Back in January at the North American International Auto Show, DaimlerChrysler debuted a new Jeep concept car - the Jeep Compass. We did a story on this vehicle when it first debuted, but we thought that we'd revisit it to fill in some missing details.
We recently ran another story about how rumor has it that the Jeep line will expand to 5 vehicles - the Wrangler, Liberty, Grand Cherokee, and two new models - we've been hearing through the grapevine that the Compass or something similar will be one of the two new models. Here's a quote from the Ward's Auto story that we ran:
Easiest to put into production is the Compass as an entry-level Liberty off the compact SUV platform. The Liberty is assembled in the new Toledo, OH, plant, a facility designed to accommodate a second product. Like Liberty, a production version of the 2-door Compass would be more on-road oriented, equipped to offer a car-like ride with 4X4 capability but not necessarily Rubicon toughness.
So, could this be a Jeep of the future? Only time will tell. Would you buy one? Do you think it will sell? Let us know by submitting your Reader Reaction or by voting in the Jeep News Poll.
JEEP® COMPASS CONCEPT VEHICLE
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
Body & Suspension
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 & Tires
Wheels: 20" x 8.5"
Tires: P235/55R20 Goodyear
Dimensions & Weight
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)