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Auburn Hills, Mich. - The Jeep® brand continues its expansion into new territory with the 2008 Jeep Compass — a compact sport-utility vehicle (SUV) that delivers fun, freedom, utility, excellent fuel efficiency and Jeep 4x4 capability at a terrific value. With Compass, Jeep continues to grow by offering an affordable, modern-styled SUV designed to reach consumers who may not have previously considered the brand.

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Jeep Compass competes in the compact SUV segment, which is expected to grow considerably in the next decade, giving the Jeep brand the opportunity to grow with it. Annual compact SUV volume in the United States for the 2006 calendar year was 520,045 units, up from 387,528 units in 2005. The compact SUV segment is expected to continue growing to more than 745,000 units by 2017.

Compact and nimble, Jeep Compass brings a new sense of adventure to the compact SUV market, combining the packaging and functionality of an SUV with the performance, handling, fuel economy and price of a compact car or small pickup. Compass and its stablemate Patriot are the Jeep brand’s first front-wheel-drive-based products with fully independent suspensions for comfortable on-road ride and handling and fun-to-drive characteristics.

In addition to its standard front-wheel-drive configuration, Jeep Compass also has an available full-time, active four-wheel-drive system with lock mode called Freedom Drive I™. This four-wheel-drive system features a lockable center coupling, giving Jeep Compass drivers the ability to handle rough weather conditions and low-traction surfaces.

Side-curtain air bags, Brake Traction Control, driver-controlled three-mode Electronic Stability Program (ESP), Brake Assist, Electronic Roll Mitigation and Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) with rough-road detection are all standard on the 2008 Jeep Compass.

“WHAT’S NEW FOR 2008”

Exterior

* Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl Coat replaces Black Clear Coat
* Surf Blue Pearl Coat replaces Marine Blue Pearl Coat
* Sunburst Orange Pearl Coat added

Interior

* Air conditioning now standard on all models
* New Dark Slate Gray interior
* Chrome lock knobs on all models
* Interior chrome door handles on all models
* Chrome accent ring on radio knobs on all models
* Standard luxury carpeted floor mats on Jeep Compass Sport with the Special Equipment Group “E” and Limited models
* Tire Pressure Monitor (TPM) warning lamp now standard on all models
* SIRIUS Satellite Radio increases coverage to deliver more than 130 channels of radio programming
* Navigation system available on Limited model

Functional

* Continuously Variable Transaxle (CVT2) now equipped with Auto Stick
* Engine and transaxle calibrations further refined for improved drivability and reduced powertrain noise

Packages

Jeep Compass Sport with Special Equipment Group “E” features:

* Standard YES Essentials® stain-resistant, odor resistant, anti-static seat fabric
* Standard carpeted floor mats
* Standard speed control
* Available Security and Convenience Group (which includes automatic-dimming rearview mirror, compass gauge, universal garage door opener, TPM system, Electronic Vehicle Information Center [EVIC], soft-tonneau cover and security alarm)
* Available Premium Sound Group now includes SIRIUS Satellite Radio
* Available Trailer Tow Prep Group now includes full-size spare tire

Jeep Compass Limited features:

* Standard Driver’s Convenience Group (which includes automatic-dimming rearview mirror, EVIC, universal garage door opener and TPM display)
* Available Security and Convenience Group now includes UConnect® hands-free communication system
* Available Premium Sound Group now includes SIRIUS Satellite Radio

DESIGN
Sleek and sophisticated, the 2008 Jeep Compass broadens the global appeal of the Jeep brand by attracting new buyers who may not have previously considered the brand. Jeep design falls into two categories: Jeep Classic and Jeep Modern. Jeep Compass epitomizes Jeep Modern design and introduces it to the compact SUV segment.

The Jeep Compass features a fresh look with traditional round Jeep headlamps and seven-slot grille, muscular body side flares, a strong stance and sweeping roofline, combined with the versatility of five doors. It is designed to appeal to customers who want four-wheel-drive capability or the year-round versatility of front-wheel drive, combined with excellent fuel economy and an attractive price point.

The Compass features the Jeep brand’s signature seven-slot grille, round headlamps and trapezoidal wheel openings. There also are several modern design twists that distinguish Compass from traditionally styled Jeep vehicles.

Compass’ silhouette—with a steeply raked windshield, expressive hood and deep fascia—gives the Jeep Compass its modern, yet capable appearance. The Jeep Compass’ side profile features uniquely sculptured fender forms delivering a fresh, athletic interpretation of traditional Jeep trapezoidal wheel flares.

