Jeep Compass

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NASREC, Johannesburg – The Jeep® brand continues to tread in new territory with the 2009 Jeep Compass — a compact sport-utility vehicle (SUV) that delivers fun, freedom, utility, excellent fuel efficiency and Jeep 4×4 capability at a terrific value.

For 2009, Jeep Compass features an all-new redesigned instrument panel, centre console with split lid for added storage space and door trim panels. The all-new instrument panel features a smoother look while chrome accents brighten the new round heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) vents, shift bezel, door spears and cluster rings. The all-new centre console and door trim panels feature padded armrests for added comfort. New LED-illuminated cup holders make it easier to place beverages in the right spot at night.

Side-curtain air bags, Brake Traction Control, driver-controlled three-mode Electronic Stability Program (ESP), Brake Assist, Electronic Roll Mitigation (ERM) and Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) with rough-road detection are all standard on the 2009 Jeep Compass.

Compact and nimble, Jeep Compass brings a new sense of adventure to the compact SUV market, combining the packaging and functionality of an SUV with the performance, handling, fuel economy and price of a compact car. Compass, and its stablemate Patriot, are the Jeep brand’s first front-wheel-drive-based products with fully independent suspensions for comfortable on-road ride and handling and fun-to-drive characteristics.

To reduce noise and give Jeep Compass a quieter ride, engine compartment and interior floor insulation has been added. Tuning improvements to the engine exhaust also have been made. Revised suspension tuning also gives Jeep Compass a more comfortable, smoother ride.

Jeep Compass has a full-time, active four-wheel-drive system with lock mode called Freedom Drive I™. This four-wheel-drive system features a lockable centre coupling, giving Jeep Compass drivers the ability to handle rough weather conditions and low-traction surfaces.

WHAT’S NEW FOR 2009
Exterior:

  • Light Sandstone Metallic Clear Coat replaces Light Khaki Clear Coat
  • Deep Water Blue Pearl Coat replaces Steel Blue Metallic Clear Coat
  • Body-color liftgate appliqué

Interior:

  • New instrument panel, door trim panel and centre console
  • Soft touch door armrest and centre console with split lid for added storage space
  • New chrome accents on the HVAC vents, shift bezel, instrument panel, door spears and cluster rings
  • Carpeted load floor replaces vinyl load floor
  • LED-illuminated cup holders
  • Large front and rear floor mats
  • UConnect tunes and UConnect GPS available
  • UConnect tunes
  • Universal Customer Interface (UCI) standard with UConnect

Powertrain/Chassis:

  • Improved engine compartment and floor silencers plus revised exhaust tuning
  • Revised suspension tuning for a more comfortable, smoother ride

DESIGN
Jeep Compass features a flexible, functional interior with clever innovations. Jeep Compass’ interior combines functional style, comfort and versatility in an appealing and surprisingly roomy package. Jeep Compass’ flexible interior gives buyers the capability to do more in terms of seating friends and storing gear.

Jeep Compass has 39.4 inches of rear seat leg room, 53.6 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded flat and 60.7 cubic feet of cargo space with the front passenger seatback and rear seats folded flat. A command-of-the-road seating position gives Jeep Compass drivers an added feeling of control.

Jeep Compass features an all-new redesigned instrument panel, door trim panels and centre console. The all-new instrument panel features a smoother look while chrome accents brighten the new round heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) vents, shift bezel, door spears and cluster rings. New LED-illuminated cup holders make it easier to place beverages in the right spot at night. The all-new door trim panels and centre console feature padded armrests for added comfort.

Sleek and sophisticated, the 2009 Jeep Compass broadens the global appeal of the Jeep brand by attracting new buyers who may not have previously considered the brand.

On the outside, the Jeep Compass features a fresh look with traditional round Jeep headlamps and seven-slot grille, muscular bodyside flares, a strong stance and sweeping roofline, combined with the versatility of five doors. It is designed to appeal to customers who want four-wheel-drive capability or the year-round versatility of front-wheel drive, combined with excellent fuel economy and an attractive price point.

The Compass features the Jeep brand’s signature seven-slot grille, round headlamps and trapezoidal wheel openings. There also are several modern design twists that distinguish Compass from traditionally styled Jeep vehicles.

Compass’ silhouette — with a steeply raked windshield, expressive hood and deep fascia — gives the Jeep Compass its modern, yet capable appearance. The Jeep Compass’ side profile features uniquely sculptured fender forms delivering a fresh, athletic interpretation of traditional Jeep trapezoidal wheel flares.

