The facelift version of the Jeep Compass will go on sale next week in the UK, with a starting price of $27,783 for the entry-level model, and all the way up to $39,227 for the fully-loaded one. The car will be available in both 2WD and 4WD configurations, and will come with a 3-year / 60,000-mile warranty.
The 2011MY benefits from a wide array of modifications, starting with the facelifted exterior look to the heavily updated interior, along with the new engine options. In the UK, the car is going to be available in four trim levels, and the 4×4 Limited, along with the 70th Anniversary models will be available for sale right after launch date (April 15th). As far as the Sport and Sport+ versions, you will be able to order one of them starting this August.
This year Jeep is celebrating its 70th anniversary and for this occasion it will roll out special editions of each of their sport utility vehicles: Compass, Grand Cherokee, Liberty, Patriot and for the Wrangler. All of these special editions will be available at dealerships by the first quarter of 2011 and will be available in three different exterior colors: Black, Bright Silver and Bronze Star.
The upgrades for these special editions will include only interior changes so these cars will not have increased power outputs or special exterior changes, except for a new set of wheels and a couple of anniversary badges to differentiate them from the standard versions.
The 2011 Jeep Compass 70th Anniversary Edition will come with a new set of 18-inch rims, a 70th anniversary edition badge as well as Dark Slate seats that will have perforated leather inserts embossed with the “Jeep” logo along with the Chestnut accent stitching and piping. Other changes include the unique dark green overlay, another logo on the radio screen and the cargo area with the Chestnut binding.
As mentioned before, no performance upgrades have been made to the Compass which means that the SUV will be available with the same powerplant as the standard version. We are talking about a 2.0-liter World Engine unit that is capable of outputting 158 hp and 141 lb.-ft of torque. The engine is linked to the CVT2 – continuously variable transmission. Another engine available for the Compass is the more powerful 2.4-liter that produces 172 hp and 165 lb.-ft of torque. This unit is fitted with the VVT – dual Variable Valve Timing on both the exhaust and intake camshafts.
The price of the 2011 Jeep Compass 70th Anniversary Edition is $24,970 for the base model.
Among its most important rivals, we include the Ford Escape, Hyundai Tucson and the Toyota RAV4.
It seems that unintended acceleration is at it again, prompting a recall from another carmaker besides Toyota. After opening up an investigation into sticking gas pedals for certain Chrysler models at the beginning of May, the NHTSA published its results and the Pentastar has started taking action.
As such, Chrysler has just announced that it will call back to dealerships 34,631 2007 Dodge Caliber and around 90 2007 Jeep Compass models due to a faulty acceleration pedal, made by CTS Corp, the same manufacturer responsible for the faulty pedals in Toyota models.
Still, the problem isn’t the same as on the Japanese cars, as a larger bearing housing now causes the accelerator pedals to stick and not return to a normal position. Chrysler insists that no incidents were reported and that among the cars recalled, only one third actually have a problem.
Customers are advised to get their models into dealerships in a timely manner for an investigation. If a problem with the gas pedal is found, it will be fixed free of charge.
Yesterday, following its various presentations at the SEMA show, Chrysler, alongside its brand new partner, Fiat, has revealed its plans for the future of the company and all of its manufacturing brands.
Besides revealing plenty of interesting presentations, which you can check out at the Chrysler website, the company highlighted a few things about the iconic Jeep brand. Most importantly, the Patriot and Compass will be replaced in 2013 by a model based on a platform from Fiat.
While speculations point to a cross between Jeep and the Fiat Panda, it would be very interesting to see what Chrysler and Fiat will do in order to get the Jeep brand back to the top of the SUV/CUV market segment.
It was also revealed that the Wrangler model will get facelifts for both the 2010 and 2011 model, with a special 70th Anniversary Wrangler set to be sold in 2011. Also, the executives highlighted that all Jeep models will come with an optional Trail Rated package, ensuring that the off-road prestige of the brand will stay the same.
Overall, it seems that Fiat’s influence on Chrysler might get the company and its respective brands back to the success they enjoyed in yesteryears.
Like we promised last week, today we’ll start a new section over here on Auto Unleashed, called Rpmgo Readers’ Cars, where we’ll present cars that our readers drive. We thought of creating this section after several of our readers sent us photos of their cars to ask us what do we think about them. And it would also be cool to see what everyone drives over here, no matter if it’s a brand new R8 or an old piece of junk. All cars are cars, after all and we love it no matter what. Read more about this here.
The first one to show us his car is cj_jeep, one of our readers from Romania. After owning a new Skoda Octavia, he fell in love with the Compass, the first time he saw it and decided to buy one. And that’s not all, because he didn’t settle with any version of the Compass, he bought the top of the line, with the Mopar kit. And what’s the first cj did after the car arrived? Took it into the woods to give it a really tough offroad test. The car did pretty good, as you can see in the video below.
So, about the car, cj says he paid around 30,000 Euros for it (all taxes included) and that it has a lot of features (almost all available). And, as you can see, it also looks really great. The car is powered by the 2.0 liter diesel engine that produces 140 hp at 4,000 rpm and 310 Nm. The official fuel consumption is 8.3 l/100km (urban), 5.4 l/100km (highway) and 6.5 l/100km (mixed) and cj says those numbers are pretty close to the real road-condition values.
So, what do you think about cj’s car? Drop a comment here.