At the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, Jeep will unveil the2014 Compass , which has received numerous upgrades over the 2013 model year.
On the exterior, the 2014 Compass received an updated exterior with an updated grille and headlamps and a new interior trim, plus a choice of two engines. Jeep will also offer new safety features, like front-seat-mounted side air bags and ParkView rear backup camera.
Jeep is also expanding Compass lineup with the addition of a new North trim level developed on the Sport trim line. It adds a series of cool elements like 17-inch aluminum wheels, deep-tint sunscreen glass and more.
The model will be put on sale across Europe in the second half of 2013. Next to the Limited version, Jeep will be also offering North and Sport trims. Prices will be announced at a later date.
Update 8/30/2013: This article has been updated with all of the official details and specifications.
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After the Compass Black Look Concept unveiled in March at the Geneva Motor Show, Jeep has now unveiled the production version called the Compass Black Edition. As its name suggests, this special edition comes with a unique Black look that offers a more distinctive appearance and personality.
For the special edition model, Jeep has added black-gloss inserts, black-gloss headlamps and fog lamp surrounds, black roof rails and step pads, and a new set of 18-inch black-gloss aluminum wheels. Under the hood, the Compass Black Edition has received a 2.2-liter turbo diesel engine delivering a total of 163 hp and a peak torque of 236 lbs-ft.
This special edition will be offered with an active Freedom Drive I four-wheel-drive system featuring Lock mode. The system is designed to give drivers year-round assurance with the ability to handle rough weather and low-traction conditions as well as slick roads that come with rain and light snow.
Jeep has announced a series of three limited edition Altitude models, the second of them being based on the new Compass . The new Altitude series is the result of an old "Name My Ride " contest announced by the company back in January 2012. Due to the contest’s positive reaction - over 2 million Facebook fans - the company decided to create three special editions wearing the winning name: Altitude.
The new Compass Altitude will feature a distinctive black gloss finish for the seven-slot Jeep grille and headlamps, black roof rails, a black step pad and a set of exclusive 18-inch black gloss aluminum wheels wearing Firestone BSW all-season performance tires.
As standard equipment, customers will get power heated exterior mirrors and heated seats, remote start, continuously variable automatic transaxle, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls. The list of safety system will include elements like electronic stability control, electronic roll mitigation, Hill-start Assist (with manual transmission), and side-curtain air bags that cover all rows.
The new Jeep Compass Altitude will arrive at Jeep dealerships in May 2012 and will be priced from $22,190 for 4x2 models and $23,940 for 4x4 models.
At this year’s Geneva Motor Show Jeep will bring a very interesting concept car: the Compass Black Look Concept a prototype model that only serves the purpose of showing us how cool a Compass can become with just the right additions. The concept has received a number of styling cues and functional elements that transform the SUV into a very cool looking model. In fact, the Black Look Concept does look somewhat similar to the Jeep Compass by Mopar that was recently announced for the North American market.
The new Compass production-intent concept features exclusive black-gloss front-end accents, a step pad and 18" aluminum wheels painted in black-gloss. The front grille has also received black-gloss inserts - same treatment being used for the roof rails and step pads, the headlamp and fog lamp surrounds.
For the interior, Jeep added new front and rear bright sill covers, but also a new UConnect multimedia navigation and infotainment system with Bluetooth UConnect Phone and 9-speaker premium Boston Acoustics sound system.
The concept was also fitted with a 2.2-liter turbo diesel engine, one that delivers 163 HP and 236 lbs-ft of torque.
Whatever reasons that may have, the new Mopar-tuned Compass "True North" model is giving the Compass some well deserved love and affection.
The enhancements done on the Compass are prevalently cosmetic, albeit a comprehensive one. On the outside, Mopar added plenty of modifications, including a new matte black-finished roof, wider wheel flares, black-headlamp and fog-lamp surrounds, rear fog lights, a new lower fascia, a new black grille with body color inserts, custom front and rear brush bars and custom rock rails, and a new set of 16" matte black alloy wheels wrapped in BF Goodrich All Terrain tires to go with a 2" lift kit from Rocky Road Suspensions.
Inside, the Mopar went to great lengths to give the Compass’ interior space with plenty of fine-tweaking. The most notable is a tie-up with renowned audio component manufacturer Kicker. For the ’True North’ model, the latter added a completely new audio system that includes front and rear speakers, an amplifier, a sub-woofer, and lift gate speakers. Outside of the audio system set-up, Mopar also added a custom center stack gauge pod that carries the pitch and roll inclinometer gauges. There’s also a new Mopar bright pedal kit, door-sill guards, a rear-cargo tray, a new shift knob and neoprene seats, all of which adds some serious flair and attitude to the Compass’ interior.
