Jeep has officially unveiled the facelifted 2011 Compass.
Borrowing a number of design cues from the Grand Cherokee, the Compass features a new hood, modified fascias, a revised grille, and restyled lighting units. Elsewhere, there's a body-color spoiler, plastic body cladding, and standard 17-inch aluminum wheels (18-inchers are optional).
Inside, the cabin echoes the Patriot with soft-touch door panels, a new center armrest, an updated steering wheel, and improved seats.
Under the hood, two engines will be available. The entry-level 2.0-liter four-cylinder produces 158 hp (117 kW) and 141 lb-ft (191 Nm) of torque, which enables it to return 23 mpg city / 29 mpg highway. The optional 2.4-liter churns out 172 hp (128 kW) and 165 lb-ft (223 Nm) of torque. Thanks to dual Variable Valve Timing (VVT), it also returns 23 mpg city / 29 mpg highway. Regardless of what engine is selected, it is connected to a five-speed manual or a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
Front wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is optional. Freedom Drive I is your basic all-wheel drive system, while Freedom Drive II adds low-range gearing, an increased ride height, and Trail Rated badging.
No word on pricing, but the 2011 Compass will start arriving at dealerships later this month.
Check out the press release for additional information