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Mike Stevens | Dec 14, 2010

The past six months have seen a company-wide overhaul at Chrysler Group, thanks in large part to the brand's alliance with Italian carmaker, Fiat.

Recent updates have included the Chrysler Grand Voyager and the Sebring-replacing 200. For the company's Jeep range, we've seen the international unveiling of the new Grand Cherokee (launching locally in February), along with the updated Wrangler, Patriot and Cherokee.

This week, Jeep has unveiled the updated-for-2011 Compass, bringing a revised front-end design inspired by the new Grand Cherokee and, as with the previous-generation Compass, the new model shares its insides with its sister-SUV, the Patriot.

For 2011, the updated Compass offers the same interior as the 2011 Patriot, with new soft-touch plastics and a new steering wheel with wheel-mounted controls. Chrysler's Uconnect Voice Command system will also be offered.

The story remains the same beneath the bonnet, with the 2011 Compass drawing power from the Patriot's 125kW and 220Nm 2.4 litre petrol engine, along with a smaller 117kW 2.0 litre petrol engine.

 

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Speaking with TMR today, Chrysler Australia's Dean Bonthorne said that while the brand's local arm will keep the new Compass on its radar, its local 'compact SUV' offering will continue to be the Patriot.

"There is no confirmation at this stage as to the new Jeep Compass being made available for the Australian market. However, as with all new overseas models, we will closely monitor this and evaluate for inclusion in the local line-up," Mr Bonthorne said.

"In the meantime, the Jeep Patriot is our focus for this compact-SUV sector."

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