Chrysler has officially announced its facelifted 2011 Jeep Compass crossover. The SUV’s restyled front end appears to have been directly lifted off the larger Jeep model. The new headlamps and the traditional Jeep grille with seven slots are joined by redesigned hood and fenders, additional body cladding, new brightwork throughout the exterior and slimmer roof rails.
At the back, the 2011 Compass gains LED tail lamps, new body-color rear spoiler and some trim updates. The newly designed standard 17-inch aluminum wheels, and 18-inch aluminum or chrome-clad wheels that are available on Limited models, complete the exterior makeover.
Inside, the new Compass will be greeted by higher-grade materials including soft touch front-door trim panels with a padded upper surface, a new center armrest and a three-spoke Jeep steering wheel with integrated controls for the radio, cruise control, available handsfree phone and other vehicle functions.
Under the hood, the base 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol provides 158 horsepower and 141 lb.-ft. of torque, and can be hooked up to either a continuously variable transmission or a five-speed manual gearbox, in which case it returns 23 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.
Those looking for more power can opt for the 2.4-liter unit, which produces 172-horsepower and 165 lb.-ft. of torque. Again, buyers can choose between the CVT and the 5-speed stick shift.
Finally, Jeep’s newcomer also boasts a retuned suspension for 2011, with higher spring and damping rates, added rebound springs, and an increased diameter of the rear sway bar.
The new Compass is built at the Chrysler Group’s Belvidere Assembly Plant in Belvidere, Illinois and will arrive in Jeep showrooms in December 2010.