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    Jeep Cherokee Adds Overland Trim


    • Overland is one of the most luxurious trims in the Jeep lineup.


    At the New England International Auto Show today, Jeep unveiled a new Overland trim for the Jeep Cherokee mid-size crossover.

     

    The new trim level, which goes on sale in Spring 2016, is a new luxury version of the Cherokee. The outside of the Overland features body colored lower trim cladding, new 18" wheels, standard HID bi-xenon head lights.

     

    Inside, the Overland adds new Zebrano wood grim, standard leather heated/vented seating, and the 8.4 inch UConnect system. All Overlands come standard with Jeep's Active Drive II 4x4, which has a 2 speed power transfer unit with low range. Standard power is the familiar 2.4 liter Tigershark producing 184 hp @ 6400 rpm and 171 lb-ft of torque @ 4600 rpm. Buyers can opt up to the 3.2 liter V6 with stop/start that is good for 271 hp @ 6500 rpm and 239 lb-ft of torque @ 4400 rpm. Both engines run power to the wheels via a 9-speed automatic.

     

    Additional standard features include everything on the Limited model, along with blind spot monitoring, power rear hatch, rear crosspath detection, rear backup sensors, and additional sound insulation.

     

    Pricing for the 2016 Cherokee Overland is expected to be $35,690 after destination charge.

     

     

    Jeep Press Release on page 2


    Jeep® Expands Cherokee Lineup With Premium Overland Model

    • New 2016 Jeep® Cherokee Overland debuts at New England International Auto Show
    • More premium Jeep Cherokee model boasts an unmatched combination of luxury and capability in the mid-size SUV segment
    • Cherokee Overland delivers sophisticated styling, a well-appointed interior, a long list of premium standard features and legendary Jeep capability
    • New premium Cherokee Overland available in Jeep showrooms this spring
    • Jeep Cherokee sales increased 23 percent in 2015


    January 14, 2016 , Boston - The Jeep® brand is introducing its new Cherokee Overland today at the New England International Auto Show, expanding the brand’s lineup to deliver consumers a new level of luxury combined with unmatched capability in the mid-size SUV segment.

     

    “The new Cherokee Overland model is a direct response to consumers looking for benchmark 4x4 capability that only Jeep can offer, in a stunning, more luxurious package loaded with premium amenities,” said Mike Manley, Head of Jeep Brand – FCA Global. “Cherokee sales increased 23 percent in 2015, and we expect the new Overland model will attract even more consumers into our Jeep showrooms going forward.”

     

    The new Cherokee Overland joins Sport, Latitude, Limited and Trailhawk models in the Cherokee lineup. With a U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $34,695 (plus $995 destination), Cherokee Overland arrives in Jeep dealerships this spring.

     

    2016 Jeep Cherokee Overland
    An exclusive style, premium amenities and enhancements and a long list of standard equipment elevate the new 2016 Jeep Cherokee Overland model to new levels of refined elegance and comfort.

     

    The exterior of the new Cherokee Overland model features new body-color fascias with a bright front grille and chin extension, body-color door cladding and wheel flares, new 18-inch fully polished bright aluminum wheels, standard HID bi-xenon headlamps and “Overland” badge on the liftgate.

     

    Inspired by the award-winning Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland model, the Jeep Cherokee Overland interior includes a host of premium enhancements, including a leather-wrapped instrument panel, power front driver and passenger seat with four-way power lumbar, a new Jeep steering wheel with Zebrano high-gloss wood trim, bright door sill plates, Berber floor mats, standard Nappa leather seats with ventilated/heated front seats, standard Alpine Premium Audio system, Uconnect 8.4AN AM/FM radio with 8.4-in. touchscreen display, Bluetooth, Navigation, HD Radio, SiriusXM Travel Link, SiriusXM Traffic, Uconnect Access Advantage, and standard memory driver’s seat, radio and exterior mirrors.

     

    In addition to the interior and exterior design enhancements and the standard equipment found on the Jeep Cherokee Limited model, the 2016 Jeep Cherokee Overland model adds the following as standard equipment: power liftgate, blind spot monitoring and rear crosspath detection, Parksense rear backup assist system and a premium insulation group. The new Jeep Cherokee Overland 4x4 model comes standard with 8.2 inches of ground clearance to help drivers reach the most demanding destinations.

     

    Living up to the “Overland” name, each Jeep Cherokee Overland 4x4 model comes equipped with the Jeep Active Drive II 4x4 system, which includes a two-speed power transfer unit, low range and an industry-first disconnecting rear axle for improved fuel efficiency when 4x4 capability isn’t needed.

     

    In addition, the Jeep Active Drive II system features the Jeep brand’s Selec-Terrain traction control system. Selec-Terrain allows the driver, with a push of a button on the Selec-Terrain dial, to choose the on- and off-road setting for optimum performance. Four customized settings are offered on the new Cherokee Overland model: Auto, Snow, Sport and Sand/Mud.

     

    Selec-Terrain is designed to optimize the four-wheel-drive systems for unsurpassed control and capability. Selec-Terrain electronically coordinates and optimizes up to 12 systems on any terrain providing enhanced vehicle control, including drivetrain control module, electronic brake controller, ESC, transmission controller, powertrain controller and Selec-Speed Control (Hill-ascent and Hill-descent Control). The system also includes Jeep Selec-Terrain, allowing drivers to choose between four modes (auto, sport, snow and sand/mud), which optimizes the 4x4 system to the driving conditions.

     

    Optional features on the 2016 Cherokee Overland model include:

    • Heavy Duty Protection group includes skid plates and full-size spare tire, 3.2-liter Pentastar V-6 engine with standard engine stop/start (ESS) fuel-saving technology, producing 271 horsepower and 239 lb.-ft. of torque
    • Technology Group includes advanced Brake Assist, auto high beam headlamp control, LaneSense Departure Warning Plus with Lane Keep Assist, Forward Collision Warning-Plus with crash mitigation, Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, ParkSense front and rear park assist with rear stop, rain sensitive windshield wipers, wireless charging pad, remote CD player, engine block heater and sunroof.


    Jeep Cherokee
    The 2016 Jeep Cherokee completely redefines the mid-size SUV segment, delivering legendary Jeep 4x4 capability, superior on-road ride and handling, world-class craftsmanship, clever functionality and versatility, more than 70 available safety and security features and advanced user-friendly technology. The Jeep Cherokee stands out against competitors with unmatched off-road capability while not sacrificing on-road ride and handling, comfort or segment-leading features.

