STOCKHOLM -- It is the smallest, most affordable and most fuel-efficient Jeep of all time, and it is expected to attract new customers to the brand in Europe.
When the SUV goes on sale in Europe in autumn it will be available only with a 170hp, 2.4-liter gasoline engine with average fuel consumption of 8.7 liters per 100km.
During the second quarter of next year, Jeep will introduce a version of the Compass with a 140hp, 2.0-liter diesel that will offer fuel consumption of 6.8 liters per 100km.
At a base price of 23,990, the Compass is about 10 percent less expensive than the Toyota RAV4, which is the top-selling model in the segment, the Honda CR-V and Opel Antara, which will be launched in November.
At the same time, the Compass is only a few hundred euros more expensive than the Hyundai Tucson and the Chevrolet Captiva.
Thomas Hausch, Chryslers sales and marketing manager, says the baby Jeep is expected to appeal to an urban, non-traditional Jeep customer base, especially singles and newly married couples aged 30 to mid-40, with an annual household income of about 50,000.
Jeep, Chrysler and Dodge are the brands that make up the Chrysler group.
Like the Dodge Caliber and the Jeep Patriot, the Compass will be manufactured at a Chrysler US plant in Belvidere, Illinois.
The Compass shares about 50 percent of its components with its sibling models.
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