US 4x4 brand targets Toyota RAV4 with a duo orf road-biased concept cars
8 August 2005

At the weekend we revealed the shape - albeit disguised - of next year's five-door Wrangler, today Jeep has released these official sketches of a pair of new concepts that will be shown at next month’s Frankfurt motor show.

They are currently only concepts, but it won’t be long before both become reality and Jeep has not one but two Toyota RAV4 rivals on the way with the Compass Rallye and Patroit. The 4x4 brand is effectively splitting in two directions, known internally as Jeep Modern and Jeep Rugged. These two new concepts fall into the former category, more on-road biased machines aimed at a younger, less gender-specific buyers than the traditionally older, male-dominated profile of the Cherokee in particular.

Jeep has long been hinting at moves to extend its range down below the Cherokee, and these vehicles are particularly timely given the wave of anti-large 4x4 sentiment sweeping both Europe and the United States. Expect both models to boost the 4x4 manufacturer's range in production form in around two years time.

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