Odd, front-wheel drive base model Jeep Compass, greets its second-cousin, once removed, ancestor, the long-defunct Eagle brand, and the result is this little hipster pickup with precious little cargo room and even less off-road traction, the Jeep Eagle Compass Cute/Ute Pickup Thingy. But it's damn attractive!
C H O P — Sometimes the mouse clicks and drags wherever the mouse wants to click and drag. I started with a photo of the 2007 Jeep Compass, a Jeep in name only. Its platform is more closely related to a Dodge Neon than it is to any "Trail-rated" puddle- and tree-jumper Jeep. The fwd Compass MAY have drawn an additional 12 people into Jeep showrooms, but no one took names so I don't believe it.
Photoshop allows me to create cute little vehicles, without any consideration of platform capability or production numbers or any practical considerations at all. The long-gone Eagle brand was created by the equally long-gone automobile manufacturer, American Motors Company. Eagle actually soldiered on for a couple of years after AMC ceased to exist, having been absorbed into the Chrysler company, but was never more than a Hornet or Gremlin in tippy-toe all-wheel drive drag. The Compass, and its more sanely-styled Patriot brother, are really more akin to an Eagle than a Jeep, so I thought it would behoove Chrysler to rebrand the cars as Eagles. What says 'buy me now' more than a small pickup truck with a three-foot bed, front-wheel drive, macho side cladding, suicide doors, and a cute smiling face? And the slotted roofrack is PERFECT for that off-roading necessity, a new Tempur-Pedic mattress from Bed, Bath & Beyond!
I started this chop a few years ago, when the Compass was first introduced. Checking out Woody's Car Site last night, I saw he posted a piece on the updated Compass coming out shortly. When I saw the press photo of the original Compass there, the same original I used for this chop, I was reminded of my little pickup chop. I opened up the file from the archives, and spent a couple of hours updating it and "fixing" several errors in the original chop, making it even cuter than it was, lol. So thank you for jogging my memory, Woody! Check out Woody's post here.