So onto the Jeep Compass which is the first compact four-wheel drive Jeep will offer for sale, representing a new chapter (one that Jeep hopes will profitable) in the history of the Jeep brand.
Jeep is offering the Compass in with a choice of fuel efficient diesel and petrol engines and an all-new 4WD system in a compact sized package.
"Compass is designed to reach young active customers who may not have previously considered the brand but value the distinctive Jeep look and see four-wheel drive as a must-have on their daily drive," Gerry Jenkins, managing director for the Chrysler Group in Australia."The compact 4WD segment is expected to grow in the future, and these new vehicles mean the Jeep brand is ideally placed to meet this growing need," he said.
The Jeep Compass will be powered by 2.4-litre petrol or 2.0-litre diesel engines. Unfortunately though, Jeep has taken all the hair out of the bold eagle's head and called the Compass' Four-Wheel-Drive system the... wait for it... Freedom Drive. God.
Prices for the Compass will be available closer to the release date in the next few months. The Jepp Compass and Patriot as well as the All new 2007 Jeep Wrangler will be on display at the Melbourne International Motorshow.