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    Overland fixes my only real issue with the Cherokee.  I don't like the look of the cladding.  If I were to buy one in any other trim, it could only be in black so the cladding doesn't stand out. 

     

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    2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited

     

     

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    Is the "Overland" packageing kind of like a "platinum/Titanium", "high country" or "Limited" but for Jeeps? 

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    Is the "Overland" packageing kind of like a "platinum/Titanium", "high country" or "Limited" but for Jeeps? 

     

    Kind of... on the Grand Cherokee though there are additional off-road capabilities added.  On this one, it gets a tiny (and I mean really tiny) increase in ride height. 

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    Makes sense, you see how many Denali GMC's there are.  Jeep could do a lot of Overland trims, just like Ford sold a boat load of those Eddie Bauer Explorers in the 90s.

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    Is the "Overland" packageing kind of like a "platinum/Titanium", "high country" or "Limited" but for Jeeps?

     

    Kind of... on the Grand Cherokee though there are additional off-road capabilities added.  On this one, it gets a tiny (and I mean really tiny) increase in ride height.

    So it's not quite a luxury package then?
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    Is the "Overland" packageing kind of like a "platinum/Titanium", "high country" or "Limited" but for Jeeps?

     

    Kind of... on the Grand Cherokee though there are additional off-road capabilities added.  On this one, it gets a tiny (and I mean really tiny) increase in ride height.

    So it's not quite a luxury package then?

     

    Well, that's kind of where the Overland Summit fits on the GC...luxury and off road capabilities.

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    Is the "Overland" packageing kind of like a "platinum/Titanium", "high country" or "Limited" but for Jeeps?

     

    Kind of... on the Grand Cherokee though there are additional off-road capabilities added.  On this one, it gets a tiny (and I mean really tiny) increase in ride height.

    So it's not quite a luxury package then?

     

     

    On the Grand Cherokee it is.  On this, well... that's less clear.  I would imagine when the new Jeep 3-row crossover comes it will have a lux package on it and be called Overland. 

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    Overland fixes my only real issue with the Cherokee.  I don't like the look of the cladding.  If I were to buy one in any other trim, it could only be in black so the cladding doesn't stand out. 

     

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    I see the point you are making, did not realize that the black plastic molding was only available in black. So this does make it look nice in being color matched. Though I will say that I am impressed with the Skyhawk with the black molding and black hood patch. It looks good otherwise you are right would need to be black.

     

    Reminds me of the Honda Element and how long they sold it with black molded sections only before they finally listened to customers and started to offer it all in single monochromatic color.

     

    Kinda makes one think they went cheap on the initial release of color. It is really that much of a cost to have all monochromatic?

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    Is the "Overland" packageing kind of like a "platinum/Titanium", "high country" or "Limited" but for Jeeps?

     

    Kind of... on the Grand Cherokee though there are additional off-road capabilities added.  On this one, it gets a tiny (and I mean really tiny) increase in ride height.

    So it's not quite a luxury package then?

     

     

    On the Grand Cherokee it is.  On this, well... that's less clear.  I would imagine when the new Jeep 3-row crossover comes it will have a lux package on it and be called Overland. 

     

    Hmmm.. Alright.. So it more-or-less just says it is the top trim, whatever that may be. Stupid Jeep. 

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    A couple things with the overland.  You DO appear to get the Trailhawnks ground clearance and the low range active-drive 2.  If I am not mistaken, only the Trailhawk had that and the Limited etc came with a considerably lower ride height and the option pf adding active-drive 1 which does not have the low range.  So basically you are getting the limited with near Trailhawk capabilities.  The GC Overlands do not really offer anything over the standard GC or off-roading.  The 1st OL which came out in 01 was basically all the LUX goodies, side accents (kind of rock rails, but stylized), though i did debut the 4.7 HO engine as standard (was optional on other trims such as the Limited and Freedom editions).  The Overland is pretty well what it has always been, a top tier lux model with all the goodies plus some.  It is a really good value with he content you get.  Thin GMC Denali or All-terrain, compared to the new GMC Acadia All-T4errian this is far more capable still, thouh different.  And don't jump me, I love the new All-Terrain Acadia, but my point is they are really more Lux trims with denali of course being top tier.  this is Jeeps Top Tier.

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    Overland fixes my only real issue with the Cherokee.  I don't like the look of the cladding.  If I were to buy one in any other trim, it could only be in black so the cladding doesn't stand out. 

     

    For comparison:

     

    I see the point you are making, did not realize that the black plastic molding was only available in black. So this does make it look nice in being color matched. Though I will say that I am impressed with the Skyhawk with the black molding and black hood patch. It looks good otherwise you are right would need to be black.

     

    Reminds me of the Honda Element and how long they sold it with black molded sections only before they finally listened to customers and started to offer it all in single monochromatic color.

     

    Kinda makes one think they went cheap on the initial release of color. It is really that much of a cost to have all monochromatic?

    Gray or black cladding has been a Jeep feature for decades. The Grand Cherokee Laredo had the gray cladding in the first two generations, as did the first generation Liberty.

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    A couple things with the overland.  You DO appear to get the Trailhawnks ground clearance and the low range active-drive 2.  If I am not mistaken, only the Trailhawk had that and the Limited etc came with a considerably lower ride height and the option pf adding active-drive 1 which does not have the low range.  So basically you are getting the limited with near Trailhawk capabilities.  The GC Overlands do not really offer anything over the standard GC or off-roading.  The 1st OL which came out in 01 was basically all the LUX goodies, side accents (kind of rock rails, but stylized), though i did debut the 4.7 HO engine as standard (was optional on other trims such as the Limited and Freedom editions).  The Overland is pretty well what it has always been, a top tier lux model with all the goodies plus some.  It is a really good value with he content you get.  Thin GMC Denali or All-terrain, compared to the new GMC Acadia All-T4errian this is far more capable still, thouh different.  And don't jump me, I love the new All-Terrain Acadia, but my point is they are really more Lux trims with denali of course being top tier.  this is Jeeps Top Tier.

    Yet this is only 4x4, not AWD like the Skyhawk. So that is one difference or am I missing something else that is a major difference?

