DETROIT, Jan. 7, 2002 -The Jeep Compass, in its world premiere at
the 2002 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, is a
concept that feels at home in an urban environment while possessing
the free spirit of a performance rally car. Inspired by the 1998
Jeep Jeepster concept and built on a Jeep Cherokee platform, Compass
also offers a great combination of on-road dynamics and off-highway
capability. Aptly named Compass, this latest Jeep concept will be
pointing consumers in its segment toward tomorrow.
Group's Pacifica Advanced Design Center in Carlsbad, California,
was tasked to design a Jeep concept for "millennials,"
the next large, emerging group of consumers in the USA, now age
24 or younger. This group will outnumber the "Baby Boomer"
generation. The Jeep brand has the third highest percentage of "definitely
consider" of all brands among those buyers, as shown by the
2001 Vehicle Experience Study.
are looking for an authentic, affordable vehicle to carry their
friends and gear," said Trevor Creed, Senior Vice President
of Design for the Chrysler Group. "They would prefer to have
an exotic sports car, but those are not only out of their financial
reach, but also don't offer enough room or flexibility. Knowing
their preference for the Jeep brand, we created the Compass to exactly
fit the bill: a capable compact SUV offering performance, cargo
space and an attractive price."
a rally car, the two-door Jeep Compass has all-wheel drive, a short
wheelbase and a low centre of gravity to hug the road. Compass features
a lightweight steel "uniframe" construction and a 157
kW (210 bhp), 319 Nm (235 lb.-ft.), 3.7-litre PowerTech V-6 engine,
offering ample power whether travelling on pavement, gravel, dirt
or snowy city streets.
'G Force Green' exterior paint is reminiscent of a military colour
scheme," said Michael Castiglione, exterior designer for the
Jeep Compass at Pacifica. "The exterior and interior colours
convey a mature, honest integrity and are steeped in Jeep authenticity."
Adds Pacifica's Jordan Meadows: "Even as the instrument panel
looks like the cockpit of a fighter jet with technical dials and
gauges -- and of course a compass -- we have kept the interior styling
simple, uncluttered and functional."
machine-style rotating controls operate all primary functions, while
the gauges are reminiscent of traditional watch faces, and the air
vents have classic aeronautical design. A sturdy grab handle covers
the width of the instrument panel, as a visually strong "backbone"
runs throughout the entire interior. This design element is mirrored
by a full-length overhead console. The instrument panel features
a multi-functional docking station with LCD screen.
bucket seats offer all occupants a command-of-the-road seating position,
comfort and support. The seats are trimmed in green leather and
Goretex with "G Force Green" soft touch grommets. The
rear buckets fold to create a flat loading surface, executed in
low-gloss stainless steel with integrated tie-downs in the side
trim. True to its Jeep heritage, the interior features a moulded
rubber floor. The spare tyre is incorporated into the rear hatch.
Compass conveys an expressive personality in its exterior design
with details such as fender length running lights, and stainless
steel brush guard and sill panels with the Jeep name. The roof features
a unique diamond plate textured liner with integrated tie-downs,
developed to take the abuse of any type of hauling.
goal was to make the Jeep Compass rugged, durable and able to take
a beating at all the typical scuff zones," Castiglione said.
"You can play hard and be rough on this vehicle and its exterior
holds up, giving the driver total freedom to go anywhere, do anything.
After all, it is an authentic Jeep vehicle - right down to its seven-slot
grille and trapezoidal wheel arches."
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~ Jeep Compass ~ Jeep® Compass Concept Vehicle Preliminary Specifications
Engine: 3.7-liter 90 V-6
Estimated Power: 210 bhp. (157 kW)
Estimated Torque: 235 lb.-ft. (319 Nm)
Transmission: Four-speed automatic transmission
Drive: All-wheel drive
Structure: Steel 'uniframe' body
Front: Independent with upper and lower 'A'-arms, coil springs,
gas-charged shock absorbers, stabilizer bar Rear: Live axle with
trailing upper 'A'-arm, dual trailing lower arms, coil springs,
gas-charged shock absorbers, stabilizer bar
Wheels: 20" x 8.5"
Tires: P235/55R20 Goodyear
Length: 163.4 in. (4150 mm)
Width: 72.2 in. (1834 mm)
Height: 64.4 in. (1636mm)
Wheelbase: 104.3 in. (2649 mm)
Front/Rear: 60.8 in. (1544 mm)
Ground Clearance: 8.3 in. (211 mm)
Front: 28 in. (711 mm)
Rear: 31.1 in. (790 mm)
Est. Weight: 3100 lbs. (1406 kg)
0-60 mph. (0-96 km/h): 9 sec.
Top Speed: 110 mph. (176 km/h)