a Jeep competitor to the Subaru Impreza WRX hatchback. I want all-wheel drive, turbo-charged 4-cyl., lightweight, Jeep hard edged retro styling, minimalist options. This wouldn't be a hard-core off-road rig, but an all-purpose, do-it-all daily driver.
Does Jeep have anything in the works that even vaugely resembles that description?????????
99' TJ Gunmetal Blue Sport /w D30 No-Slip/D44 Trac-Loc, 5spd, 2" susp./1" body, 33"MT/R's/AR767's, Durabak, Currie, Warn
07' WK Silver 5.7 QD2, Bilsteins & front strut plates.
Wait for about 2013. The upcoming mini-Jeep is going to be aiming squarely at the new Mini Coutryman, and the styling is taking heavy hints from the Wrangler and the Countryman-based Mini Beachcomber concept.
Expect FWD/AWD, respectable but not amazing ground clearance (For its class), a diesel engine and 40-ish MPG.
"Buying a Jeep for on-road handling is like downloading porn to savor the cinematography."
Ive suggested this myself. The Caliber SRT-4 had about 285 hp from the factory (before you start tweaking it) and paird with the Compass' awd and the Rallye kit wouldve made for a a badass rally car. AND it wouldve meant for a respectable Compass...
You know a while ago I posted something like this. The guys over in the JK section basicly made fun of the idea and talked down on me from their 4 door JKU's
Originally Posted by WillysGSR
Smart business for Jeep would be to take the Compass or Patriot and turn it into a Rally car. Now there is an untapped market that could compete with the WRX or Evo.
Originally Posted by molshove
right, because in order to compete with the wrx, as a rally car, Jeep would have to completely rebrand - that's an easy, inexpensive, and realistic task.
We aren't talking about hypotheticals here...we're talking about 5 model years of success, an already proven good choice.
I'm still in awe that the guy who thinks JKUs are dumb and a horrible choice wants to use a compass as a rally car
In my opinion, yes. A CJ/Wrangler style as been 2 doors for over 60 years. I understand why they made them and why people buy them but it doesn't make me agree with the decision. A rally style Jeep would just be another off-road type vehicle niche to fill.