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Chrysler's New Jeep Compass

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On: Wed, Dec 15, 2010 at 10:53AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


Chrysler's New Jeep Compass

There are some sure signs that the holidays are upon us; in the automotive world that means that many new autos will be unveiled in showrooms across the country. There is no denying the fact that this is the time of the year when new models begin rolling out, some of which may end up with jumbo red ribbons sitting in driveways on Christmas morning. Chrysler is getting into the spirit by unwrapping their new, revamped Jeep Compass. One glance and you’ll see why this car is going to make it on to a lot of wish lists.

The 2011 Compass could be referred to as the Jeep Grand Cherokee's little brother. Although the Compass might borrow some styling ideas from the Cherokee, it is still truly its own model. With the 2011 Compass, the designers have provided a new hood, new front fenders, new front fascia, new headlamps, and a new grille. Let’s face it, there’s a lot that’s new!

Classified as a compact utility vehicle, the Jeep Compass should be making its first American showroom appearance later this month. It’s all part of a powerhouse roll out of revamped Chrysler cars and trucks. There’s a reason why the 2011 Jeep Compass borrows from the redesigned Jeep Grand Cherokee in July: because it works.

“Combined with new interior appointments, and refinements to the suspension and steering systems, Jeep Compass provides consumers the ultimate combination of styling, capability, fuel economy, efficiency, safety and value in the important compact-SUV segment,” Mike Manley, Chrysler’s president and CEO of Chrysler’s Jeep brand, said in a statement.

The new features on the Compass don’t stop with the restyling of the body. This line is also supported with 17-inch wheels. Buyers will also get to pick between two distinct types of engines: A 2.0-liter, 158-horsepower four-cylinder or a 2.4-liter 172-horsepower four-cylinder. Either way the new Compass offers an impressive 23 miles per gallon in the city, and 29 on the highway with a five-speed manual transmission. All Jeep models will be offered with an option of a diesel engine.

Of course, driving a Jeep can also provide a lot of off-road fun and the Compass is no exception. There is an optional 4x4 package with a 2,000-pound towing capacity, which harks back to the origins of the Jeep. As described by the Army in 1942, the Jeep was “A four-wheel drive vehicle of one-half- to one-and-one-half-ton capacity for reconnaissance or other army duty.” For its debut, they actually drove a Jeep up the steps of the Capitol Building in Washington.


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Johnny V | 10:15PM (Wed, Dec 15, 2010)

looks almost like the Grand Cherokee


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imwithcoco | 6:30PM (Mon, Dec 20, 2010)

Much better than the last Compass.



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