The Jeep Compass, in its world premiere at the 2002 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, is a concept that feels at home in an urban environment while possessing the free spirit of a performance rally car. Inspired by the 1998 Jeep Jeepster concept and built on a Jeep Liberty platform, Compass also offers a great combination of on-road dynamics and off-highway capability. Aptly named Compass, this latest Jeep concept will be pointing consumers in its segment toward tomorrow. Like a rally car, the two-door Jeep Compass has all-wheel drive, a short wheelbase and a low center of gravity to hug the road. Compass features a lightweight steel 'uniframe' construction and a 210 bhp. (157 KW), 235 lb.-ft. (319 Nm), 3.7-liter PowerTech V-6 engine, offering ample power whether traveling on pavement, gravel, dirt or snowy city streets. Four bucket seats offer all occupants a command-of-the-road seating position, comfort and support. The seats are trimmed in green leather and Goretex with 'G Force Green' soft touch grommets. The rear buckets fold to create a flat loading surface, executed in low-gloss stainless steel with integrated tie-downs in the side trim. True to its Jeep heritage, the interior features a molded rubber floor. The spare tire is incorporated into the rear hatch.
Company press release, last updated before 12 / 01 / 2004