2011 Jeep Compass: official details, photos and specs

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 13, 2010

Chrysler unveiled today the 2011 Jeep Compass, a new car that promises to offer a new and sophisticated styling, impressive fuel economy and lots of standard features. Clearly inspired by the all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee, the new Compass shows a new hood, new front fenders, new fascia, a new set of headlamps as well as a new front grille and a small dose of chrome surrounding.

In order to improve the lightning, the new Compass uses quad reflector headlamps, while the fog lamps are now high output projector lamps. The design of the front end is also continued at the rear, where we can see a new rear fascia, new body-color rear spoiler and subtle, upscale touches including new LED taillamps.

The 2011 Compass Limited models features bright trim on the step pad and a chrome exhaust tip. Inside, the car comes with new soft touch front-door trim panels with a padded upper surface, a new center armrest but also a new steering wheel with integrated controls which allow the driver to operate the radio, cruise control, handsfree phone and other functions.

Other improvements include the standard speed control, premium cloth bucket seats as well as new backlighting of door switches, door locks, windows and power mirror controls. And this is not all, as the car also comes with 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.

Standard features include air conditioning, power windows, power locks, power/heated exterior mirrors, keyless entry, aluminum wheels, fog lamps, cruise control and sunscreen glass. Moreover, the 2011 Compass will be offered with 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.

Under the hood, we find a standard 2.0-liter World Engine delivering 158 horsepower (117 kW) and 141 lb.-ft. (191 Nm) of torque and mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT2). The model equipped with this engine delivers 23 mpg in the city, and 29 mpg on the highway when mated to the five-speed manual transmission. Still, the car is offered as an option, with a proven 2.4-liter World Engine that produces 172-horsepower and 165 lb.-ft. of torque.

Mated to a five-speed manual gearbox, the model equipped with this engine in front-wheel drive configuration delivers unsurpassed 23 miles per gallon (mpg) in the city, and 29 mpg on the highway. In addition to the standard front-wheel-drive system, the 2011 Compass will be offered with Freedom Drive I and the Freedom Drive II Off-Road Package. The Freedom Drive I offers -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.

The Freedom Drive II Off-Road Package comes with four-wheel-drive system that delivers Jeep Trail Rated capability, and includes a second-generation continuously variable transaxle with low range (CVT2L). Furthermore, the Freedom Drive II Off-Road Package offers a one-inch raised ride height, a full-size spare tire, skid plates, tow hooks, fog lamps and manual seat height adjuster.

The 2011 Jeep Compass is available in the following exterior colors: Blackberry Pearl Coat, Bright Silver Metallic Clear Coat, Bright White Clear Coat, Brilliant Black Crystal Clear Coat, Deep Cherry Red Crystal Clear Coat Deep Charcoal Gray (limited availability) and Mineral Gray Pearl Coat (late availability). The 2011 Jeep Compass is available in three configurations: Compass, Latitude and Limited.

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