While the front door handles are placed on the sheet metal, the rear door handles are mounted on the C-pillar to preserve the character line that is stamped in the rear doors. Black graphic appliqués on the centre pillars and the flush-mounted rear quarter glass, combined with the black belt moldings, provide the illusion of a single window opening from the A-pillar to the D-pillar.

The windshield moldings channel water over the roof and integrate smoothly into the black, full-length side roof rails. These rails are functional; four tie-downs per side are included for securing items, and Mopar accessory crossbars are available.

Compass’ functional rear spoiler is tuned for aerodynamics and visually extends the vehicle’s roof line. A six light-emitting diode (LED) centre high-mounted stop lamp (CHMSL) and washer nozzle is integrated into the spoiler.

Standard 17-inch aluminum wheels and 18-inch aluminum wheels explore Compass’ dual nature: off-road capability and on-road sophistication. Large wheels combined with the Jeep Compass’ suspension design, contribute to 8.4 inches of ground clearance. The low-profile design of the rear suspension also maximises rear seat and cargo room.

ENGINEERING
Jeep Compass offers buyers the confidence and assurance that comes with Jeep 4×4 capability. In addition to its standard front-wheel-drive configuration, Jeep Compass has an available full-time, active four-wheel-drive system with lock mode called Freedom Drive I. This four-wheel-drive system features a lockable centre coupling, which gives drivers the ability to put Jeep Compass in four-wheel-drive lock mode to handle low-traction surfaces.

To reduce noise and give the Jeep Compass a quieter ride, engine compartment and interior floor insulation has been added. Tuning improvements to the engine exhaust also have been made. Revised suspension tuning also gives Jeep Compass a more comfortable, smoother ride.

The 2009 Jeep Compass’ powertrain is designed to deliver world-class performance, fuel economy and refinement all at an affordable, entry-level price. Jeep Compass Sport and Limited models feature a standard 2.4-liter World Engine that produces 129 kW and 222 Nm of torque. This 2.4l World Engine has dual Variable Valve Timing (VVT) on both intake and exhaust camshafts, which helps optimise the torque curve at all speeds and produces more power, better fuel economy and smoother, quieter operation than engines without dual VVT. Compass’ 2.4l four-cylinder engine paired with a five-speed manual transmission delivers 23 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.

Jeep Compass models features a standard five-speed manual transmission and a Continously Variable Transmission (CVT2). The Compass’ CVT2 is a second-generation CVT that engineers calibrated for pleasing engine response and precise ratio control. CVT2 contributes to a fuel economy improvement of 6 to 8 % compared with a traditional four-speed automatic transmission. Compass’ CVT2 also improves vehicle performance compared with an automatic transmission because of optimised gear ratios, especially during passing maneuvers in the 45 – 90 km/h range.

Jeep Compass also demonstrates that capability and safety go hand in hand. Compass includes many standard safety features, such as:

  • Advanced Multi-stage Air Bags
  • All-speed Traction Control
  • Anti-lock Brake System (ABS)
  • Auto-reverse Sun Roof
  • BeltAlert
  • Brake Assist
  • Brake/Park Interlock
  • Brake Traction Control System (BTCS)
  • Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH)
  • Child-protection Rear Door Locks
  • Constant Force Retractors (CFR)
  • Crumple Zones
  • Door Alert
  • Electronic Roll Mitigation (ERM)
  • Electronic Stability Program (ESP)
  • Energy-absorbing Steering Column
  • Enhanced Accident Response System (EARS)
  • Height-adjustable Seat Belts
  • Interior Head-impact Protection
  • Knee Bolsters
  • Low-risk Deployment Air Bag
  • Remote Keyless Entry
  • Seat Belt Pretensioners
  • Security Alarm
  • Sentry Key® Engine Immobiliser
  • Supplemental Side Air Bags
  • Supplemental Side-curtain Air Bags
  • Tyre Pressure Monitoring (TPM)
  • uconnect phone

COLOR AVAILABILITY

  • Light Sandstone Metallic Clear Coat (New)
  • Deep Water Blue Pearl Coat (New)
  • Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl Coat
  • Surf Blue Pearl Coat
  • Sunburst Orange Pearl Coat
  • Jeep Green Metallic Clear Coat
  • Inferno Red Crystal Pearl Coat
  • Bright Silver Metallic Clear Coat
  • Stone White Clear Coat

Competitive pricing
Jeep Compass Limited is available from Jeep dealerships in the following models:

  • Jeep Compass 2,4ℓ 5-speed Manual Limited    R259 900
  • Jeep Compass 2,4ℓ CVT Limited     R269 900
  • Jeep Compass 2,0ℓ CRD 6-speed Manual Limited  R299 900

All Chrysler Group vehicles feature the new 3 year / 100 000km warranty and full maintenance plan.