While the front door handles are placed on the sheet metal, the rear door handles are mounted on the C-pillar to preserve the character line that is stamped in the rear doors. Black graphic appliqués on the center pillars and the flush-mounted rear quarter glass, combined with the black belt moldings, provide the illusion of a single window opening from A- to D-pillar.

The windshield moldings channel water over the roof and integrate smoothly into the black, full- length side roof rails. These rails are functional; four tie-downs per side are included for securing items, and accessory crossbars are available.

Compass' functional rear spoiler is tuned for aerodynamics and visually extends the vehicle's roofline. A six Light-emitting Diode (LED) Center High Mounted Stop Lamp (CHMSL) and washer nozzle is integrated into the spoiler.

Standard 17-inch aluminum wheels and available 18-inch aluminum or chrome-clad wheels explore Compass' dual nature: off-road capable and on-road sophistication. Large wheels and 27- to 28-inch outer diameter tires combined with the Jeep Compass' suspension design contribute to 8.4 inches of ground clearance. The low-profile design of the rear suspension also maximizes rear seat and cargo room.

The 2008 Jeep Compass features a flexible, functional interior with clever innovations. Jeep Compass' interior combines functional style, comfort and versatility in an appealing and surprisingly roomy package. Jeep Compass' flexible interior gives buyers the capability to do more in terms of seating friends and storing gear.

Jeep Compass has 39.4 inches of rear seat leg room, 53.6 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded flat and 60.7 cubic feet of cargo space with the front passenger seat back and rear seats folded flat. A command-of-the-road seating position (two inches higher than Dodge Caliber) gives Jeep Compass drivers an added feeling of control.

ENGINEERING
Jeep Compass offers buyers the confidence and assurance that comes with Jeep 4x4 capability. In addition to its standard front-wheel-drive configuration, Jeep Compass has an available full-time, active four-wheel-drive system with lock mode called Freedom Drive I. This four-wheel-drive system features a lockable center coupling, which gives drivers the ability to put Jeep Compass in four-wheel-drive lock mode to handle deeper snow, sand and other low-traction surfaces.

The 2008 Jeep Compass’ powertrain is designed to deliver world-class performance, fuel economy and refinement, all at an affordable, entry-level price. Jeep Compass Sport and Limited models feature a standard 2.4-liter World Engine that produces 172 horsepower (129 kW) and 165 lb.-ft. (222 N•m) of torque. This 2.4-liter World Engine has dual Variable Valve Timing (VVT) on both intake and exhaust camshafts, which helps optimize the torque curve at all speeds and produces more power, better fuel economy and smoother, quieter operation than engines without dual VVT. Dual VVT is a technology typically not available on vehicles sold in the United States in the Jeep Compass’ price class. Compass’ 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a five-speed manual transaxle delivers 23 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.

Jeep Compass models feature a standard five-speed manual transaxle and an available CVT2. The Compass’ CVT2 is a second-generation CVT that Chrysler Group engineers calibrated for pleasing engine response and precise ratio control. CVT2 contributes to a fuel economy improvement of 6–8 percent compared with a traditional four-speed automatic transaxle. Compass’ CVT2 also improves vehicle performance compared with an automatic transaxle because of optimized gear ratios, especially during passing maneuvers in the 30–60 mph range.

Also available on the 2008 Jeep Compass Sport 4x2 model is a 2.0-liter World Engine that provides 158 horsepower (117 kW) and 141 lb.-ft. (191 N•m) of torque coupled with the CVT2 and also delivers 23 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.

Jeep Compass also demonstrates that capability and safety go hand in hand. Compass features many standard safety features, including:

* Side-curtain air bags
* ESP
* Brake Assist
* Electronic Roll Mitigation
* ABS with rough-road detection
* Brake Traction Control

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

Breakthrough Jeep conquers new territory

* Jeep Compass is a fun-to-drive compact Jeep 4x4 that delivers fun, freedom, utility and capability, excellent fuel economy, interior flexibility and standard safety features—all at a great value
* Jeep Compass combines the packaging and functionality of a sport-utility vehicle with the performance, handling, fuel economy and price of a compact car or small pickup
* Jeep Compass features a standard 172-horsepower 2.4-liter World Engine with dual Variable Valve Timing (VVT) and an available CVT2 with Auto Stick
* Compact and nimble, Jeep Compass is the right size for world markets

