new Jeep Compass: in
the major markets from the third quarter.
7th April 2006.
all-new Compass SUV prices
will start in the U.S. from just under $16,000 (including
$560 destination) when it arrives in dealerships in the
third quarter of this year. It is expected to reach
international volume markets about the same time too.
Built on a common unibody platform with
Dodge Caliber and the tougher brother Jeep
Patriot, the new Jeep
Compass comes with
front-wheel or four-wheel-drive capability, and the fuel
economy of a compact car.
“With Compass, Jeep
continues to expand globally... to reach youthful
customers who may not have previously considered the
brand,” said George Murphy, Senior Vice President —
Global Marketing, Chrysler Group. “Compass... allows the
brand to compete in the fast-growing compact SUV segment.”
new Jeep Compass, going for a new customer
In the United States, annual compact
SUV volume for the 2005 calendar year reached 368,000
units, up from 297,000 units in 2004.
expects the compact SUV
segment to almost double to 600,000 units by 2010 and
almost triple to more than 814,000 units by 2016.
In the mean time, sales of Jeep brand
vehicles increased 12 percent last year, reaching 476,532
units, their highest total since 2000.
The newest Jeep will be available in
both Compass and Compass Limited models.
Both are available with front-wheel and four-wheel-drive
Jeep Compass’ optional, active,
full-time 4x4 system (Freedom Drive I) is recommended for
daily use, including driving in snow and rain. The four-wheel-drive
“Lock” mode is recommended for deep snow, deep sand
and other low-traction surfaces.
Compass Limited with 18-inch wheels.
Compass comes with a
172-horsepower 2.4-liter engine coupled with a five-speed
manual transaxle. The MSRP for Jeep
Compass is $15,985 (all
prices including $560 destination), and $17,585 for Jeep
Compass 4x4 models.
The base Jeep Compass standard
equipment includes side-curtain air bags, Electronic
Stability Program (ESP), Traction Control and ABS, a 60/40
rear split seats, Fold-flat vinyl load floor (UltraFloor
TM), AM/FM CD radio with an auxiliary audio input jack,
tilt steering wheel, a centre 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
Additional exterior standard features
include fog lamps, body-colour grille and fascias,
body-colour bodyside moulding, accent-colour liftgate
appliqué and 17-inch aluminium wheels and touring tires.
Optional equipment include a
continuously variable transmission (CVT2), sunroof, AM/FM
radio with six-disc CD player and MP3 CD play capability,
SIRIUS Satellite Radio, fold-flat passenger seat, air
conditioning, power group (driver one-touch power windows,
power locks, remote keyless entry and power mirrors),
security group (alarm, tonneau cover, daytime running
lamps), trailer tow prep package, 17-inch all-terrain OWL
tires, full-size spare tire, removable, rechargeable
interior lamp, map lights, speed control, driver
convenience group (tire pressure monitor and
electrochromic mirror, compass, temperature gauge,
Universal Garage Door opener and Electronic Vehicle
Information Centre), nine-speaker 458-watt Boston
Acoustics premium sound system with two flip-down speakers
packaged in the liftgate.
Jeep Compass “E” Package - A
special package adds a number of standard features to the
base Compass, with a MSRP of $18,585 (front-wheel-drive)
and $20,185 (4x4 models).
The “E” package adds to the
standard features on the Jeep Compass, power, fold-away
mirrors, driver one-touch power windows, speed sensitive
power locks, Remote Keyless Entry, air conditioning,
115-volt auxiliary power outlet, map/dome reading lamps
and interior removable/rechargeable lamp, reclining rear
seats, driver seat height adjuster, front-passenger
forward fold-flat seat, passenger assist handles, and deep
tint sunscreen glass.
Then comes the Jeep Compass Limited
at the top, also in both front-wheel and four-wheel drive
(Freedom Drive I), at a MSRP of $20,140 (front-wheel), or
$21,740 ( 4x4 system).
In addition to the standard features on
the Jeep Compass models equipped with the "E"
package, the Limited model features leather trimmed
bucket seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, steering
wheel mounted audio controls, speed control and heated
seats, 18-inch aluminium wheels with all-season
performance tires, bright front and rear fascia overlays,
bright side mouldings and driver lumbar support.
Beyond those offered on the Jeep
Compass model, available options on the Jeep
Compass Limited model
include the second generation Continuously Variable
Transmission (CVT2) with Autostick, 18-inch chrome clad
wheels and UConnect hands-free communication system.