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Early Look: Chrysler Nassau, Jeep Trailhawk

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Early Look: Chrysler Nassau, Jeep Trailhawk Concepts

From LeftLaneNews:

"DaimlerChrysler today released official sketches of the forthcoming Jeep Trailhawk and Chrysler Nassau concepts. Both vehicles will be on display at the Detroit auto show in January.

The Chrysler Nassau concept is a four-door, four-passenger luxury coupe — effectively a counterpart to sister brand Mercedes' CLS-Class four-door coupe. The exterior design 'leans toward an exploration as to what could be a future sedan in the brand's lineup,' the company says.

Meanwhile, the Jeep Trailhawk 'merges the spectrum of the Jeep brand by combining the core features of the Jeep Wrangler with the sophistication of the Jeep Grand Cherokee.' It is based on the all-new 2007 Wrangler architecture."

Chrysler Nassau:

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Jeep Trailhawk:

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[The Bottom Line: Sorry about the Compass and Sebring.]

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Whoa hot. At least in sketch form. I wanna see them for real.

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Kill the Sebring, build the Nassau just like the concept. Kill the Compass and build the Trailhawk.

Who's with that motion? I am. Replace underwhelming with cars that actually fit the brand. They should get here for the 2009 calendar year and no later.

The new Sebring can't even hold a candle to the new Malibu. If DCX wants to stand a chance, they had better build the Nassau and build it ASAP. I don't need a reason for killing the Compass.

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The Nassau, on a smaller-than-LX RWD/AWD platform, would surely cast a glow on Chrysler's lineup.

I love the part about the Trailhawk being on the Wrangler platform. That means straight axles might still stand a chance at Jeep on something other than the iconic, seminal model we all know and admire.

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Dear Chrysler,

Stop making more Jeeps and try selling the ones you already assembled.

Signed,

Everyone

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I actually saw a Compass on the road in LA the other day...and honestly in person it looks good. Would I own one? Hell no...but it looks 10,000,000x better in person.

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I actually saw a Compass on the road in LA the other day...and honestly in person it looks good.  Would I own one?  Hell no...but it looks 10,000,000x better in person.

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So it has 0.1% appeal in person as opposed to 0.00000001% appeal? Good to know.

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I actually saw a Compass on the road in LA the other day...and honestly in person it looks good.  Would I own one?  Hell no...but it looks 10,000,000x better in person.

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How many aerosol cans had you huffed at that point in the day?

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And these look good. Can't wait to see them for real. And the interiors. haha

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I kept looking at that Chrysler Nassau. And it looked so familiar.

No one will believe me, but I did a sketch when the 300 came out that looked just like this.

As for Trailhawk...meh. <_< Dodge Nitro in disguise?

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Dear Chrysler,

Stop making more Jeeps and try selling the ones you already assembled.

Signed,

Everyone

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Dear Chrysler,

Nobody will ever be happy with what you do with Jeep.....so, please just do whatever you have to to make money, so that you can continue to sell a badass vehicle like the Wrangler.

Signed,

Me

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2000 Chrysler Nassau

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This was a concept that was never really shown to the public. It was a design exercise that became the 2005 300C. It now on display in the Chrysler Museum.

Maybe "Nassau" is code for what the next 300 will be?? :huh:

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2000 Chrysler Nassau

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This was a concept that was never really shown to the public.  It was a design exercise that became the 2005 300C.  It now on display in the Chrysler Museum.

Maybe "Nassau" is code for what the next 300 will be??  :huh:

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Nassau is the 2nd LX to use the Challenger's shortened wheelbase. They're going to keep the Brampton plant running full speed thru model changeovers....

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The Trailhawk is cool. The Nassau doesn't do a whole lot for me, though.

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How many aerosol cans had you huffed at that point in the day?

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You guys are being too hard on him. Obviously that style has to apeal to some people otherwise it would have never been designed... Jeep should keep their chin up though because there are a s#!t-load of Americans with poor taste. :scratchchin:

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I like both. I wouldn't be surprised if that was the next 300.

Since the Nassau is a "luxury" sedan, I don't think the Sebring has anything to worrry about haha.

As for the compass, it DOES look better in real life, especially from behind, but I'd still take a Caliber, not taht I want either. HHR pour moi s'il vous plait.

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Nassau is the 2nd LX to use the Challenger's shortened wheelbase. They're going to keep the Brampton plant running full speed thru model changeovers....

You have some insight on this? There's a lot of debate as to whether CG is going to spin a SWB sedan on the LY. The 'bring is another loser for them, and the LX remains a good product. A smaller, slightly cheaper RWD/AWD offering would work well.

The folks at CG won't comment--you know something?

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I really don't want to see the Nassau become the NG 300. It lacks, well, the bold presence the current one has. It's better off as a Sebring replacement on a smaller, LY-based structure.

If the Liberty looks like the Trailhawk, I'll have some hope that that product will be more than a Nitro with a seven-slot grille.

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The Nassau wouldn't be bad in place of the Sebring.

Then again, there's not much that wouldn't look better than the Sebring.

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Nassau is the 2nd LX to use the Challenger's shortened wheelbase. They're going to keep the Brampton plant running full speed thru model changeovers....

You have some insight on this?  There's a lot of debate as to whether CG is going to spin a SWB sedan on the LY.  The 'bring is another loser for them, and the LX remains a good product.  A smaller, slightly cheaper RWD/AWD offering would work well.

The folks at CG won't comment--you know something?

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According to conversations I've had with an insider, part of the Challenger program includes linking its development to a second product...this may be it.

Bear in mind that the Japanese transplants have, generally, maximized the output of their factories by running intervals for related product. For instance, the CRV, Civic and Element can all be built on the same line. By adding newer product (generally with higher sales in years 1 & 2) to the same line, you 'make up' for the lower demand for the other product on that line...

In this case, the LY's will be out after the Challenger...but the Challenger has been pegged as a 50K unit max, so another platform mate would be logical. DCX has made it clear that all future products will have to share platforms more extensively, hence the Durango/Aspen, Liberty/Nitro, Wrangler/Trailhawk where you haven't seen these classes sharing platforms before. My boss went to the dealer long lead preview this Summer and indicated that there are a number of wild projects that may bear fruit. I believe the Trailhawk is the first of those previewed vehicles. The Nassau 4 door coupe makes sense as the CLS on MB's development calendar as early as 01.

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