Spy photog Chris Doane caught some new shots of the Jeep Compass — Jeep's version of the neon-replacing Dodge Caliber — during road testing. A five-passenger crossover, the Compass will use Chrysler's new small-car platform, which provides for all-wheel drive, though AWD it will be available on the Jeep as an option. Jeep has been threatening to broaden the appeal of its line beyond, er, jeeps, for a while. Still, the Compass seems like a huge, and unnecessary, gamble for the Chrysler-owned brand, which defines itself on "Trail Rated" sensibilities. Trailing its parent brand in weak-kneed cars doesn't seem to be what they had in mind.
Spy Shots: 07 Jeep Compass [The Car Connection]