact spare tire underneath (the spare will likely be optional).

2017 Jeep Compass Trailhawk front three quarter 01© Motor Trend Staff 2017 Jeep Compass Trailhawk front three quarter 01

Motivation will come from a 2.4-liter Tigershark MultiAir2 engine with auto start/stop that's good for 180 hp and 174 lb-ft of torque bolted to a six-speed automatic in front-drive models, or a nine-speed automatic with Jeep's fully disconnecting "Active Drive" or "Active Drive Low" all-wheel-drive systems. A six-speed manual will also be available with either drivetrain. Towing capacity is capped at 2,000 pounds. The light, stiff unibody is comprised of 65 percent high-strength steel and the four-wheel strut suspension design is shared with the Renegade, but with unique springs, dampers, and bushings to suit the larger, more luxe Compass.

Jeep Pickup, Wagoneer, Grand Wagoneer Investment Confirmed

  Jeep Pickup, Wagoneer, Grand Wagoneer Investment Confirmed Putting speculation to rest, FCA announced today it is spending $1 billion to retool plants in Michigan and Ohio to make the Jeep Wagoneer, Grand Wagoneer, and a Jeep pickup by 2020. The move adds 2,000 jobs in the U.S. at plants in Warren, Mich., and Toledo, Ohio. It is part of a massive reorganization of what FCA makes and where, a plan announced in January 2016 that is being executed over a number of years. This is part of the second phase and reflects FCA's emphasis on trucks and SUVs as it downsizes its car lineup.

Trailhawk variants will get the usual treatment: a 1-inch suspension lift good for 19 inches of deep-water fording, a shorter axle ratio to provide a 20:1 creeper overall first gear ratio, tow hooks, unique 17-inch wheels with knobbier tires, and fascias designed to improve the approach and departure angles for extreme off-roading. All global markets will get the Trailhawk, perhaps with one of the other four engines offered where gas costs more. All Compass 4x4s get the Jeep Selec-Terrain system, with up to five modes (Auto, Snow, Sand and Mud modes, plus Rock mode on Trailhawks)

If Jeep achieves its goal of doubling global sales to 2 million plus by the next decade, it'll be the Renegade and the Compass that get most of the credit (Compass will be sold in more than 100 countries around the world, with production coming from Brazil, China, Mexico, and India). We look forward to assessing this new compact ute's chances at boosting those sales. Stay tuned.

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2017 Chicago Auto Show Hits, Misses & Revelations .
<p>Big-shouldered trucks, cool hatchbacks and de-chromed editions</p>Mostly trucks, if you include sport/utility vehicles. The new 2018 Ford Expedition is the biggest story because it's an all-new model, though it first appeared a couple of days earlier at the Dallas Cowboys' new training facility. Toyota also showed a couple of new TRD Sport trucks and Nissan completed its second-generation Titan line by showing the new Titan and Titan XD King Cab. Herewith, our impressions from the show held at McCormick Place through February 20.

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