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 |  May 19 2011, 9:46 AM

According to a published report; Chrysler’s Ram division is planning to build a light-duty pickup using its minivan architecture around 2013-2014.

The new truck takes aim at buyers who want the utility of a pickup, but don’t need the inherent toughness and capability of full-size rigs. Utilizing a smaller, unibody platform will also help improve fuel economy over the likes of the Ram 1500.

This new minivan based pickup, much like Honda’s Ridgeline, will feature a front-drive layout and although reports have yet to be confirmed, it’s likely some kind of all-wheel drive system will be offered.

Dubbed the TR Life Style truck, Chrysler projects it’s Ram division to sell between 15,000 to 20,000 units annually (for the record, the Ridgeline sold 16,142 copies last year, a drop of two percent from 2009).

Along with the rest of Chrysler’s minivan range, the TR will be assembled at the Windsor, Ontario plant and, according to Doug Shepard, editor of Automotive Compass’ weekly report, the truck is “an insurance policy that the plant will continue on three shifts at full capacity.”

Yet despite the existence of the report, Chrysler, at least officially, isn’t saying much at this time, only that the idea of a mid-size pickup is being “considered.”

[Source: Toronto Star]

 |  Dec 14 2010, 12:06 AM

For the first time ever, Jeep‘s entry-level Compass will become ‘Trail Rated,’ with the introduction of a revised 2011 model.

This hallowed designation results from a one inch increase in ride height on Compass models equipped with Freedom Drive II, plus adopting rebound springs that are shared with the 2011 Grand Cherokee.

In addition, the 2011 Compass adopts a more ‘grown up’ front fasica giving it more than a passing resemblance to big brother Grand Cherokee (a 2010 model is show as no official images were available at post time).

In an effort to improve the vehicle’s appeal, the model lineup has also been simplified for 2011, with the base Compass now sporting a wider array of standard equipment including air conditioning, cruise control, power windows, locks and mirrors.

A new Latitude trim level with a standard CVT transmission also arrives for 2011, while the top of the line Limited sports the CVT, automatic climate control, 18-inch alloy wheels and bright exhaust tip among other things. Jeep has announced that Compass pricing will start at $19,995, with four-wheel drive models beginning at $21,695. Freedom Drive II however, will cost extra.

[Source: Allpar]