Availability for the Compass "True North" model has not yet been announced, although we expect to hear more about the details at the Chicago Auto Show this coming February.
In 2007, Jeep launched a vehicle that was an abomination of this classic American title. The name on the back of the car readCompass , but direction was the one thing Jeep just didn’t have with this particular model. Our guess is that Jeep had no idea in which direction to head in next.
The exterior was classic Chrysler , as they attempted to give crossover buyers some Jeep attitude, but instead insulted them with fake muscular looks. Sort of like a body builder on steroids, the previous-generation Compass was all show and nothing underneath.
The interior was plastered in cheap plastics and a design that would damage retinas. Basically, what buyers were forced to live with was a Dodge Caliber that was more expensive and useless. Hard to believe the Jeep actually kept the name for this next-generation model. However, nearly four years later, the Compass is back and that needle may finally be pointed in the right direction.
Combining an improved aesthetic design with a surprisingly efficient drivetrain – 23 mpg on the city and 29 mpg on the highway in all-wheel drive – and an affordable price tag, the 2011 Compass is looking more and more like a worthy contender in the compact SUV market.
“With the new 2011 Jeep Compass, we’ve applied the premium design cues of our award-winning new Grand Cherokee,” said Mike Manley, President and CEO - Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “Combined with new interior appointments, and refinements to the suspension and steering systems, Jeep Compass provides consumers the ultimate combination of styling, capability, fuel economy, efficiency, safety and value in the important compact-SUV segment.”
The 2011 Compass is going to be built at Jeep’s Belvidere Assembly Plant in Belvidere, Illinois. The vehicle is expected to arrive in Jeep showrooms across America in the coming weeks.
UPDATE 03/07/2011: Check out our review of the 2011 Jeep Compass by clicking here !
In celebrating the brand’s 70th anniversary, Jeep is rolling out special edition models for each of their SUVs. That’s right, all you Jeep-loving folks out there! Jeep has a special edition model coming out for the Compass , Grand Cherokee , Liberty , Patriot , and Wrangler SUVs.
All the anniversary models will be rolled out to dealerships by the first quarter of this year and will come in three different color finishes: Bronze Star, Bright Silver, and Black.
All upgrades on each of the models will only be limited to the interior set-up, which means that if you’re looking for something different on the exterior – with the exception of a few special badges and a new set of wheels - and what’s under their hood, then you’re going to be disappointed.
In any case, the anniversary editions do come with a lot of upgrades, which should make up for everything that was left status quo elsewhere.
Details on the Jeep Compass 70th Anniversary Edition after the jump.
Here we go again, more accelerator pedal problems from automakers. This time its Chrysler , who are recalling 34,000 Dodge and Jeep vehicles to fix sticking gas pedals made by the same supplier who was involved in the Toyota recalls.
Chrysler told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that 25,263 Dodge Calibers and 71 Jeep Compass vehicles were equipped with brake-override systems, but the Detroit automaker issued the voluntary recall anyway.
Chrysler believes that the defect started at CTS. At the factory the bearing housings were made to be too large. This problem was corrected in March 2006. The automaker thinks that only 30% of the vehicles recalled will suffer from the pedal problem.
It was Toyota that first blamed CTS for the accelerator pedal problem after 2.3 million cars were recalled this year. Toyota said many times that the pedals and the floor mats were the only reasons behind the problem. Yet, despite their claims, the NHTSA and two congressional committees are still looking for answers. They believe that the electronics may be at fault.
The NHTSA already fined Toyota $16.4 million for delaying the recall, stating that the company knew about the problem before the recall was announced.
Since the recalls, lawmakers have increased their attention on the NHTSA. Not surprisingly, automakers have also been quicker to issue recalls as well. The NHTSA has been more aggressive with defect probes. In fact, the organization issued one on Chrysler after customer complaints were made back in April.
Jeep has an image, and it’s time to exploit it. The company had an amazing seventeen-year run with the Cherokee because people wanted a vehicle that could do the work of a wagon, but didn’t look like one. Sure it was a capable go-anywhere off-roader, but many of them never left the pavement. This is what helped start the SUV craze.
No matter how much Jeep builds a car to take the tough stuff, there will always be customers who only use its ability to park on lawns. That’s why the Compass exists. It has all the image of a normal rough-and-ready Jeep, but in a package that on-road customers want. Jeep isn’t selling out its heritage (anyone remember the original Jeepster?) There are plenty of other companies making crossover vehicles out there. Jeep is just giving its loyalists a vehicle they can drive when their commute is reduced to paved roads.