Modern, urban design appeals to a new class of entry-level Jeep buyers

* Jeep Compass is a modern-styled Jeep that broadens the global appeal of the Jeep brand by targeting new buyers who previously may not have considered the brand
* Jeep Compass offers the credibility and prestige of the Jeep brand

Cool, clever innovations abound

* Jeep Compass offers many innovative interior features and flexibility, including:
o Flexible 60/40 split, fold-flat rear seats with available recline feature
o Available front passenger seat that folds forward to create a table-like surface for versatility
o Available 115-volt power outlet in the center console that can power small electronics
o Standard UltraFloor™ durable vinyl load floor is removable and washable
o An available dual purpose, self-recharging removable Light-emitting Diode (LED) interior lamp that is mounted in the headliner above the cargo area can snap out of the bezel to serve as a flashlight
o Premium Sound Group with subwoofer includes two articulating speakers packaged in the liftgate. When the liftgate is open, the speakers can swing down to face rearward for tailgating and other activities
o Sliding center armrest that moves forward 3 inches to accommodate shorter drivers. The armrest lid includes a unique flip pocket for storing a cell phone or an MP3 player
o YES Essentials stain-resistant, odor-resistant, anti-static seat fabric

Value for the money – excellent fuel economy, high-level of standard safety features, including:

* Side-curtain air bags
* ESP
* Brake traction control
* ABS
* Brake Assist
* Electronic Roll Mitigation

MODEL LINEUP

2008 Jeep Compass

Standard Features

* Front-wheel drive
* 2.4-liter World Engine with dual VVT (172 horsepower [128 kW] and 165 lb.-ft. [223 N•m] of torque)
* Five-speed manual transaxle
* Side-curtain air bags
* ESP
* Brake traction control
* Electronic Roll Mitigation
* Hydraulic Brake Assist
* Four-wheel disc ABS
* Air conditioning
* Cloth seats
* Outdoor temperature display
* TPM warning lamp
* AM/FM single-disc CD radio with an auxiliary audio input jack
* UltraFloor vinyl load floor
* 12-volt power outlet
* Center console sliding armrest that moves forward 3 inches to accommodate shorter drivers. Includes a unique center console flip pocket for storing a cell phone or an MP3 player
* Flexible 60/40 split, fold-flat rear seats
* Manual windows and locks and foldaway mirrors
* Tilt steering column
* Sentry Key® engine immobilizer
* Rear window wiper/washer
* Rear window defroster
* Fog lamps
* Body-color grille and fascias
* Compact spare tire
* Dome and cargo lights
* Silver interior bezels and door arm rests
* 17-inch aluminum wheels and touring tires

Optional Features

* Freedom Drive I four-wheel-drive system
* Second-generation CVT2 with Auto Stick
* 2.0-liter World Engine (158 horsepower [117 kW] and 141 lb.-ft. [191 N•m] of torque) coupled with CVT2 (available on 4x2 Sport models only)
* Front seat-mounted side air bags
* Special Equipment Group “E,” which includes:
o 115-volt power outlet in the center console
o YES Essentials seat fabric
o Deep-tinted sunscreen glass
o Speed control
o Manual driver seat height adjuster
o Flexible 60/40 rear seats that fold flat and recline
o Fold-flat passenger seat
o Removable/rechargeable interior LED cargo lamp
o Map reading lamps
o Passenger assist handles
o Driver one-touch power windows
o Power locks and power mirrors
o Remote keyless entry
o Illuminated entry
o Luxury carpeted front and rear floor mats

In addition to the optional features on Jeep Compass Sport, the following options are available on the Jeep Compass Sport with the Special Equipment Group “E”:

* Premium Sound Group with subwoofer (which includes SIRIUS Satellite Radio, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls and six Boston Acoustics speakers with subwoofer and two articulating speakers packaged in the liftgate. When the liftgate is open, the speakers can swing down from the trim panel to face rearward for tailgating and other activities)
* Security and Convenience Group (which includes automatic-dimming rearview mirror, universal garage door opener, TPM, EVIC with compass, soft-tonneau cover and security alarm)
* Trailer Tow Prep Group (which includes engine oil cooler, trailer tow wiring harness and full-size spare tire)
* Heated cloth seats
* Power express open/close sunroof
* AM/FM six-disc CD radio
* Engine block heater
* Smoker’s group
* 17-inch all-terrain Outlined White Letter (OWL) tires

2008 Jeep Compass Limited

Standard Features

In addition to the standard equipment on the Jeep Compass Sport model and the Sport model equipped with the Special Equipment Group “E”, the Jeep Compass Limited model features:

