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New Jeep Compass
Heading into new directions

Jeep Compass: front-wheel drive or (optional) 4-wheel drive.

APN,
10th January 2006.

Since most carmakers are still rushing to add more SUV crossover variations to their model lineups, there is no reason why a traditionally reputed SUV manufacturer such as Jeep should hesitate to widen its offers. If crossovers and small cars haven't diluted the image of luxury brands unknown in these territories, then, a "gentler" SUV like the Compass shouldn't hurt a strong image like Jeep's.

That is why Jeep is expanding into new territory with the all-new 2007 Compass (see prices). Built on a common front-wheel drive platform with the new 2007 Dodge Caliber, the Compass will be available in U.S. dealerships and global volume markets in the third quarter of 2006, not only as a 4WD (optional), but even as a... front-wheel-drive vehicle (standard).

Compass will compete in the compact SUV segment.

Based on the Jeep Compass concept first introduced at the 2005 International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, the 2007 Jeep Compass is an all-new product that combines the handling, fuel economy and price of a compact car or small pickup with the packaging and functionality of a sport-utility vehicle (SUV).

Compass is even the Jeep brand’s first front-wheel-drive-based product with a fully independent suspension for comfortable on-road ride and handling and fun-to-drive characteristics. It will be available in both front- and four-wheel drive versions.

2007 Jeep Compass - rear view.

Front-wheel base platform used in the Dodge Caliber too.

Compass will compete in the compact SUV segment, which the brand expects to grow considerably in the next decade, giving the Jeep brand the opportunity to grow with it. Annual compact SUV volume in the United States for the 2004 calendar year was 297,000 units or 1.7 percent of the market. The compact SUV segment is expected to almost double to 568,000 units by 2010 and almost triple to 814,000 units by 2016.

Car based, but with a high driving position in an SUV atmosphere.

Equally important, Compass should attract to Jeep new buyers who may not have previously considered the brand. It features the brand’s signature seven-slot grille, round headlamps and trapezoidal wheel openings.

However, other design twists distinguish Compass from traditionally styled Jeep vehicles, like the all-new silhouette, with a steeply raked windshield, expressive hood and deep fascia. The side profile features sculptured fender forms, with standard 17-inch aluminium wheels and available 18-inch aluminium or chrome-clad wheels (standard and optional equipment should be checked as variations do occur between different countries).

Jeep Compass’ interior starts from the high seating position, with 39.3 inches (99.8 cm) of rear seat leg room, 52.5 cubic feet (1.486 cubic metre, or 1486 litres) of cargo space with the rear seats folded flat and 60.7 cubic feet (1.718 m3) of cargo space with the front passenger seat back and rear seats folded flat.

Practical with the (optional) 60/40 split rear seats.

Engine - Compass features a 172-horsepower 2.4-liter engine with dual variable valve timing (VVT) on both intake and exhaust camshafts, to help optimize the torque curve at all speeds.

It features a standard five-speed manual transaxle or an optional Continuously Variable Transaxle (CVT2).

CVT2 is a second-generation CVT that Chrysler Group engineers calibrated for pleasing engine response, precise ratio control and an available AutoStick® feature on the Compass Limited model that allows for manual control with the simulation of six stepped gears.

Jeep claims that the CVT2 contributes to a fuel economy improvement of 6–8 percent compared with a traditional 4-speed automatic.

172-hp 2.4-liter engine with dual Variable Valve Timing (VVT).

A 2.0-liter turbo diesel engine will be available for markets outside North America.

Model Line-up - Both Compass and Compass Limited models will be available with front-wheel and (optional) four-wheel-drive capability.

The optional full-time 4x4 system can be used for daily driving in snow and rain, while the four-wheel-drive “Lock” mode is recommended for deep snow, deep sand and other low-traction surfaces.

In both 4x4 modes, full-time or “Lock”, standard safety features include Brake Traction Control, driver-controlled three-mode Electronic Stability Program (ESP), Brake Assist, Electronic Roll Mitigation and anti-lock brakes with rough-road detection.

Added capability comes from Compass’ 8-inches of ground clearance, 21.1-degree approach angle, 32-degree departure angle and 21-degree breakover angle.

Standard 5-speed manual gearbox or an optional CVT2 (photo).

Standard equipment includes side-curtain air bags, ESP, traction control, ABS, a fold-flat vinyl load floor, AM/FM CD radio with an auxiliary audio input jack, cloth seats, 12-volt power outlet, manual windows, locks, and foldaway mirrors, silver interior bezels and door arm rests, tilt steering wheel, dome and cargo lights, floor mats and a center console sliding armrest that moves forward 3 inches to accommodate shorter drivers. The armrest lid features a unique flip pocket for storing a cell phone or an MP3 player.

Additional exterior standard features include fog lamps, body-color grille and fascias, black door handles, body-color bodyside molding, accent-color liftgate appliqué and 17-inch aluminium wheels and touring tires.

Optional features on Jeep Compass include four-wheel-drive capability, a second-generation CVT2, seat-mounted side air bags, heated cloth or leather seats, manual seat height adjuster, 60/40 rear seats that both fold flat and recline, fold-flat passenger seat, map lights, passenger assist handles and illuminated entry, tonneau cover, YES Essentials fabric — an easy-care, soil-repellant and anti-microbial textile that protects seats from stains, odors and discoloration.

Other options include AM/FM radio with six-disc CD player and MP3 CD play capability, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, air conditioning, deep-tinted glass, security alarm, trailer tow prep package, daytime running lamps, 17-inch all-terrain OWL tires, a full-size spare tire, engine block heater, 110-volt outlet in the center console, a removable, rechargeable interior lamp, speed control, full-size spare tire.

Jeep's new baby... Jeep.

The optional Driver Convenience Group includes tire pressure monitor and electrochromic mirror, while the other optional power group includes driver one-touch power windows, power locks, Remote Keyless Entry and power mirrors.

The optional Leather Interior Group includes leather seats, manual lumbar, leather steering wheel with radio controls, heated seats and floor mats.

The optional UConnect™ hands-free communication system and a nine-speaker Boston Acoustics premium sound system that features two articulating speakers packaged in the liftgate. When the liftgate is open, the speakers can swing down from the trim panel to face rearward for tailgating and other activities.

In addition to the standard features on the Jeep Compass model, the Limited model features bright front and rear fascia overlays, bright side moldings, 18-inch aluminium wheels and tires, Leather Interior Group and heated seats.

Beyond those offered on the Jeep Compass model, available options on the Jeep Compass Limited model include: 18-inch chrome clad wheels, sunroof, Driver Convenience Group (which includes compass and temperature gauge, tire pressure monitor and electrochromic mirror), AutoStick and body-color bodyside molding.

All 2007 Jeep Compass models will be available in Jeep Green Metallic Clear Coat, Khaki Metallic Clear Coat, Inferno Red Crystal Pearl Coat, Marine Blue Pearl Coat, Steel Blue Metallic Clear Coat, Bright Silver Metallic Clear Coat, Black Clear Coat and Stone White Clear Coat.

All models feature a two-tone interior color theme of dark and lighter shades of Pastel Slate Gray or Pastel Pebble Beige.

Production of the 2007 Jeep Compass begins in the second quarter of 2006 at the newly refurbished Belvidere (Ill.) Assembly Plant. The new 172-horsepower 2.4-liter World Engine that powers the Compass is built in the state-of-the art Global Engine Manufacturing Assembly (GEMA) plant in Dundee, Mich. GEMA is owned equally by DaimlerChrysler Corp., Mitsubishi Motors Corp. and Hyundai Motor Company.

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