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    A couple things with the overland.  You DO appear to get the Trailhawnks ground clearance and the low range active-drive 2.  If I am not mistaken, only the Trailhawk had that and the Limited etc came with a considerably lower ride height and the option pf adding active-drive 1 which does not have the low range.  So basically you are getting the limited with near Trailhawk capabilities.  The GC Overlands do not really offer anything over the standard GC or off-roading.  The 1st OL which came out in 01 was basically all the LUX goodies, side accents (kind of rock rails, but stylized), though i did debut the 4.7 HO engine as standard (was optional on other trims such as the Limited and Freedom editions).  The Overland is pretty well what it has always been, a top tier lux model with all the goodies plus some.  It is a really good value with he content you get.  Thin GMC Denali or All-terrain, compared to the new GMC Acadia All-T4errian this is far more capable still, thouh different.  And don't jump me, I love the new All-Terrain Acadia, but my point is they are really more Lux trims with denali of course being top tier.  this is Jeeps Top Tier.

    Yet this is only 4x4, not AWD like the Skyhawk. So that is one difference or am I missing something else that is a major difference?

     

     

    Are you having a stroke? Sniffing too much CNG? LOL this is the second funny typo you've made.

     

    Skyhawk is a Buick.  Trailhawk is a Jeep.

     

    The Trailhawk is a 4x4 system is the same as the Limited's and Overland's with Active-Drive II, it just has a locking rear differential. 

     

    Jeep outlines the differences of all of their 4x4 systems on a single page

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    A couple things with the overland.  You DO appear to get the Trailhawnks ground clearance and the low range active-drive 2.  If I am not mistaken, only the Trailhawk had that and the Limited etc came with a considerably lower ride height and the option pf adding active-drive 1 which does not have the low range.  So basically you are getting the limited with near Trailhawk capabilities.  The GC Overlands do not really offer anything over the standard GC or off-roading.  The 1st OL which came out in 01 was basically all the LUX goodies, side accents (kind of rock rails, but stylized), though i did debut the 4.7 HO engine as standard (was optional on other trims such as the Limited and Freedom editions).  The Overland is pretty well what it has always been, a top tier lux model with all the goodies plus some.  It is a really good value with he content you get.  Thin GMC Denali or All-terrain, compared to the new GMC Acadia All-T4errian this is far more capable still, thouh different.  And don't jump me, I love the new All-Terrain Acadia, but my point is they are really more Lux trims with denali of course being top tier.  this is Jeeps Top Tier.

    Yet this is only 4x4, not AWD like the Skyhawk. So that is one difference or am I missing something else that is a major difference?

     

     

    Are you having a stroke? Sniffing too much CNG? LOL this is the second funny typo you've made.

     

    Skyhawk is a Buick.  Trailhawk is a Jeep.

     

    The Trailhawk is a 4x4 system is the same as the Limited's and Overland's with Active-Drive II, it just has a locking rear differential. 

     

    Jeep outlines the differences of all of their 4x4 systems on a single page

     

    And a 56:1 low range crawl ratio the active drive 1 lacks.

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    A couple things with the overland.  You DO appear to get the Trailhawnks ground clearance and the low range active-drive 2.  If I am not mistaken, only the Trailhawk had that and the Limited etc came with a considerably lower ride height and the option pf adding active-drive 1 which does not have the low range.  So basically you are getting the limited with near Trailhawk capabilities.  The GC Overlands do not really offer anything over the standard GC or off-roading.  The 1st OL which came out in 01 was basically all the LUX goodies, side accents (kind of rock rails, but stylized), though i did debut the 4.7 HO engine as standard (was optional on other trims such as the Limited and Freedom editions).  The Overland is pretty well what it has always been, a top tier lux model with all the goodies plus some.  It is a really good value with he content you get.  Thin GMC Denali or All-terrain, compared to the new GMC Acadia All-T4errian this is far more capable still, thouh different.  And don't jump me, I love the new All-Terrain Acadia, but my point is they are really more Lux trims with denali of course being top tier.  this is Jeeps Top Tier.

    Yet this is only 4x4, not AWD like the Skyhawk. So that is one difference or am I missing something else that is a major difference?

     

    There are 2 different systems.

     

    Active drive 1 is basically a fancy AWG system.  It is optional on the lower trims.

     

    Active drive 2 has the AWD capabilities plus a low range crawl ratio and limited slip diff.  It is optional on the Limited and standard on the Trailhawk and Overland.  This is a surprisingly capable system and is standard on the Renegade trailhawk, though here that is the only one it is on.

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    A couple things with the overland.  You DO appear to get the Trailhawnks ground clearance and the low range active-drive 2.  If I am not mistaken, only the Trailhawk had that and the Limited etc came with a considerably lower ride height and the option pf adding active-drive 1 which does not have the low range.  So basically you are getting the limited with near Trailhawk capabilities.  The GC Overlands do not really offer anything over the standard GC or off-roading.  The 1st OL which came out in 01 was basically all the LUX goodies, side accents (kind of rock rails, but stylized), though i did debut the 4.7 HO engine as standard (was optional on other trims such as the Limited and Freedom editions).  The Overland is pretty well what it has always been, a top tier lux model with all the goodies plus some.  It is a really good value with he content you get.  Thin GMC Denali or All-terrain, compared to the new GMC Acadia All-T4errian this is far more capable still, thouh different.  And don't jump me, I love the new All-Terrain Acadia, but my point is they are really more Lux trims with denali of course being top tier.  this is Jeeps Top Tier.

    Yet this is only 4x4, not AWD like the Skyhawk. So that is one difference or am I missing something else that is a major difference?

     

     

    Are you having a stroke? Sniffing too much CNG? LOL this is the second funny typo you've made.

     

    Skyhawk is a Buick.  Trailhawk is a Jeep.

     

    The Trailhawk is a 4x4 system is the same as the Limited's and Overland's with Active-Drive II, it just has a locking rear differential. 

     

    Jeep outlines the differences of all of their 4x4 systems on a single page

     

    Too many different systems, I'm out! 

     

    They lost me past 5-6. Sorry Jeep, You're apparently just too complex for me. 

