STOCKHOLM - It is the smallest, most affordable and most fuel-efficient Jeep ever, and it is expected to attract new customers to the brand in Europe.
When the Compass SUV goes on sale in Europe in the fall it will be available only with a 170-hp, 2.4-liter gasoline engine with average fuel consumption of about 27 mpg.
During the second quarter of next year, Jeep will introduce a version of the Compass with a 140-hp, 2.0-liter diesel that will offer fuel consumption of about 34 mpg.
At a base price of 23,990 euros (about $30,400 at current exchange rates), the Compass is about 10 percent less expensive than the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V and Opel Antara.
Thomas Hausch, Chrysler's sales and marketing manager, says the baby Jeep is expected to appeal to an urban, nontraditional Jeep customer base, especially singles and newly married couples ages 30 to mid-40 with an annual household income of about $63,400.
Like the Dodge Caliber and Jeep Patriot, the Compass will be manufactured at the Chrysler group's plant in Belvidere, Ill.
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