We never thought France was extraordinarily fond of the Jeep, but Chrysler has seen fit to bring two Jeep concepts – the Patriot Back Country and the Compass Overland – to the 2008 Paris motor show.
Granted, as both consist mostly of trim and equipment modifications, they’re more akin to SEMA vehicles, not the typical one-off concept cars usually found at international auto shows.; That said, Jeep hopes both crossovers will call attention to their interiors, which are freshly revamped for 2009.
Of the pair, the Patriot Back Country appears most modified.; Jeep says it’s supposed to “exude a fresh, youthful appeal,” primarily by way of its vibrant green hue.; A similar color is found inside, notably on the seat inserts, which also have a tire-tread pattern.; If two-toned leather isn’t “active” enough for you, the Back Country also has mudflaps and a custom roof rack sourced from the Mopar catalog.
Though Jeep says the Compass Overland is merely a prototype, we’re fairly certain it’ll see production.; Like the Overland-badged Grand Cherokee currently available in the States, the Compass Overland is little more than a nicely-trimmed Compass.; Apart from the green paint, Jeep has thrown in embroidered leather seats, and chrome accents on the grille, door sills, and side rub rails.