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    A couple things with the overland.  You DO appear to get the Trailhawnks ground clearance and the low range active-drive 2.  If I am not mistaken, only the Trailhawk had that and the Limited etc came with a considerably lower ride height and the option pf adding active-drive 1 which does not have the low range.  So basically you are getting the limited with near Trailhawk capabilities.  The GC Overlands do not really offer anything over the standard GC or off-roading.  The 1st OL which came out in 01 was basically all the LUX goodies, side accents (kind of rock rails, but stylized), though i did debut the 4.7 HO engine as standard (was optional on other trims such as the Limited and Freedom editions).  The Overland is pretty well what it has always been, a top tier lux model with all the goodies plus some.  It is a really good value with he content you get.  Thin GMC Denali or All-terrain, compared to the new GMC Acadia All-T4errian this is far more capable still, thouh different.  And don't jump me, I love the new All-Terrain Acadia, but my point is they are really more Lux trims with denali of course being top tier.  this is Jeeps Top Tier.

    Yet this is only 4x4, not AWD like the Skyhawk. So that is one difference or am I missing something else that is a major difference?

     

     

    Are you having a stroke? Sniffing too much CNG? LOL this is the second funny typo you've made.

     

    Skyhawk is a Buick.  Trailhawk is a Jeep.

     

    The Trailhawk is a 4x4 system is the same as the Limited's and Overland's with Active-Drive II, it just has a locking rear differential. 

     

    Jeep outlines the differences of all of their 4x4 systems on a single page

     

    Thanks drew for the info, I should have looked at the Jeep page, glad to see all the differences, but wow, the variety can confuse people. For some reason I thought the Trailhawk was an AWD system compared to the lower models having a more traditional 4x4 system. Love to learn even when I confuse my models. :P

     

    CNG Rocking on! :)

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      -37%
      183,356
      196,092
      -6%
      Grand Cherokee
      17,230
      17,662
      -2%
      189,023
      175,746
      8%
      Renegade
      10,067
      7,719
      30%
      94,561
      52,211
      81%
      JEEP BRAND
      67,285
      76,689
      -12%
      843,217
      784,040
      8%
      200
      2,849
      10,103
      -72%
      54,651
      157,705
      -65%
      300
      2,566
      4,635
      -45%
      49,657
      48,756
      2%
      Town & Country
      350
      12,537
      -97%
      58,805
      86,908
      -32%
      Pacifica
      8,753
      0
      New
      52,083
      0
      New
      CHRYSLER BRAND
      14,518
      27,275
      -47%
      215,196
      293,369
      -27%
      Dart
      2,203
      7,201
      -69%
      41,877
      82,041
      -49%
      Avenger
      1
      15
      -93%
      45
      1,294
      -97%
      Charger
      9,138
      6,804
      34%
      88,200
      88,323
      0%
      Challenger
      3,908
      4,297
      -9%
      59,176
      61,813
      -4%
      Viper
      62
      45
      38%
      571
      627
      -9%
      Journey
      7,133
      8,023
      -11%
      96,991
      100,256
      -3%
      Caravan
      6,696
      10,926
      -39%
      120,991
      89,833
      35%
      Durango
      4,934
      5,644
      -13%
      62,678
      56,897
      10%
      DODGE  BRAND
      34,075
      42,955
      -21%
      470,529
      481,084
      -2%
      Ram P/U
      36,885
      34,145
      8%
      441,862
      408,724
      8%
      Cargo Van
      0
      2
      -100%
      21
      2,157
      -99%
      ProMaster Van
      4,702
      2,084
      126%
      35,746
      23,658
      51%
      ProMaster City
      924
      1,721
      -46%
      14,625
      8,015
      82%
      RAM BRAND
      42,511
      37,952
      12%
      492,254
      442,554
      11%
      Giulia
      0
      0
      New
      7
      0
      New
      Alfa 4C 
      23
      34
      -32%
      457
      603
      -24%
      ALFA BRAND
      23
      34
      -32%
      464
      603
      -23%
      500
      1,147
      974
      18%
      14,026
      22,243
      -37%
      500L
      96
      231
      -58%
      3,016
      7,275
      -59%
      500X
      822
      1,621
      -49%
      10,869
      7,785
      40%
      Spider
      350
      0
      New
      2,225
      0
      New
      FIAT BRAND
      2,415
      2,826
      -15%
      30,136
      37,303
      -19%
      TOTAL FCA US LLC
      160,827
      187,731
      -14%
      2,051,796
      2,038,953
      1%
                        Total Car & MPV
      38,142
      57,802
      -34%
      545,787
      647,421
      -16%
          Total UV's
      80,174
      91,977
      -13%
      1,013,755
      948,978
      7%
          Total Truck & LCV
      42,511
      37,952
      12%
      492,254
      442,554
       
    • By William Maley
      Plans for a flagship Jeep may have been trashed. Autoline Daily reported yesterday that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles have cancelled plans for the Grand Wagoneer that was due for the 2019 model. Citing information from industry planning company Auto Forecast Solutions, Autoline Daily says the company cannot stretch out the platform that underpins the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango for a model that would be in a higher segment. 
      Autoline Daily goes on to say that work may continue on a flagship model for Jeep, but use the platform that underpins the Ram 1500 pickup.
      Rumors of the Grand Wagoneer have been floating around for a couple of years and it only recently confirmed by Jeep CEO Mike Manley. Last month, we got a possible preview as to what Grand Wagoneer's front end could look like.
      Source: Autoline Daily (Video Below)
       

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    • By William Maley
      Plans for a flagship Jeep may have been trashed. Autoline Daily reported yesterday that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles have cancelled plans for the Grand Wagoneer that was due for the 2019 model. Citing information from industry planning company Auto Forecast Solutions, Autoline Daily says the company cannot stretch out the platform that underpins the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango for a model that would be in a higher segment. 
      Autoline Daily goes on to say that work may continue on a flagship model for Jeep, but use the platform that underpins the Ram 1500 pickup.
      Rumors of the Grand Wagoneer have been floating around for a couple of years and it only recently confirmed by Jeep CEO Mike Manley. Last month, we got a possible preview as to what Grand Wagoneer's front end could look like.
      Source: Autoline Daily (Video Below)
       
