Jeep Reveals 2011 Compass in DetroitPosted on January 11th, 2011
Trail-rated SUV offers 29 mpg highway fuel economy
After this week’s freak snow storm, the redesigned Jeep Compass might be just the ticket for drivers along the nation’s southern tier. Originally introduced as a sport-utility vehicle for on-road use, the 2011 model is trail rated, meaning it has passed grueling tests for off-road capability.
Exterior design borrows cues from the new Grand Cherokee, including a slight “power bulge” on the hood. 2011 models come with standard 17-inch aluminum wheels; 18-inch chrome rims for the upscale Limited model. Interior upgrades include more soft touch surfaces, redundant audio, Bluetooth and cruise controls on the steering wheel, and a new cloth interior with bucket seats.
There are two available engines: a 158-horsepower 2-liter engine on the base and Latitude models, and a 172-horsepower 2.4-liter block on the Limited. The larger engine averages 23 miles per gallon in the city and 29 mpg on the highway when mated to a five-speed manual transmission.
All grades are available as front-wheel or four-wheel drive. There are two four-wheel drive options, one of which includes low-range capability for extreme off-road trails.
The new compass is built at Jeep’s Belvidere, Illinois assembly plant, and is currently rolling into dealerships nationwide.
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