by David Zatz • Posted on December 9th, 2010
The reliable source oh2o wrote that the 2011 Jeep Compass with Freedom Drive II will be Trail-Rated, the first time a Compass has achieved that designation. To accomplish this, the Compass moved the rebound springs to the same architecture as the Grand Cherokee, and raised the height by one inch for models with Freedom Drive II.
Numerous spy shots of the Compass show it with Jeep Grand Cherokee styling, which most critics have lauded as an immense improvement.
The lineup will also be simplified, with a better equipped base model, now including air conditioning, cruise, power windows, locks, and mirrors, and highway gas mileage of 29 mpg, still with a standard manual transmission. The new Latitude model adds an automatic (CVT) transmission and remote start; while the Limited includes the CVT, 18 inch aluminum wheels, automatic temperature control, bright exhaust tip, and bright accents in front and rear.
Freedom Drive II is new to the Compass and, like the all weather package, includes an “off-road front fascia.”
The Compass will start at $19,995 in front wheel drive, and $21,695 in four wheel drive. Freedom Drive II is optional and not included in the four wheel drive package.
Chrysler Group has announced it will recall an estimated 29,500 2014 and 2015 Fiat 500L vehicles shipped in the U.S. and Canada to replace their knee airbags. Of the total, an estimated 25,500 are in the U.S. with the other 4,000 in Canada.
Based on U.S. sales reported through the end of June, the recall appears to cover all of the 500Ls sold or shipped since the model went on the market....
Robert C. Evans wrote, “I caught these right outside my office this morning. It appears to be an updated 2015 Chrysler 300, with a much larger front grill than the current generation. It seems it is almost returning to the original 300 grill and squared off front end. You will also see integrated exhaust in the rear much like the 2015 Chrysler 200.”
Most of the sheet metal should be similar to the current version, as the 2015 will be a relatively minor refresh — except for the use of eight-speed automatics across the board and UConnect upgrades....
If you can’t afford $60,000 or more for the real thing, or the insurance surcharges for driving a 707 horsepower car (even if you promise to use the 500-hp black fob), Dodge will help out by providing a Hemi Hellcat ring-tone for your phone.
The ringtone can be heard and downloaded from www.drivesrt.com/hellcatringtone.
2015 Challenger SRT: Hellcat and 392
2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat at the track
HellCat: supercharged Hemi engines...