    • By William Maley
      Previous Page Next Page Jeep's compact crossovers, the Compass and Patriot, were never the vehicles they could have been. The poor powertrains, questionable interiors, and lack of features kept them well behind the pack. Yet, these two models were big sellers, but that might due to big discounts on offer. Earlier this year, Jeep unveiled the replacement for the two models, the 2017 Compass which appears to be a big improvement.
      The Compass' new design is a mashup of the larger Cherokee and Grand Cherokee. The front end features the iconic seven-slot grille and a similar headlight design to the Grand Cherokee. The side profile shows off sculpting along the doors and bulging fenders. In terms of size, the new Compass is about two inches shorter than the outgoing Compass/Patriot, but is about the same in terms of width and height. 
      The interior is a huge step forward with ideas taken from the Renegade and Cherokee. Three UConnect systems will be offer, ranging in size from 5 to 8.4 inches. Interestingly, the Compass offers more cargo space than the larger Cherokee. With the rear seats up, the Compass offers 27 cubic feet of space vs the 25 found in the Cherokee. Fold the rear seats and Compass offers five more cubic feet than the Cherokee (60 vs. 55).
      There will be only engine on offer for the U.S.-Spec Compass; the 2.4L Tigershark four-cylinder with 180 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual comes standard for either front-wheel or 4x4 models. Automatics are available as an option; six-speeds for front-wheel drive models and nine-speeds for 4x4 models. Most Compass 4x4 models will get Jeep Active Drive which acts like most all-wheel drive systems - sending power to the front wheels until there is a loss of traction and power is sent to the rear wheels. Opt for the Compass Trailhawk and you'll get Active Drive Low - a full-time 4x4 system with a 20:1 crawl ratio. Both systems come with Jeep's Selec-Terrain that adjust various powertrain and 4x4 systems to whatever terrain you find yourself on.
      No word on when the Compass will go on sale.
      Source: Jeep
      Press Release is on Page 2
      2017 Jeep® Compass: An all-new global compact SUV delivering unsurpassed 4x4 capability, world-class on-road driving dynamics, advanced fuel-efficient powertrains and premium styling
      Most capable compact SUV ever with the most advanced 4x4 systems in its class Jeep® Active Drive Jeep Active Drive Low Premium, distinguished, authentic Jeep exterior styling includes open-air dual-pane sunroof Interior includes sculptured forms, high-quality materials and state-of-the-art technology FCA’s “small wide 4x4 architecture” combines best-in-class capability with exceptional on-road driving dynamics 17 fuel-efficient powertrain options for markets around the world North American models powered by the fuel-efficient 2.4-liter Tigershark, delivering up to 30 miles per gallon (mpg) Engine stop-start (ESS) results in increased fuel efficiency Choice of three transmissions: Class-exclusive nine-speed automatic transmission for 4x4 models Six-speed automatic transmission for 4x2 models Six-speed manual transmission for 4x2 and 4x4 models Fourth-generation Uconnect system includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and the choice of 5.0-, 7.0- or 8.4-inch touchscreens with pinch-and-zoom capability Packed with more than 70 available advanced safety and security features Built in four countries for consumers all around the globe November 17, 2016 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - The all-new 2017 Jeep® Compass expands the brand’s global reach with an unmatched combination of attributes that includes legendary and best-in-class 4x4 off-road capability, advanced fuel-efficient powertrains, premium and authentic Jeep design, superior on-road driving dynamics, open-air freedom, and a host of innovative safety and advanced technology offerings.
      A truly global all-new compact SUV, the 2017 Jeep Compass will be manufactured in Brazil, China, Mexico and India, for consumers in more than 100 countries around the world.
      “Our all-new 2017 Jeep Compass enters an extremely important and growing segment worldwide, and does so with an unmatched list of attributes that includes benchmark 4x4 off-road capability, exceptional on-road driving dynamics, fuel-efficient powertrains, countless advanced technology and safety features, all wrapped in a premium, authentic Jeep design,” said Mike Manley, Head of Jeep Brand – FCA Global. “Built around the world for customers everywhere, Jeep Compass raises the bar in the compact-SUV segment.”
      The 2017 Jeep Compass is available in four different trim configurations: Sport, Latitude, Limited and Trailhawk.
      Best-in-class off-road capability with two leading 4x4 systems
      The all-new 2017 Jeep Compass delivers best-in-class off-road capability, courtesy of two advanced, intelligent 4x4 systems, each of which can send 100 percent of available torque to any one wheel:
      Jeep Active Drive – full-time 4x4 system Jeep Active Drive Low – class-exclusive full-time 4x4 system with 20:1 crawl ratio Both Jeep Active Drive and Active Drive Low 4x4 systems include the Jeep Selec-Terrain system, providing up to five modes (Auto, Snow, Sand and Mud modes, plus exclusive Rock mode on the Trailhawk model) for the best four-wheel-drive performance on- or off-road and in any weather condition. For even greater Trail Rated off-road capability, Selec-Terrain includes Selec-Speed Control with Hill-descent Control on Trailhawk models.
      Compass features a disconnecting rear axle and power take-off unit (PTU), in order to provide 4x4 models with enhanced fuel economy. Jeep Active Drive and Active Drive Low 4x4 systems instantly engage when 4x4 traction is needed.

