Featuring a Grand Cherokee-inspired design, the facelifted Compass is searching for relevance and sales.

With the 2011 Compass starting to arrive at dealerships, Jeep has officially unveiled the facelifted model in Detroit.

Featuring a Grand Cherokee-inspired design, the updated Compass boasts modified fascias, a revised grille, restyled lighting units, and standard 17-inch aluminum wheels (18-inchers are optional).

Inside, changes are relatively minor but include a new center armrest, soft-touch plastics, an updated steering wheel, and more comfortable seats.

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. On the other hand, 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 - despite being more powerful. Regardless of what engine is selected, both are connected to a five-speed manual or an optional continuously variable transmission (CVT).

While the original Compass was strictly a soft-roader, the facelifted version is available with a Freedom Drive II package which adds low-range gearing, an increased ride height, and Trail Rated badging.  Of course if you don't need anything that hardcore, you can settle for Freedom Drive I or standard front-wheel drive.

Check out the press release for additional information

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