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2011 Jeep Compass Receives "Grand" Facelift: Official Details and Photo Gallery



The Chrysler Group has officially revealed the refreshed for the 2011 model year Jeep Compass crossover, which will go on sale in the U.S. within the next few weeks. In a similar fashion to its sister model, the 2011 Patriot, which looks like a smaller Liberty / Cherokee, the 2011 Compass bears a strong resemblance to Jeep's flagship, the new Grand Cherokee.

In fact, the SUV's restyled front end appears to have been directly lifted off the larger Jeep model. The new headlamps and the traditional Jeep grille with seven slots are joined by redesigned hood and fenders, additional body cladding, new brightwork throughout the exterior and slimmer roof rails.

At the back, the 2011 Compass gains LED tail lamps, new body-color rear spoiler and some trim updates. The newly designed standard 17-inch aluminum wheels, and 18-inch aluminum or chrome-clad wheels that are available on Limited models, complete the exterior makeover.

Inside, the interior is identical to the latest Jeep Patriot meaning buyers of the Compass will be greeted by higher-grade materials including soft touch front-door trim panels with a padded upper surface, a new center armrest and a three-spoke Jeep steering wheel with integrated controls for the radio, cruise control, available handsfree phone and other vehicle functions.

For 2011, the Jeep Compass will be offered with a choice of two powerplants. The base 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol provides 158 horsepower and 141 lb.-ft. (191 Nm) of torque, and can be hooked up to either a continuously variable transmission (CVT2) or a five-speed manual gearbox, in which case it returns 23 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.

Those looking for more power can opt for the 2.4-liter unit, which produces 172-horsepower and 165 lb.-ft. of torque. Again, buyers can choose between the CVT and the 5-speed stick shift. Oddly enough, Jeep claims the larger displacement unit returns the same exact mileage as the 2.0-liter model.

The new Compass is available in three drivetrain configurations, including the standard front-wheel-drive model, the Freedom Drive I with full-time, active four-wheel-drive system with lock mode, and the Freedom Drive II Off-Road Package that comes with a four-wheel-drive system and a second-generation continuously variable transaxle with low range gearing (CVT2L).

Finally, Jeep's newcomer also boasts a retuned suspension for 2011, with higher spring and damping rates, added rebound springs, and an increased diameter of the rear sway bar.

The new Compass is built at the Chrysler Group's Belvidere Assembly Plant in Belvidere, Illinois, with the first examples set to arrive in Jeep showrooms in December 2010.



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Chrysler unveils revamped Compass; styling resembles Grand Cherokee

Alisa Priddle / The Detroit News

Chrysler Group LLC today released details of the overhauled 2011 Jeep Compass on its website.

The compact utility vehicle is among the 16 all-new or significantly updated vehicles that are filling Chrysler showrooms and is one of the few that until today had been kept under wraps.

The redesigned Compass, which goes on sale this month, bears a stronger resemblance to the Jeep Grand Cherokee, the first new vehicle of the automaker's current product revival.

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"With the new 2011 Jeep Compass, we've applied the premium design cues of our award-winning new Grand Cherokee," said Mike Manley, head of the Jeep brand.

"Combined with new interior appointments, and refinements to the suspension and steering systems, Jeep Compass provides consumers the ultimate combination of styling, capability, fuel economy, efficiency, safety and value in the important compact-SUV segment," Manley said in a statement.

New on the Compass are the hood, front fenders, fascia and headlamps as well as a new grille with some chrome accents for a slightly more upscale look.

Protective cladding is designed to protect the car in bad weather or off-road conditions. The Compass has new 17-inch wheels.

The back end has a new rear fascia, body-color spoiler and LED tail lamps. There are chrome exhaust tips on the Limited model.

Under the hood is a 2-liter or 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and a choice of the second-generation continuously variable automatic transmission or a five-speed manual. With the manual, the Jeep gets 23 miles per gallon in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.

To improve the drive, there is a retuned suspension and upgraded steering.

An "All-weather Capability Group" package includes Goodyear 17-inch all-terrain tires, all-season floor mats, daytime running headlamps, engine block heater and tow hooks.

Like most of the vehicles in the lineup, the Compass has seen improvements to the look, feel and quality of the interior. The door panels

as well as the center armrest are now soft to the touch.

The Compass has the new steering wheel that is standard across the Jeep line.

Being a Jeep — even though it is based on the same car underpinnings as the Dodge Caliber — the Compass provides off-road capability with a choice of "Freedom Drive" four-wheel-drive systems. Towing capacity is 2,000 pounds.

There are three trim levels: Compass, Latitude and Limited. The Compass is built at the Belvidere Assembly Plant in Belvidere, Ill., alongside sister vehicles the Jeep Patriot and the Caliber.

From The Detroit News: http://detnews.com/article/20101213/AUTO01/12130368/Chrysler-unveils-revamped-Compass--styling-resembles-Grand-Cherokee#ixzz1823PNhKJ

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the mpg and cvt improvements as well as the interior and schnoz have me very interested. i will definitely need a test drive now. didn't at all care for the patriot but am willing to consider this clean sheet. keeping the stick options are surprising but i think is a neat deal. hopefully it drives ok now with the suspension and steering redo.

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I would not be surprised to see them move the Patriot to share the Journey chassis, and dump the Liberty.

Then the Compass' position becomes more of a sport crossover. With better handling etc. and it can get better mpg.

Then they can sell more Compasses and the Patriot is no longer a direct competitor with the Calibre and Compass.

just an idea.

Amazing what a nose job and some lower cladding will do:



Pontiac only wished they could have had the same effect. They had to remove cladding to improve the look. :P

Then again this is a trucklet not a car, so it makes more sense.

its truly shocking they could take the turd front end of the compass and turn it into one of the most handsome Chrysler beaks in recent memory.

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