Jeep Patriot and Initial-gen Compass are Really Dead 2018 Wrangler Information Leaked

2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited red

Amid all the hand wringing and social media sobbing more than the celebrities we’ve lost in 2016, no 1 thought to mention the Jeep Compass and Patriot — sturdy-promoting, cost-effective yet archaic autos that have been loathed by the automotive press.

Properly, the decade-old twins are dead. Gone. Finito. Pushing up daisies. The Toledo Blade reports that the Patriot and Compass ceased production on December 23, paving the way for a significantly-enhanced second-generation global Compass.

Whilst the new, bigger Compass prepares for its launch, the next-generation of the Jeepiest of all Jeeps — the 2018 Wrangler — remains heavily shrouded. We’ve seen specifics leaked about its appearance and drivetrain, but Fiat Chrysler Automobiles remains silent on a production timeline. Properly, always count on a union representative to spill some beans.

According to the Blade, FCA’s Toledo assembly plant will cease production of the Jeep Cherokee in early April to make way for the subsequent-gen Wrangler. The move is part of a larger game of production musical chairs that is only just begun. A six-month shutdown follows the Cherokee’s Toledo exit, throughout which time the plant will retool for physique-on-frame assembly.

Bruce Baumhower, president of United Auto Workers Local 12, told the Blade that production of the 2018 Wrangler will commence in November. Pre-productions models must seem “much earlier.”

As the plant gears up for the new Wrangler, production of the current model should continue uninterrupted, Baumhower said. He added that the current generation must see production wrap up in March 2018. Soon after that, the line will convert to next-gen Wrangler pickup production — a shadowy model that has played a starring role in the fevered dreams of Jeep aficionados for years.

When out of Toledo, Cherokee production moves to the Belvidere, Illinois facility not too long ago vacated by the Heaven-bound Patriot and Compass. Retooling is currently underway at that plant, UAW officials claim.

(H/T to Tom!)

[Image: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles]

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Jeep Patriot* Is TTAC’s 2016 Worst Automobile These days (And Here Are the Other Nine Losers)

2016 Jeep Patriot 75th Anniversary Edition, Image: Jeep

It’s a Dodge Caliber festooned with a seven slot grille and boxy proportions. It exists for no other purpose than to leverage the brand equity built up by decades of Jeep heritage. The Patriot*, according to your nominations, our writers, and your votes is — by far — TTAC’s 2016 Worst Automobile Nowadays.

Right after all the votes had been cast, a staggering 66.1 % of you believed the Jeep Patriot to be the worst new car money could get. And, as numerous of you guessed, it is not the only Fiat Chrysler Automobiles solution in the Prime ten.

A triumvirate consisting of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Mercedes-Benz, and Mitsubishi are responsible for seven of TTAC’s 2016 Ten Worst Automobiles Today. As Mazda comes close to cleaning house in the Very best list, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles takes 1st, 2nd, and 4th in the Worst list.

Here are the remaining losers in reverse order.

2015 Toyota Yaris, Image: Toyota

10th Place: Toyota Yaris

Who knew that Toyota, one of largest automakers in the world that didn’t get caught cheating its way previous emissions regulations, would have an entry on the worst list, even though the cheater would take the 10th spot on the Best list?

Personally, I don’t recognize the hatred for the Yaris. It’s a subcompact automobile that does subcompact automobile issues in ways that subcompact automobiles must do them. But, right here it is because 36.5 % of you decided it need to be here.

Maybe I need to have to drive one particular once more. Or possibly I do not.

Mercedes-AMG CLA 45

9th Spot: Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class (such as AMG)

In contrast to the Yaris, vitriol aimed at Mercedes-Benz’s cheapest (in every sense of the word) model is anything I can get behind. In all, 40.three % of you agreed with Jack Baruth.

In front-wheel-drive spec, the CLA is a torque-steer monster when it really doesn’t need to have to be. Automatic Honda Civics from 1992 can shift gears with much more aplomb than this A-Class in drag. It’s an afront to the tri-star, which sits front and center with all the tact of Flavor Flav’s huge neck-hung clock.

If a friend asks you if they ought to obtain a CLA, say no. If they do it anyway, get a new pal. It’s that basic.

2015 BMW X6M, Image: © 2015 Aaron Cole/The Truth About Cars

8th Place: BMW X6 (such as X6 M)

BMW will discover itself on the wrong side of our Ten Greatest and Worst this year thanks to the X6 and its aspiration-with no-objective styling.

Even although the X6 M — with its brutal 4.four-liter, twin turbocharged V8 very good for 567 horsepower — is much more than able to place a smile on the face of even the most discerning enthusiast, there’s 1 function you just cannot get behind: its sloping rear buttock.

40.eight percent of you thought mentioned buttock deserved flogging.

2016 Chevrolet Trax LTZ, Image: General Motors

7th Place: Chevrolet Trax

Chevrolet’s subcompact crossover is the result of GM designers watching “Breaking Bad” and coming to the conclusion that a new Aztek would be a really great idea.

Okay, perhaps the Trax isn’t that horrible to look at, but the its 1.four-liter turbocharged engine is underpowered to put it lightly, an concern somewhat rectified by the new Buick Encore.

