Jeep Compass gets (much needed) styling makover and new Trail Rated off-road option

New Jeep Compass (click to enlarge)
Chrysler’s Jeep division has reworked its slow selling Compass, providing the compact SUV with a series of Grand Cherokee inspired exterior styling cues and a higher quality interior with added levels of standard equipment - all in the hope of reviving its showroom appeal in the face of stiff compact SUV competiton.
Available in either front- or four wheel drive, the Compass will be sold with the choice of two four-cylinder gasoline engines - the so-called World Engines, both hailing from Chrysler's Global Engine Manufacturing Alliance with Hyundai and Mitsubishi: a 2.0-litre unit with 158bhp (118kW) and 141lb (191Nm) of torque, and a 2.4-litre with 172bhp (128kW) and 165lb (224Nm).
The existing Volkswagen sourced 2.0-litre four-cylinder pump injection diesel also offered in Europe and other key markets is expected to be phased out in favour of a Fiat-engineered 1.9-litre four-cylinder common rail unit with 150bhp and 236lb (320Nm) of torque. Gearbox choices include a standard five-speed manual and optional CVT (continuously variable transmission).
Set to get an airing at the Detroit auto show, the Compass line-up has also been extended to include a four-wheel drive Trail Rated model complete with low range gearing, raised ride height, skid plates, tow hooks and 17-inch all terrain tires for the first time. No excuse for leaving the Compass behind next time you hit the Rubicon Trail, then . . .
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