      Trail Rated Jeep Compass Trailhawk
      For those who seek adventure off the beaten path, the Compass Trailhawk model delivers best-in-class Trail Rated 4x4 capability with:
      Standard Jeep Active Drive Low 4x4 20:1 crawl ratio Selec-Terrain with exclusive Rock mode Increased ride height of almost one inch, skid plates and Jeep signature red front and rear tow hooks Unique fascias with 30-degree approach angle, 24-degree breakover angle and a 34-degree departure angle Hill-descent Control Aggressive 17-inch off-road tires Up to 19 inches of water fording Up to 2,000-lbs. towing capability Superior on-road driving dynamics
      FCA’s “small wide architecture,” a fully independent suspension, segment-exclusive Koni frequency damping front-and-rear-strut system, and precise electric power steering combine to deliver superior on-road driving dynamics in the all-new 2017 Jeep Compass.
      Compass boasts a rigid foundation. The upper body structure and frame are engineered as a single unit for a stiff and more mass-efficient structure, and it is designed and built with an extensive use of high-strength steel and liberal use of structural adhesives. More than 65 percent high-strength steel is used for maximizing vehicle dynamics and crash performance while optimizing weight efficiency.
      Advanced fuel-efficient powertrains
      A total of five engines – three gasoline and two diesel – will be offered, depending on the market worldwide. In North America, the proven, fuel-efficient 2.4-liter Tigershark four-cylinder engine will power the Compass, delivering up to 30 miles per gallon (mpg).
      2.4-liter Tigershark engine with MultiAir2
      Efficiency and refinement also are hallmarks of FCA‘s 16-valve, 2.4-liter Tigershark I-4 engine with the MultiAir2 electro-hydraulic, fully variable valve-actuation system. The advanced technology engine produces 180 horsepower, 175 lb.-ft. of torque and is mated to the choice of three transmissions in North America:
      Class-exclusive nine-speed automatic transmission for 4x4 models Six-speed manual transmission (4x2 and 4x4 models) Aisin six-speed automatic transmission for 4x2 Compass models Class-exclusive nine-speed transmission
      The all-new 2017 Jeep Compass is the only compact SUV to offer a nine-speed automatic transmission, enabling the vehicle to optimize engine output and for aggressive launches and smooth, efficient power delivery at highway speeds. The nine-speed transmission is standard on all Jeep Compass 4x4 models.
      Six-speed manual transmission
      All-new 2017 Jeep Compass 4x2 and 4x4 models are equipped with the standard six-speed manual transmission. This proven transmission features a 6.68 ratio spread and a 4.438 final-drive ratio for fuel efficiency at faster speeds. Thanks to its first-gear launch ratio of 18.4:1, the gearbox delivers quick acceleration with smooth, precise shift quality.
      Six-speed automatic transmission
      Available on Jeep Compass 4x2 models, the Gen III six-speed automatic transmission features a 6.635 ratio spread and a 3.502 final-drive ratio for a responsive, enjoyable drive.
      Authentic Jeep design with premium features and open-air freedom
      The all-new 2017 Jeep Compass features a premium, sculptural design aesthetic. The exterior design is expressive and emotional with a wide stance and exceptional glass-to-wheel proportions. The all-new compact SUV is immediately recognizable as a Jeep with its distinctive traditional Jeep design cues. Jeep designers gave the legendary seven-slot grille a fresh look by setting each of the individual chrome slots in a Gloss Black field. Headlamp bezels featuring a black outline add personality and attitude to the front of the all-new Jeep Compass.
      The exterior of the 2017 Jeep Compass features a traditional clamshell hood with a double break line and center bulge.
      A fast, dramatic roofline and muscular fenders and shoulders create a stunning profile. The available Gloss Black painted roof adds a unique, premium appearance in the compact SUV segment. An available dual-pane sunroof provides the largest opening possible, connecting Jeep drivers and passengers to the outdoors and open-air freedom.
      A standout feature of the rear of the Compass is its unique LED tail lamps. Slim and rectangular in shape, the tail lamps flow into the liftgate for a commanding yet premium appearance instantly recognizable as a Jeep Compass on the road or trail.
      For added consumer convenience, the 2017 Jeep Compass features a power liftgate helping ease cargo storage.
      Upscale interior design boasts premium features and technology
      The all-new 2017 Jeep Compass interior design showcases a premium interior highlighted by sculptural surface elements and precise technical detail.
      The trapezoidal center stack bezel is a characteristic Jeep design cue and sports a color and finish that complements the interior choice. The center stack houses the 5.0-, 7.0- or 8.4-inch touchscreen displays. The center console neatly integrates the functional features of the Jeep Compass, including gear-shift selection, Selec-Terrain controls, electronic parking break, engine stop-start (ESS) controls, climate and volume control knobs, and easily accessible media charging and connectivity ports within the cubby bin.
      The driver’s cockpit is thoughtfully designed and features a 3.5- or 7-inch LED driver information display (DID) instrument cluster. The available full-color 7-inch DID – the largest in the segment – displays information that the driver may configure for easier access while driving. The Jeep steering wheel with integrated audio, voice and speed controls enables drivers to keep their hands on the wheel and attention focused on the road ahead.
      Clever and thoughtfully designed storage solutions are abound throughout the cabin, including a stylish mesh side pocket in the front passenger footwell that can hold a notebook or tablet device, and an inventive multi-level rear cargo floor.
      Advanced technology that delivers thorough use of all-new infotainment systems
      The all-new 2017 Jeep Compass offers four new Uconnect systems for North America (Uconnect 5.0, 7.0, 8.4 and 8.4NAV), delivering communication, entertainment and navigation features that drivers and passengers desire, including the segment’s largest full-color LED instrument cluster.
      The new lineup includes easy-to-use features, enhanced processing power, faster startup times and touchscreens that display high-resolution graphics.
      New Apple CarPlay and Android Auto features
      The all-new 2017 Jeep Compass is equipped with the Uconnect 7.0, 8.4 or 8.4NAV systems and includes the new Apple CarPlay and Android Auto features.
      Apple CarPlay
      Seamlessly integrates an iPhone with the vehicle’s built-in display and controls in addition to featuring Siri Voice control. iPhone-equipped drivers can make phone calls, access music, send and receive messages, and receive voice-guided navigation optimized for traffic conditions and more, while staying focused on the road.
      Android Auto
