Press Release:
2009 Jeep® Compass Takes Brand in a New Direction
The Jeep® brand continues to tread in new territory with the 2009 Jeep Compass — a compact sport-utility vehicle (SÚV) that delivers fun, freedom, utility, excellent fuel efficiency and Jeep 4×4 capability at a terrific value.
For 2009, Jeep Compass features an all-new redesigned instrument panel, center console with split lid for added storage space and door trim panels. The all-new instrument panel features a smoother look while chrome accents brighten the new round heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) vents, shift bezel, door spears and cluster rings. The all-new center console and door trim panels feature padded armrests for added comfort. New LED-illuminated cup holders make it easier to place beverages in the right spot at night.
Side-curtain air bags, Brake Traction Control, driver-controlled three-mode Electronic Stability Program (ESP), Brake Assist, Electronic Roll Mitigation (ERM) and Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) with rough-road detection are all standard on the 2009 Jeep Compass.
Compact and nimble, Jeep Compass brings a new sense of adventure to the compact SÚV market, combining the packaging and functionality of an SÚV with the performance, handling, fuel economy and price of a compact car or small pickup. Compass and its stablemate Patriot are the Jeep brand’s first front-wheel-drive-based products with fully independent suspensions for comfortable on-road ride and handling and fun-to-drive characteristics.
To reduce noise and give the 2009 Jeep Compass a quieter ride, engine compartment and interior floor insulation has been added. Tuning improvements to the engine exhaust also have been made. Revised suspension tuning also gives Jeep Compass a more comfortable, smoother ride.
In addition to its standard front-wheel-drive configuration, Jeep Compass also has an available full-time, active four-wheel-drive system with lock mode called Freedom Drive I™. This four-wheel-drive system features a lockable center coupling, giving Jeep Compass drivers the ability to handle rough weather conditions and low-traction surfaces.
WHAT’S NEW FOR 2009
Exterior:
• Light Sandstone Metallic Clear Coat replaces Light Khaki Clear Coat
• Deep Water Blue Pearl Coat replaces Steel Blue Metallic Clear Coat
• Mold-in-color liftgate appliqué on Sport model
• Body-color liftgate appliqué on Limited model
Interior:
• New instrument panel, door trim panel and center console
• Soft touch door armrest and center console with split lid for added storage space
• New chrome accents on the Compass Sport HVAC vents and shift bezel
• New chrome accents on the Compass Limited HVAC vents, shift bezel, instrument panel, door spears and cluster rings
• Carpeted load floor replaces vinyl load floor
• LED-illuminated cup holders
• Large front and rear floor mats standard on Sport ‘E’ and Limited models
• uconnect tunes and uconnect gps available
• uconnect tunes standard on Limited model
• Úniversal Customer Interface (ÚCI) standard with uconnect
Powertrain/Chassis:
• 2.4L CVT PZEV powertrain option available on FWD CVT model
• Improved engine compartment and floor silencers plus revised exhaust tuning (including larger resonator)
• Revised suspension tuning for a more comfortable, smoother ride
Packages:
Jeep® Compass Sport with Special Equipment Group ‘E’ and Jeep Compass Limited features:
• Security and Convenience Group (which includes HomeLink Úniversal Home Security System Transceiver, Tire Pressure Monitoring TPM display, Electronic Vehicle Information Center EVIC with compass, uconnect phone with ÚCI and auto-dimming rearview mirror with microphone, soft tonneau cover, security alarm, heated cloth seats and front seat-mounted side air bags)
• Sun and Sound Group (which includes a sun roof, uconnect studios SIRIÚS Satellite Radio Sport ‘E’ only, a leather-wrapped §teering wheel with audio controls Sport ‘E’ only and six Boston Acoustics speakers with subwoofer and two articulating speakers packaged in the liftgate. When the liftgate is open, the speakers can swing down from the trim panel to face rearward for tailgating and other activities)
DESIGN
The 2009 Jeep® Compass features a flexible, functional interior with clever innovations. Jeep Compass’ interior combines functional style, comfort and versatility in an appealing and surprisingly roomy package. Jeep Compass’ flexible interior gives buyers the capability to do more in terms of seating friends and storing gear.
Jeep Compass has 39.4 inches of rear seat leg room, 53.6 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded flat and 60.7 cubic feet of cargo space with the front passenger seatback and rear seats folded flat. A command-of-the-road seating position (two inches higher than Dodge Caliber) gives Jeep Compass drivers an added feeling of control.
For 2009, Jeep Compass features an all-new redesigned instrument panel, door trim panels and center console. The all-new instrument panel features a smoother look while chrome accents brighten the new round heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) vents, shift bezel, door spears and cluster rings. New LED-illuminated cup holders make it easier to place beverages in the right spot at night. The all-new door trim panels and center console feature padded armrests for added comfort.
