Chrysler released today the first pictures and details of the new Compass SUV for 2011, and it seems to be designed for those who cannot afford the new Grand Cherokee! Because from every angle you look at it, it looks like a mini-Cherokee. The old Compass was really ugly, and this one’s not exactly a looker either.
What’s up with that hideous grille?! It has seven holes in it all with chrome surrounds which make the car look like a monster with big sharp teeth from a distance! Despite all the obvious flaws, Chrysler calls it a sophisticated design in their official press release. They’re still going the same path that resulted in bankruptcy not so long ago!
The upgraded interior of the 2011 Jeep Compass features Uconnect media center with iPod interface, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, navigation with SIRIUS Travel Link, power sunroof, a premium audio system with nine Boston Acoustic speakers, illuminated cup holders, liftgate speakers and fold-flat rear seats.
Other equipments include air conditioning, power windows, power locks, power/heated exterior mirrors, keyless entry, aluminum wheels, fog lamps, cruise control and sunscreen glass. New for 2011 the Jeep Compass offers an All-weather Capability Group option which includes Goodyear 17-inch all-terrain tires, all-season floor mats, daytime running headlamps, engine block heater and tow hooks.
So at least in terms of equipments and features, the new Compass delivers good value considering its price.
The new Compass can be had with either two or four-wheel-drive system and also features revised suspension for higher capability. Freedom Drive I is an available full-time, active four-wheel-drive system with lock mode designed to give drivers year-round assurance with the ability to handle rough weather and low-traction conditions.
As for the engines, Compass features a standard 2.0-liter World Engine for the Compass and Latitude models that provides 158 horsepower (117 kW) and 141 lb.-ft. (191 N•m) of torque. You may also order the 2.4-liter World Engine produces 172-horsepower and 165 lb.-ft. of torque and is available on all models and standard on the Limited. Both engines deliver 29 mpg highway, 23 mpg city.
The 2011 Jeep Compass is available in three configurations: Compass, Latitude and Limited. All are available with front-wheel drive, the Freedom Drive I full-time, active 4×4 system or the Freedom Drive II Off-Road Package full-time, active 4×4 system with low-range capability.
The car is already on its way to the dealerships across America.