      System shares useful information when driving and makes it easy to access the best of Google technology. Featuring Google Maps with free voice-guided navigation, live traffic information, lane guidance; on-demand access to 30 million songs with Google Play Music; plus the ability to place phone calls or send and receive messages while keeping hands on the wheel; and ask Google search any question. Android Auto also makes it easy to access popular apps and content from the Uconnect system’s touchscreen.
      Drivers and passengers also have an abundance of infotainment features at their fingertips with SiriusXM Radio, Travel Link, Traffic and Guardian Connected Services that provide real-time information.
      More than 70 available advanced safety and security features
      Safety and security were paramount in the development of the all-new 2017 Jeep Compass, which offers more than 70 available active and passive safety and security features. Consumers can drive with confidence as Compass includes “safety cage” construction with more than 65 percent high-strength steel. Available features include Forward Collision Warning-Plus, LaneSense Departure Warning-Plus, Blind-spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path detection, ParkView rear backup camera with dynamic grid lines, electronic stability control (ESC) with electronic roll mitigation and seven standard air bags.
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    • By William Maley
      Previous Page Next Page Jeep's compact crossovers, the Compass and Patriot, were never the vehicles they could have been. The poor powertrains, questionable interiors, and lack of features kept them well behind the pack. Yet, these two models were big sellers, but that might due to big discounts on offer. Earlier this year, Jeep unveiled the replacement for the two models, the 2017 Compass which appears to be a big improvement.
      The Compass' new design is a mashup of the larger Cherokee and Grand Cherokee. The front end features the iconic seven-slot grille and a similar headlight design to the Grand Cherokee. The side profile shows off sculpting along the doors and bulging fenders. In terms of size, the new Compass is about two inches shorter than the outgoing Compass/Patriot, but is about the same in terms of width and height. 
      The interior is a huge step forward with ideas taken from the Renegade and Cherokee. Three UConnect systems will be offer, ranging in size from 5 to 8.4 inches. Interestingly, the Compass offers more cargo space than the larger Cherokee. With the rear seats up, the Compass offers 27 cubic feet of space vs the 25 found in the Cherokee. Fold the rear seats and Compass offers five more cubic feet than the Cherokee (60 vs. 55).
      There will be only engine on offer for the U.S.-Spec Compass; the 2.4L Tigershark four-cylinder with 180 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual comes standard for either front-wheel or 4x4 models. Automatics are available as an option; six-speeds for front-wheel drive models and nine-speeds for 4x4 models. Most Compass 4x4 models will get Jeep Active Drive which acts like most all-wheel drive systems - sending power to the front wheels until there is a loss of traction and power is sent to the rear wheels. Opt for the Compass Trailhawk and you'll get Active Drive Low - a full-time 4x4 system with a 20:1 crawl ratio. Both systems come with Jeep's Selec-Terrain that adjust various powertrain and 4x4 systems to whatever terrain you find yourself on.
      No word on when the Compass will go on sale.
      Source: Jeep
      Press Release is on Page 2
      2017 Jeep® Compass: An all-new global compact SUV delivering unsurpassed 4x4 capability, world-class on-road driving dynamics, advanced fuel-efficient powertrains and premium styling
      Most capable compact SUV ever with the most advanced 4x4 systems in its class Jeep® Active Drive Jeep Active Drive Low Premium, distinguished, authentic Jeep exterior styling includes open-air dual-pane sunroof Interior includes sculptured forms, high-quality materials and state-of-the-art technology FCA’s “small wide 4x4 architecture” combines best-in-class capability with exceptional on-road driving dynamics 17 fuel-efficient powertrain options for markets around the world North American models powered by the fuel-efficient 2.4-liter Tigershark, delivering up to 30 miles per gallon (mpg) Engine stop-start (ESS) results in increased fuel efficiency Choice of three transmissions: Class-exclusive nine-speed automatic transmission for 4x4 models Six-speed automatic transmission for 4x2 models Six-speed manual transmission for 4x2 and 4x4 models Fourth-generation Uconnect system includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and the choice of 5.0-, 7.0- or 8.4-inch touchscreens with pinch-and-zoom capability Packed with more than 70 available advanced safety and security features Built in four countries for consumers all around the globe November 17, 2016 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - The all-new 2017 Jeep® Compass expands the brand’s global reach with an unmatched combination of attributes that includes legendary and best-in-class 4x4 off-road capability, advanced fuel-efficient powertrains, premium and authentic Jeep design, superior on-road driving dynamics, open-air freedom, and a host of innovative safety and advanced technology offerings.
      A truly global all-new compact SUV, the 2017 Jeep Compass will be manufactured in Brazil, China, Mexico and India, for consumers in more than 100 countries around the world.
      “Our all-new 2017 Jeep Compass enters an extremely important and growing segment worldwide, and does so with an unmatched list of attributes that includes benchmark 4x4 off-road capability, exceptional on-road driving dynamics, fuel-efficient powertrains, countless advanced technology and safety features, all wrapped in a premium, authentic Jeep design,” said Mike Manley, Head of Jeep Brand – FCA Global. “Built around the world for customers everywhere, Jeep Compass raises the bar in the compact-SUV segment.”
      The 2017 Jeep Compass is available in four different trim configurations: Sport, Latitude, Limited and Trailhawk.
      Best-in-class off-road capability with two leading 4x4 systems
      The all-new 2017 Jeep Compass delivers best-in-class off-road capability, courtesy of two advanced, intelligent 4x4 systems, each of which can send 100 percent of available torque to any one wheel:
      Jeep Active Drive – full-time 4x4 system Jeep Active Drive Low – class-exclusive full-time 4x4 system with 20:1 crawl ratio Both Jeep Active Drive and Active Drive Low 4x4 systems include the Jeep Selec-Terrain system, providing up to five modes (Auto, Snow, Sand and Mud modes, plus exclusive Rock mode on the Trailhawk model) for the best four-wheel-drive performance on- or off-road and in any weather condition. For even greater Trail Rated off-road capability, Selec-Terrain includes Selec-Speed Control with Hill-descent Control on Trailhawk models.
      Compass features a disconnecting rear axle and power take-off unit (PTU), in order to provide 4x4 models with enhanced fuel economy. Jeep Active Drive and Active Drive Low 4x4 systems instantly engage when 4x4 traction is needed.

