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post #1 of 41 Old 01-12-2017, 08:39 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Black Roof: Yay or Nay?

Among the many packages and options available on the 2018+ Compass, a Black Roof will be one of them. If you've been drooling over the pictures as much as I have you'll notice your own reasons for and against it.

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post #2 of 41 Old 01-12-2017, 09:00 PM
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I turned my Compass into the TrueNorth concept. The only thing I haven't done is the black grille and black roof. I SOOOOO want to. I think it looks mean.
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I am not fond of black on a vehicle. But on a roof, you could literally fry bacon on it in the summer sun.

Not for me or anyone who might lean up against it with a cool one. Serious burns for sure. The sample blue is ok but the deep reds have capture my colour selection.

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post #4 of 41 Old 01-13-2017, 03:15 PM
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I'm completely in love with it. Black roofs on a lot of vehicles look really good, in my opinion of course. Love the contrast of colors and if the paint is layed really well, it almost looks like glass.
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post #5 of 41 Old 01-13-2017, 03:46 PM
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It may get hot in the summer, but a black roof makes looks great on lighter colors like red or white, etc. Gives it a floating roof look, cracking the window a bit in the summer is a small price to pay.
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post #6 of 41 Old 01-13-2017, 07:22 PM
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Even on charcoal gray cars, I find it accentuates the mass of the color wheel very well... or shade wheel.. whatever..
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post #7 of 41 Old 01-16-2017, 04:05 PM Thread Starter
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Oh by the way, although its obvious to some as to WHY you might want a Black Roof, here's a little insight from Jeep on what they had in mind, which might help you connect the dots possibly seeing things you didn't see before:

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post #8 of 41 Old 01-17-2017, 03:17 PM
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The video doesn't really do much for me at all. I just want a black roof because I like black roofs. I feel like that video wasn't really necessary. The designers say they want to try the black roof, engineering thought they were crazy, it turned out great.
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post #9 of 41 Old 01-17-2017, 03:21 PM
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Lol, always funny to hear about different departments butting heads and trying to come to a compromise with new models. Paint operations was probably not happy with the two tone roof decision, but I'm glad they made it work somehow because it does look more premium.
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Looks better on white or grey than orange.

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post #11 of 41 Old 01-18-2017, 02:59 PM
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What it looks better on is really more-so subject to your preferences. But I wonder what the paint process is like when they do a two-tone setup like this.
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post #12 of 41 Old 01-19-2017, 04:02 PM
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I assume it's only a matter of painting the a-pillars, roof panel, rear wing and those plastic bits on either side of the rear window. Perhaps Jeep just paints a bunch of them at the same time and pull them out when needed instead of painting to order.
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post #13 of 41 Old 01-30-2017, 06:54 PM Thread Starter
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Well it's all taking place in an assembly plant so its easier for them to paint the individual parts. Remember this is a high volume product so any way to speed the entire process up without being too hands on is what they should do and probably are doing. If not, that's a lot of money and time being pissed away.
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post #14 of 41 Old 02-07-2017, 03:23 PM
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What I'd like to see is that C-pillar behind the rear window paint black also. that would make the roof look like it's floating starting from the windows.
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I know a lot of automakers are moving towards the blacked out C/D pillars with certain models, but why would Jeep want to conform to everyone else? Don't think it'll work anyways with how the rear window curves, it won't line up with the rear windshield outline.
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I know a lot of automakers are moving towards the blacked out C/D pillars with certain models, but why would Jeep want to conform to everyone else? Don't think it'll work anyways with how the rear window curves, it won't line up with the rear windshield outline.
Its just one of those things car makers and brand in general (not just automotive) follow with every generation of product they release. There are always industry norms to follow and ways to stay relevant. From a design standpoint this is just one of them.

Being such an easy way to add something different to the vehicles appearance and super relevant during this time, its hard to deviate. You don't need to invest millions, bring together R&D teams, road test team, etc. for this, much unlike other roof options.
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That's it right there. The cost is minimal (compared to other changes/modifications) and it's effective. Manufacturers have been doing it for some time and if they're seeing that people enticed by it, why not?
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That's it right there. The cost is minimal (compared to other changes/modifications) and it's effective. Manufacturers have been doing it for some time and if they're seeing that people enticed by it, why not?
What helps to is looking at it from the perspective of it frees them up to use resources elsewhere or to just save it because they did all these cheap things to provide more value upfront and really appeal to the market buying this product.

Many ways to leverage and pull in who they want, and in this segment its easy to see why a visual styling cue like this holds a certain importance.
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My Compass is all black, but I like the contrast the black roof adds to the two-toned models!
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I love the look of the black roof. But after 10,000 miles that I have on my Gen2 Compass Trailhawk I would like to get rid of it.
The black paint just does not hold up well my front pillars and the front area above the windshield is so beat up from bugs and rocks.
With some a good cleaning and good quality paint sealant and wax you can make it look good again for awhile.
I am looking into having a clear wrap done on these areas.

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Looks better on white or grey than orange.

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I beg to differ... our Orange Trailhawk looks awesome with the black roof... will show pics of my Green Latitude with the black roof when it comes in...
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I beg to differ... our Orange Trailhawk looks awesome with the black roof... will show pics of my Green Latitude with the black roof when it comes in...
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I prefer the Black roof...... But not quite enough to pay the extra $695 on my latitude.
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I had to have the black roof on mine. I ended up with a Limited. By the time I added in the options that I wanted the Limited made more financial sense. I LOVE the contrast of the pearl white and the black.
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I had to have the black roof on mine. I ended up with a Limited. By the time I added in the options that I wanted the Limited made more financial sense. I LOVE the contrast of the pearl white and the black.
You're going to love it even more as you start to see more higher end cars have black roofs/floating roofs. In the end most people will see this as being the smartest design feature Jeep has done so far to the Compass.
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We loved it in fact a reason we chose the compass, very classy looking. We got the Pearl White with it.
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Our bright blue looks great with the black roof.

Tough to keep clean though.

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We loved it in fact a reason we chose the compass, very classy looking. We got the Pearl White with it.
Not exactly why I choose the Compass, but in the end it's why I didn't go with a tricked out Renegade or mid range Latitude Cherokee. The price and its goldilock size aside a well optioned Limited Compass with the roof looked like the most elegant solution of the three and that played a part in my decision.
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I think it is the best looking small SUV offered by any manufacturer right now and the black roof is a big part of that success. In looks and interior fit and finish I think it punches above it's price point.

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I personally like the black roof, completes the interior theme as well. We have the dark gray and it looks really good.
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