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Jeep shows off the all-new Compass at the 2011 NAIAS

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

The 2011 Jeep Compass was revealed during a press conference at the NAIAS.

by Jason Rzucidlo
americajr@americajr.com

 

WATCH: Interview with Jim Morrison, Head of Jeep Brand Product Marketing

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DETROIT -- Chrysler Group LLC debuted the redesigned 2011 Jeep Compass at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. The 4-door SUV is assembled in Belvidere, Illinois. It is equipped with either a 2.0-liter inline-4 engine producing 154 hp or a 2.4-liter inline-4 engine creating 172 hp. While the Compass has not carried "Trail Rated" badge in the past, the new model does. The Compass is designed for driving on flat or unpaved roads. Sales of the Compass were up by almost 4,000 units in 2010.

"The new Compass is a great addition for the Jeep lineup," said Jim Morrison, head of Jeep Brand Product Marketing. "It's really special to us for two reasons. One, it's a totally recognizable Jeep. It's getting rave reviews already. It's a really nice and sophisticated new look on the front of this vehicle. The second reason we're really excited about it is because it's a true 'Trail Rated' Jeep now. You can get the vehicle with an off-road package."

The new Compass features a revised suspension for better handling, a brand new interior with more standard equipment and option packages.

"We've given it the extra capability that makes it a true Jeep," Morrison added. "We need to prove our capability and we've got a great community following. Because it's got the ability to transfer torque and keep the vehicle in a short footing whether you're taking the vehicle off road or going through a rain storm or heavy snow, it's a very capable vehicle. People expect that from Jeep and that's why we're proud of what Compass can do now. Obviously, Jeeps are very safe to drive."

It also comes with 17-inch aluminum wheels, skid plates, a four-wheel-drive system and an increased ground clearance by another inch.

"It gets up to 29 mpg and beats everybody with city fuel economy with 22 mpg," the head of Jeep Brand Product Marketing explained. "It's also very fuel efficient. We are changing the manufacturing numbers every month. If demand is there, we'll keep increasing production. We expect a lot of good news out of this new Compass. It's got the new Jeep steering wheel with integrated audio controls, integrated cruise control. It starts at just over $19,000. Here in the United States, $19,295. This vehicle you can get for $239 a month on a lease."

I think the Compass is perfect for the college student who may be going away to school. It is great for driving to visit friends, family or to just take a road trip!

 

 

 

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

The Compass was first produced in 2006 by DiamlerChrysler (at the time).

 

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

The Compass has a wheelbase of 103.7 inches.

 

This page was last updated on Sat, January 22, 2011 3:03 AM

 

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