      Trail Rated Jeep Compass Trailhawk
      For those who seek adventure off the beaten path, the Compass Trailhawk model delivers best-in-class Trail Rated 4x4 capability with:
      Standard Jeep Active Drive Low 4x4 20:1 crawl ratio Selec-Terrain with exclusive Rock mode Increased ride height of almost one inch, skid plates and Jeep signature red front and rear tow hooks Unique fascias with 30-degree approach angle, 24-degree breakover angle and a 34-degree departure angle Hill-descent Control Aggressive 17-inch off-road tires Up to 19 inches of water fording Up to 2,000-lbs. towing capability Superior on-road driving dynamics
      FCA’s “small wide architecture,” a fully independent suspension, segment-exclusive Koni frequency damping front-and-rear-strut system, and precise electric power steering combine to deliver superior on-road driving dynamics in the all-new 2017 Jeep Compass.
      Compass boasts a rigid foundation. The upper body structure and frame are engineered as a single unit for a stiff and more mass-efficient structure, and it is designed and built with an extensive use of high-strength steel and liberal use of structural adhesives. More than 65 percent high-strength steel is used for maximizing vehicle dynamics and crash performance while optimizing weight efficiency.
      Advanced fuel-efficient powertrains
      A total of five engines – three gasoline and two diesel – will be offered, depending on the market worldwide. In North America, the proven, fuel-efficient 2.4-liter Tigershark four-cylinder engine will power the Compass, delivering up to 30 miles per gallon (mpg).
      2.4-liter Tigershark engine with MultiAir2
      Efficiency and refinement also are hallmarks of FCA‘s 16-valve, 2.4-liter Tigershark I-4 engine with the MultiAir2 electro-hydraulic, fully variable valve-actuation system. The advanced technology engine produces 180 horsepower, 175 lb.-ft. of torque and is mated to the choice of three transmissions in North America:
      Class-exclusive nine-speed automatic transmission for 4x4 models Six-speed manual transmission (4x2 and 4x4 models) Aisin six-speed automatic transmission for 4x2 Compass models Class-exclusive nine-speed transmission
      The all-new 2017 Jeep Compass is the only compact SUV to offer a nine-speed automatic transmission, enabling the vehicle to optimize engine output and for aggressive launches and smooth, efficient power delivery at highway speeds. The nine-speed transmission is standard on all Jeep Compass 4x4 models.
      Six-speed manual transmission
      All-new 2017 Jeep Compass 4x2 and 4x4 models are equipped with the standard six-speed manual transmission. This proven transmission features a 6.68 ratio spread and a 4.438 final-drive ratio for fuel efficiency at faster speeds. Thanks to its first-gear launch ratio of 18.4:1, the gearbox delivers quick acceleration with smooth, precise shift quality.
      Six-speed automatic transmission
      Available on Jeep Compass 4x2 models, the Gen III six-speed automatic transmission features a 6.635 ratio spread and a 3.502 final-drive ratio for a responsive, enjoyable drive.
      Authentic Jeep design with premium features and open-air freedom
      The all-new 2017 Jeep Compass features a premium, sculptural design aesthetic. The exterior design is expressive and emotional with a wide stance and exceptional glass-to-wheel proportions. The all-new compact SUV is immediately recognizable as a Jeep with its distinctive traditional Jeep design cues. Jeep designers gave the legendary seven-slot grille a fresh look by setting each of the individual chrome slots in a Gloss Black field. Headlamp bezels featuring a black outline add personality and attitude to the front of the all-new Jeep Compass.
      The exterior of the 2017 Jeep Compass features a traditional clamshell hood with a double break line and center bulge.
      A fast, dramatic roofline and muscular fenders and shoulders create a stunning profile. The available Gloss Black painted roof adds a unique, premium appearance in the compact SUV segment. An available dual-pane sunroof provides the largest opening possible, connecting Jeep drivers and passengers to the outdoors and open-air freedom.
      A standout feature of the rear of the Compass is its unique LED tail lamps. Slim and rectangular in shape, the tail lamps flow into the liftgate for a commanding yet premium appearance instantly recognizable as a Jeep Compass on the road or trail.
      For added consumer convenience, the 2017 Jeep Compass features a power liftgate helping ease cargo storage.
      Upscale interior design boasts premium features and technology
      The all-new 2017 Jeep Compass interior design showcases a premium interior highlighted by sculptural surface elements and precise technical detail.
      The trapezoidal center stack bezel is a characteristic Jeep design cue and sports a color and finish that complements the interior choice. The center stack houses the 5.0-, 7.0- or 8.4-inch touchscreen displays. The center console neatly integrates the functional features of the Jeep Compass, including gear-shift selection, Selec-Terrain controls, electronic parking break, engine stop-start (ESS) controls, climate and volume control knobs, and easily accessible media charging and connectivity ports within the cubby bin.
      The driver’s cockpit is thoughtfully designed and features a 3.5- or 7-inch LED driver information display (DID) instrument cluster. The available full-color 7-inch DID – the largest in the segment – displays information that the driver may configure for easier access while driving. The Jeep steering wheel with integrated audio, voice and speed controls enables drivers to keep their hands on the wheel and attention focused on the road ahead.
      Clever and thoughtfully designed storage solutions are abound throughout the cabin, including a stylish mesh side pocket in the front passenger footwell that can hold a notebook or tablet device, and an inventive multi-level rear cargo floor.
      Advanced technology that delivers thorough use of all-new infotainment systems
      The all-new 2017 Jeep Compass offers four new Uconnect systems for North America (Uconnect 5.0, 7.0, 8.4 and 8.4NAV), delivering communication, entertainment and navigation features that drivers and passengers desire, including the segment’s largest full-color LED instrument cluster.
      The new lineup includes easy-to-use features, enhanced processing power, faster startup times and touchscreens that display high-resolution graphics.
      New Apple CarPlay and Android Auto features
      The all-new 2017 Jeep Compass is equipped with the Uconnect 7.0, 8.4 or 8.4NAV systems and includes the new Apple CarPlay and Android Auto features.
      Apple CarPlay
      Seamlessly integrates an iPhone with the vehicle’s built-in display and controls in addition to featuring Siri Voice control. iPhone-equipped drivers can make phone calls, access music, send and receive messages, and receive voice-guided navigation optimized for traffic conditions and more, while staying focused on the road.
      Android Auto
      System shares useful information when driving and makes it easy to access the best of Google technology. Featuring Google Maps with free voice-guided navigation, live traffic information, lane guidance; on-demand access to 30 million songs with Google Play Music; plus the ability to place phone calls or send and receive messages while keeping hands on the wheel; and ask Google search any question. Android Auto also makes it easy to access popular apps and content from the Uconnect system’s touchscreen.
      Drivers and passengers also have an abundance of infotainment features at their fingertips with SiriusXM Radio, Travel Link, Traffic and Guardian Connected Services that provide real-time information.
      More than 70 available advanced safety and security features
      Safety and security were paramount in the development of the all-new 2017 Jeep Compass, which offers more than 70 available active and passive safety and security features. Consumers can drive with confidence as Compass includes “safety cage” construction with more than 65 percent high-strength steel. Available features include Forward Collision Warning-Plus, LaneSense Departure Warning-Plus, Blind-spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path detection, ParkView rear backup camera with dynamic grid lines, electronic stability control (ESC) with electronic roll mitigation and seven standard air bags.
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