Speaking of the Encore, somehow it avoided this list. 46.8 percent of you thought the Chevrolet Trax was the worst vehicle presented by General Motors right now, as opposed to the only 30.1 % that thought the Encore deserved to be fired into the nearest Chinese steel mill.

2015 Mitsubishi Mirage ES, Image: Mitsubishi

6th Spot: Mitsubishi Mirage

Have you ever partied so tough that the next morning you find a baleen whale in your bed and a credit-card balance that dangerously approaches your overall credit limit? Some of us would right away take a shower and try to discover a second job to proper those wrongs. Others console themselves by purchasing autos with their remaining credit. The vehicle they purchase: the Mitsubishi Mirage.

Here’s the dilemma with the Mirage: modern day subcompact automobiles want not be dreadful penalty boxes, however the Mirage is. An underpowered 3-cylinder engine sends double-digit horsepower to the front wheels. It’s saddled with a continuously variable transmission if you have neither the want nor the mental implies to shift gears oneself. And even in its most prime spec, the alloy wheels wouldn’t be out of location in a Pep Boys clearance aisle. 47.1 % of voters say “Mirage: not even as soon as.”

(We know the Mirage is not technically accessible for the 2016 model year, but there was a 2015 model and there will be a newly restyled 2017 model. Exceptions have been produced.)

2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV, Image: i-MiEV

5th Spot: Mitsubishi i-MiEV

Apply every little thing mentioned above about the Mirage to Mitsubishi’s electric automobile, but make one particular very essential alter: the Mitsubishi i-MiEV isn’t cheap (in the transactional sense if you buy one particular new at MSRP). 50.four percent of voters agree.

Go acquire a Leaf.

2016 Fiat 500L, Image: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

4th Place: Fiat 500L

In the show “The Walking Dead”, Michonne has two pet zombies that have been freed of their reduced jaws so as to neuter their desire to kill and eat humans. The Fiat 500L is the automotive visual equivalent of those zombies, which sports a style that neuters its desire to find willing buyers.

The 500L tries to trick men and women into pondering it is a fun little runabout with a cutesy demeanor. In reality, it is a Fiat Panda with awkward sheetmetal built in at former Yugo plant in present-day Serbia.

2015 Smart ForTwo, Image: Smart

3rd Spot: Intelligent Fortwo

The preceding-generation Intelligent Fortwo was so undesirable that, we think, the majority of respondents of our poll have been in fact voting against the old auto and not the new a single. It doesn’t aid that there’s been small advertising and marketing to increase the image of the new Fortwo, shown above, which we don’t feel is practically as horrible as its predecessor.

Nevertheless, the reality remains that city vehicles just do not do well in America. Americans are massive. American cities are massive (as in spread out). Road trips are huge (as in lengthy). And Americans tend to acquire big items that require big automobiles to cart about. In addition, Americans don’t like big price tags for tiny vehicles, no matter how clever they could be. (Don’t forget the Scion iQ? Neither do I.)

55.eight percent of you believe the Fortwo (no matter whether it be the new model or the earlier car with the kidney-punishing transmission) is one particular of the Ten Worst Automobiles Right now.

(Daimler: Why don’t you send this back to Europe and bring the Forfour here rather?)

2015 Dodge Journey Crossroad, Image: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

2nd Location: Dodge Journey

The Dodge Journey is a remnant of prior indiscretions made by DaimlerChrysler and Cerberus, but it chugs along as three-row marketing fodder in regional papers for $ 16,995 (or what ever the price is that week once thousands of dollars in incentives are applied).

For a multitude of factors, the Dodge Journey is the worst 3-row car money can purchase from a new automobile dealer. You’re far better off getting a used Hyundai Santa Fe and shelling out for the extended warranty. Or acquiring a Caravan. Or a employed Econoline. Or nothing just sell off your youngsters and take away the require for such a vehicle in your life.

Last and kinda-sorta least

* Yes, there’s an asterisk. Why? Since the Patriot, even even though it handily won (lost?) this competitors as the worst automobile in America for the 2016 model year, probably wouldn’t be in very first place had we not eliminated the Jeep Compass from the get-go.

2014 Jeep Compass Limited, Image: Jeep

Before we 1st announced the resurrected and refreshed Ten Worst Automobiles These days, we teased the reality that the Compass was nominated ten years ago as a single of the worst sacks of platform-prostituted garbage money could acquire. It is still true these days. The Compass is mostly sold on price, not substance, and is the antithesis of what any Jeep should be. A lot of of the very same complaints can be levied against the Patriot, but at least the Patriot looks a bit a lot more like a Jeep.

So, with out additional ado, TTAC is announcing a Lifetime Achievement Award to the Jeep Compass for comprehensive incompetence from birth to present day.

And this is where you come in: this award wants a name! Hit up the comments to offer your ideas. A winner will be picked sometime this week.

[Pictures: Yaris, Toyota Mercedes-AMG CLA45, Daimler BMW X6M, © 2015 Aaron Cole/The Truth About Vehicles Chevrolet Trax, General Motors Mirage and i-MiEV, Mitsubishi Jeep Patriot, Jeep Compass, Fiat 500L and Dodge Journey, FCA Smart Fortwo, Daimler]

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