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JEEP COMPASS

Words by Eli Ankutse

There is a reassurance that resides with brands renown for the very ‘skill’ they claims to excel in, a validity via heritage if you will, and so it is with Jeep in the SUV sector. Such is their ‘infatuation’ with the 4×4 that they are yet to release a saloon car and their very name is synonymous with the SUV. No mean feat given the resurgence of the 4×4 sector worldwide, to the extent that even marques like Lamborghini, Bentley & Rolls-Royce are entering the burgeoning space. While most brands are moving away from the city with escapism underlying their inspiration for vehicle development, Jeep is moving in the opposite direction with more ‘city friendly’ models that bring the best of what Jeep have to offer to a more urbane audience.

 


The Jeep Compass combines a youthful, dynamic look, with a more sophisticated form language that features high quality materials and precise technical details.


 

Enter the Jeep Compass; a City-centric all-new compact SUV delivering 4×4 capability in a distinctive, authentic Jeep design. With the introduction of the Compass, the Jeep brand completes its offering in Europe, now catering for every single SUV segment. Developed with European consumers in mind, the new model will provide a compelling proposition to European customers, by combining the legendary Jeep off-road capability with a distinctive design and a variety of user-friendly technologies that ensure a safe, comfortable and connected everyday driving experience.

Best-in-class off-road capability comes courtesy of two advanced, intelligent full-time 4×4 systems: the Jeep Active Drive and the Jeep Active Drive Low

Acknowledging that City driving has its own perils, the Jeep Compass offers more than 70 available active and passive safety and security features including Forward Collision Warning-Plus, LaneSense Departure Warning-Plus (both standard across the whole range in Europe), Blind-spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path detection, ParkView rear backup camera with dynamic grid lines, Automated Parallel and Perpendicular Park assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, electronic stability control (ESC) with electronic roll mitigation – need I continue? Driver and passenger safety were paramount in the development of the Compass which, for added protection, boasts a “safety cage” construction with more than 65 percent high-strength steel.

 


In Europe, the Compass range is powered by one petrol and two diesel engines.


 

To address different customer needs, the all-new Compass offers two petrol and two diesel engines for a total of eight different powertrain combinations and four different configurations: Sport, Longitude, Limited – the top-of-the-range trim in terms of refinement, standard technological contents and equipment – and Trailhawk, offering best-in-class Trail Rated 4×4 capability through specific standard features designed for customers demanding the most in terms of off-road capability. All these city-friendly features combined with a plethora of Jeep signatures make for a car that is not only practical, but an stylistic icon for the compact SUV segment.

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