The Jeep Compass, a small, entry-level SUV shown at the 2001 Detroit auto show, has been given the green light, dealers learned at the Chrysler-Jeep make meeting.
The Compass will be priced just more than $15,000 to make it marketable to buyers in their early 20s. Dealers weren't told when the Compass will go on sale.
Bill McSkimming, the new Chrysler-Jeep dealer council chairman, told dealers that the Jeep Scrambler, a derivative of the Wrangler with a pickup bed, and a Grand Cherokee with three rows of seats, will be produced within 2½ years.
The announcement wasn't enough to quell the concerns of some dealers.
"They have been telling us the same thing every year for the past few years about expanding the range," one dealer said, "and I've been selling the same three vehicles for 12 years while our competitors just keep adding new SUVs."
McSkimming said the dealers also were told about new incentives, which include a lease pull-ahead and minivan program with a $3,000 rebate and up to $1,500 in dealer cash.