Sleek and sophisticated, the 2009 Jeep Compass broadens the global appeal of the Jeep brand by attracting new buyers who may not have previously considered the brand. Jeep design falls into two categories: Jeep Classic and Jeep Modern. Jeep Compass epitomizes Jeep Modern design and introduces the style to the compact SÚV §egmènt.
On the outside, the Jeep Compass features a fresh look with traditional round Jeep headlamps and seven-slot grille, muscular bodyside flares, a strong stance and sweeping roofline, combined with the versatility of five doors. It is designed to appeal to customers who want four-wheel-drive capability or the year-round versatility of front-wheel drive, combined with excellent fuel economy and an attractive price point.
The Compass features the Jeep brand’s signature seven-slot grille, round headlamps and trapezoidal wheel openings. There also are several modern design twists that distinguish Compass from traditionally styled Jeep vehicles.
Compass’ silhouette — with a steeply raked windshield, expressive hood and deep fascia — gives the Jeep Compass its modern, yet capable appearance. The Jeep Compass’ side profile features uniquely sculptured fender forms delivering a fresh, athletic interpretation of traditional Jeep trapezoidal wheel flares.
While the front door handles are placed on the sheet metal, the rear door handles are mounted on the C-pillar to preserve the character line that is stamped in the rear doors. Black graphic appliqués on the center pillars and the flush-mounted rear quarter glass, combined with the black belt moldings, provide the illusion of a single window opening from the A-pillar to the D-pillar.
The windshield moldings channel water over the roof and integrate smoothly into the black, full-length side roof rails. These rails are functional; four tie-downs per side are included for securing items, and Mopar accessory crossbars are available.
Compass’ functional rear spoiler is tuned for aerodynamics and visually extends the vehicle’s roof line. A six light-emitting diode (LED) center high-mounted stop lamp (CHMSL) and washer nozzle is integrated into the spoiler.
Standard 17-inch aluminum wheels and available 18-inch aluminum or chrome-clad wheels explore Compass’ dual nature: off-road capability and on-road sophistication. Large wheels and 27- to 28-inch outer diameter tires, combined with the Jeep Compass’ suspension design, contribute to 8.4 inches of ground clearance. The low-profile design of the rear suspension also maximizes rear seat and cargo room.
ENGINEERING
Jeep® Compass offers buyers the confidence and assurance that comes with Jeep 4×4 capability. In addition to its standard front-wheel-drive configuration, Jeep Compass has an available full-time, active four-wheel-drive system with lock mode called Freedom Drive I™. This four-wheel-drive system features a lockable center coupling, which gives drivers the ability to put Jeep Compass in four-wheel-drive lock mode to handle deeper snow, sand and other low-traction surfaces.
To reduce noise and give the 2009 Jeep Compass a quieter ride, engine compartment and interior floor insulation has been added. Tuning improvements to the engine exhaust also have been made. Revised suspension tuning also gives Jeep Compass a more comfortable, smoother ride.
The 2009 Jeep Compass’ powertrain is designed to deliver world-class performance, fuel economy and refinement all at an affordable, entry-level price. Jeep Compass Sport and Limited models feature a standard 2.4-liter World Engine that produces 172 horsepower (129 kW) and 165 lb.-ft. (222 N•m) of torque. This 2.4-liter World Engine has dual Variable Valve Timing (VVT) on both intake and exhaust camshafts, which helps optimize the torque curve at all speeds and produces more power, better fuel economy and smoother, quieter operation than engines without dual VVT. Dual VVT is a technology typically not available on vehicles sold in the Únited States in the Jeep Compass’ price class. Compass’ 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a five-speed manual transaxle delivers 23 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.
Jeep Compass models feature a standard five-speed manual transaxle and an available Continously Variable Transaxle (CVT2). The Compass’ CVT2 is a second-generation CVT that Chrysler engineers calibrated for pleasing engine response and precise ratio control. CVT2 contributes to a fuel economy improvement of 6 to 8 percent compared with a traditional four-speed automatic transaxle. Compass’ CVT2 also improves vehicle performance compared with an automatic transaxle because of optimized gear ratios, especially during passing maneuvers in the 30–60 mph range.
Also available on the 2009 Jeep Compass Sport 4×2 model is a 2.0-liter World Engine that provides 158 horsepower (117 kW) and 141 lb.-ft. (191 N•m) of torque coupled with the CVT2 and delivers 23 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.
Jeep Compass also demonstrates that capability and safety go hand in hand. Compass includes many standard safety features, such as:
• Side-curtain air bags
• Electronic Stability Program (ESP)
• Brake Assist
• Electronic Roll Mitigation (ERM)
• Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) with rough-road detection
• Brake Traction Control
Price this car:
MSRP: $18,215-24,345
Invoice: $17,075-22,635
Source: Jeep Press Release

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