Compass: front-wheel drive or (optional) 4-wheel drive.
10th January 2006.
Since most carmakers are still rushing to add more SUV
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).
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.
base platform used in the Dodge Caliber
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
The optional UConnect™ hands-free communication system
and a nine-speaker Boston Acoustics premium
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.