5th Mar 2012 by Admin
Like the Jeep Grand Cherokee, the new Jeep Compass takes big steps forward in design, quality and refinement. It’s a decent drive around town and on the highway, and competitive pricing makes it a compact SUV worth considering. It’s also the first Jeep offered in Australia with two-wheel drive, following the lead of 4×4 stalwart Land Rover with the front-wheel drive Range Rover Evoque.
So, after a few years in the wilderness, the Jeep Compass finds its way back to Australia with improved exterior styling, higher quality interiors, revised mechanics (including steering and suspension upgrades) and significantly lower prices. It’s certainly taken a leap forward in terms of acceleration, responsiveness and refinement.
Although a diesel version is currently available in overseas markets, Australia won’t have that option at this stage. Jeep Australia boss Clyde Campbell says this is based on availability, and insists the brand is working with head office in Detroit to determine whether the 100kW/320Nm 2.2-litre turbo diesel variant is possible for 2013.
With a starting price of $26,500 before on-roads for the new base model Sport 2WD manual, the Compass is almost $6,000 cheaper than it was five years ago, and is the currently the only model available in Jeep’s local line-up for under $30,000.
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