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Press Release: 2012 Jeep Compass

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On: Tue, Nov 29, 2011 at 10:02AM | By: Peter C Sessler

Press Release: 2012 Jeep Compass

Offering fuel economy of up to 29 mpg highway and unsurpassed 4x4 off-road capability in the compact-SUV segment, the 2012 Jeep Compass features a sophisticated design, with cues coming directly from the brand’s premium icon, the legendary Jeep Grand Cherokee.

New for 2012, the Jeep Compass sports three new exterior colors: True Blue Pearl Coat, Copperhead Pearl Coat and Rescue Green Pearl Coat. Calibration improvements to the available continuously- variable transmission II (CVT2) provide drivers with better launch acceleration, smoother deceleration when coasting from 25 mph, improved pedal responsiveness and reduced engine revolutions per minute (rpm) when accelerating at mid-throttle.

The 2012 Jeep Compass also boasts more than 30 safety and security features, including standard electronic stability program (ESC), electronic roll mitigation, hill-start assist (with manual transmission), side-curtain air bags for all rows and available front-seat-mounted side air bags.

The 2012 Jeep Compass offers an array of clever features consumers will appreciate whether commuting to work, driving in challenging weather conditions, or exploring new trails or out-of-the-way places. Uconnect media center with iPod interface, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, navigation with SIRIUS Travel Link, power sunroof, a premium audio system with nine Boston Acoustic speakers, illuminated cup holders, liftgate speakers and fold-flat rear seats are some of the available cool features that make the Compass the perfect compact SUV, enabling consumers to enjoy any adventure.

The 2012 Jeep Compass is packed with standard features that include air conditioning, power windows, power locks, power/heated exterior mirrors, keyless entry, 17-inch aluminum wheels, fog lamps, cruise control, illuminated cup holders, a removable/rechargeable light, outside temperature display, electronic stability control, front driver and passenger active head restraints, electronic roll mitigation, hill-start assist, all-row side-curtain air bags, anti-lock disc brakes, 60/40 fold-flat rear seat and sunscreen glass.

For 2012, the Jeep Compass continues to offer an All-Weather Capability Group option which includes Goodyear 17-inch all-terrain tires, all-season floor mats, daytime running headlamps, engine block heater and tow hooks.

The Jeep Compass is available in three drivetrain configurations. In addition to the standard front-wheel-drive system, Jeep Compass also is available with Freedom Drive I and the Freedom Drive II Off-Road Package.

Jeep Freedom Drive I is an available full-time, active four-wheel-drive system with lock mode designed to give drivers year-round assurance with the ability to handle rough weather and low-traction conditions.

The Jeep Freedom Drive II Off-Road Package is an available four-wheel-drive system that delivers Jeep Trail Rated capability in Compass form. The Freedom Drive II Off-Road Package includes a second-generation continuously variable transaxle with low range (CVT2L) that engages when the off-road mode is activated, 17-inch all-terrain tires and aluminum wheels, a one-inch raised ride height, a full-size spare tire, skid plates, tow hooks, fog lamps and manual seat height adjuster.

The Compass features a standard 2.0-liter World Engine for the 2012 Jeep Compass Sport and Latitude models that provides 158 horsepower and 141 lb.-ft. of torque coupled with the continuously-variable transmission (CVT2), and delivers excellent 23 mpg in the city, and 29 mpg on the highway when mated to the five-speed manual transmission.

The proven 2.4-liter World Engine produces 172 horsepower and 165 lb.-ft. and is available on all models and standard on the Limited.

The Jeep Compass also features a standard five-speed manual transaxle on the entry-level Compass Sport model and a CVT that is available on the Compass Sport model and standard on the Latitude and Limited models. The Compass’ CVT2 is a second-generation CVT that Chrysler Group engineers calibrated for a pleasing engine response and precise ratio control. CVT2 contributes to a fuel economy improvement of 6 to 8 percent compared with a traditional four-speed automatic. The Compass CVT2 also improves vehicle performance compared with a traditional automatic transaxle because of optimized gear ratios, especially in the 30–60 mph range during passing maneuvers.

The 2012 Jeep Compass also provides up to 2,000 lbs. of towing capacity.

The 2012 Jeep Compass is available in three configurations: Compass Sport, Latitude and Limited. All are available with front-wheel drive, the Freedom Drive I full-time, active 4x4 system or the Freedom Drive II Off-Road Package full-time, active 4x4 system with low-range capability.

Built at the Belvidere Assembly Plant in Belvidere, IL, the 2012 Jeep Compass models will begin arriving in dealer showrooms in the third quarter, 2011.

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dwalter | 10:05AM (Tue, Nov 29, 2011)

The Compass looks so much better with the Grand Cherokee-style front end


AutoHistory | 10:26PM (Tue, Nov 29, 2011)

seconded. I wasn't a big Compass fan before, but I believe this article may have converted me.

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Stephy21 | 9:08AM (Wed, Nov 30, 2011)

This 2012 Jeep Compass doesn't even look like a jeep. But i will say that its very nice.

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