Friday, February 23, 2007

Jeep Compass

Jeep has released a front-wheel-drive model.
The Compass, which goes on sale in the UK in May, is Jeep's softest SUV yet.

It comes equipped with what Jeep is calling Freedom Drive - a four-wheel-drive system that directs power through the front wheels for 90 per cent of the time, only switching to all-wheel drive when things get really slippery.

Remarkably similar to the Intelligent Four-Wheel-Drive system on the new Vauxhall Antara, Freedom Drive promises hatchback-like handling and better economy.

Indeed, Jeep reckons that the Compass will return 43mpg - a heady statistic for the brawny American firm.

The Compass shares a platform with the upcoming Jeep Patriot, and is available with a VW-sourced 2.0-litre six-speed manual diesel engine or 2.4-litre petrol unit with a five-speed manual or auto 'box.

Prices start at £17,990.

© Source: article on topgear
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