* Leather-trimmed, heated bucket seats
* Leather-wrapped steering wheel with steering-wheel-mounted audio controls
* Automatic-dimming rearview mirror
* Universal garage door opener
* Driver seat manual lumbar adjust
* TPM display
* EVIC
* Bright front and rear fascia overlays
* Lower silver bright bodyside moldings
* 18-inch aluminum wheels and All-season Performance tires

Optional Features

In addition to the options offered on the Jeep Compass Sport and Jeep Compass Sport with the Special Equipment Group "E", additional features available on the Jeep Compass Limited model include:

* Navigation system
* 18-inch aluminum chrome-clad wheels

SAFETY AND SECURITY
Please refer to the safety glossary for descriptions of the following available features:

* Advanced Multi-stage Air Bags
* Anti-lock Brake System (ABS)
* Automatic Locking Retractors
* BeltAlert
* Brake Assist
* Brake Traction Control
* Electronic Roll Mitigation (ERM)
* Electronic Stability Program (ESP)
* Energy-absorbing Steering Wheel and Steering Column
* Enhanced Accident Response System (EARS)
* LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) Child Seat Anchor System
* Pretensioners and Load-limiting Retractors for Front Seat Belts
* Sentry Key® Engine Immobilizer
* Side Guard Door Beams, Front and Rear Doors
* Standard Side-curtain Air Bags
* Structural Safety Cage
* Three-point Seat Belts
* TPM Warning Lamp
* TPM Display System
* Vehicle Theft Security Alarm

COLOR AVAILABILITY

* Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl Coat (New)
* Surf Blue Pearl Coat (New)
* Sunburst Orange Pearl Coat (New)
* Jeep Green Metallic Clear Coat
* Light Khaki Metallic Clear Coat
* Inferno Red Crystal Pearl Coat
* Steel Blue Metallic Clear Coat
* Bright Silver Metallic Clear Coat
* Stone White Clear Coat

MANUFACTURING INFORMATION

* 2008 model year production start: July, 2007
* Production location: Belvidere Assembly Plant in Belvidere, Ill.
* 2.4-liter four-cylinder World Engine: Global Engine Manufacturing Assembly (GEMA) plant in Dundee, Mich.
* Five-speed manual transmission: Magna, Syracuse, N.Y.
* CVT2: Jatco, Mexico

MARKET POSITION
Jeep® Compass is a modern-styled Jeep designed to reach youthful customers who previously may not have considered the brand. Compass has the credibility and cachet of the Jeep brand at a very affordable price. It also provides excellent performance and fuel economy not expected in a sport-utility vehicle

DEMOGRAPHICS

* Gender: 60 percent female/40 percent male
* Median Age: 40
* Median Annual Household Income: $60,000
* Education: 50 percent college graduate
* Household: 55 percent married

MARKET ADVANTAGES
Jeep Compass brings the Jeep brand cachet to the crowded compact SUV class with all-new Jeep 4x4 technology called Freedom Drive I. This full-time, active 4x4 system has a lock feature, which provides confidence for all-weather driving conditions, as well as for driving on loose-traction surfaces.

Jeep Compass offers a high level of standard safety features, including:

* Side-curtain air bags
* ESP
* Brake traction control
* Anti-lock Brake System (ABS)
* Brake assist
* Electronic Roll Mitigation

Jeep Compass offers many innovative interior features and flexibility not available on compact SUVs in its price class, including:

* Standard side-curtain air bags
* Flexible 60/40 split, fold-flat rear seats with available recline feature
* Available front passenger seat that folds forward to create a table-like surface for versatility
* Available 115-volt power outlet in the center console that can power small electronics
* Standard UltraFloor durable vinyl load floor is both removable and washable
* An available dual purpose, self-recharging removable LED interior lamp that is mounted in the headliner above the cargo area can snap out of the bezel to serve as a flashlight
* Premium Sound Group with subwoofer includes SIRIUS Satellite Radio, as well as two articulating speakers packaged in the liftgate. When the liftgate is open, the speakers can swing down to face rearward for tailgating and other activities
* Sliding center armrest that moves forward 3 inches to accommodate shorter drivers. The armrest lid includes a unique flip pocket for storing a cell phone or an MP3 player
* YES Essentials stain-resistant, odor-resistant, anti-static seat fabric

PRODUCT CHRONOLOGY

* All-new for 2007 model year
* 2007 model year production start: May 2006

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