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LA MOTOR SHOW

New Compass mixes a modern look with traditional Jeep cues

Compass to top Jeep sales That’s the expectation for Jeep’s new compact SUV, to be launched in mid-2017

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he all-new Jeep Compass, revealed at the Los Angeles motor show, is likely to become the marque’s best-selling model when production hits its stride in the middle of next year, with global sales approaching 300,000. The model will be built in India, Mexico, China and Brazil and sell in about 110 countries. It replaces both the outgoing Compass and ageing Patriot and will slot into the range between the recently launched Renegade and the Cherokee.

Jeep’s British-born boss, Mike Manley, said the opportunity to sell more vehicles in Europe’s booming C-segment SUV market is likely to be the key driver behind the Compass’s expected future status as Jeep’s top seller. The model, whose styling has been modernised along the lines of the Renegade, continues with time-honoured design features such as a clamshell bonnet, muscular front wings and rear shoulders, plus a seven-bar vertical grille.

It will make its European debut at the Geneva show next March and should arrive in European showrooms in mid-2017. Right-hand-drive versions will be in the UK at the beginning of 2018. Both two and four-wheeldrive versions will be offered, and 4x4 buyers will have a choice of a standard or Active Drive Low set-up, a full-time four-wheel drive system that features a 20:1 crawler ratio. The Compass range shares Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’

‘small, wide architecture’ with its Renegade sibling and Fiat’s 500X. Power steering is electrically assisted and the suspension is independent by struts at the front and rear. There will be four European engine options: a 2.0-litre diesel available in 140bhp and 170bhp guises (with either manual or nine-speed auto transmissions), a 1.6-litre diesel offered with two-wheel drive only, and a 1.4-litre petrol turbo with a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch ’box.

SUBARU PREVIEWS ITS BIGGEST CAR YET Subaru revealed its Viziv-7 concept at the LA motor show — the largest model it has yet built. At 5200mm long, 2030mm wide and 1860mm tall, the seven-seat Viziv-7 is described by Subaru as a mid-sized SUV, even though it’s 1mm longer and 20mm taller than the long-wheelbase Range Rover. It’s somewhat narrower, though. The Viziv-7 is powered by a four-cylinder petrol boxer engine and has four-wheel drive. The production version will take a different name and be sold in North America only. JAGUAR XKSS BACK AFTER 59 YEARS

REVISED E-GOLF BOOSTS RANGE BY 50%

The first genuine Jaguar XKSS to be made since 1957 was unveiled in LA. The one-off car is a blueprint for the production of nine examples that will be hand-built in the UK for delivery to buyers next year at a price of more than £1 million each.

VW’s facelifted e-Golf, which gets the same design and infotainment tweaks as the standard Golf, now offers a range of 186 miles, based on NEDC tests. It goes on sale in spring 2017 at a price that’s expected to rise slightly from today’s £31,680.

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In the US, the flagship Compass Trailhawk rides 20mm higher and has special high clearance front and rear. All 4x4 Compass models get hill descent control, plus a switch that selects Auto, Snow, Sand or Mud off-road modes. Inside, the Compass gets a variety of designs, according to model. Jeep claims more than 70 safety features, including forward collision, lane departure and rear cross-path warnings, plus blindspot monitoring. STEVE CROPLEY

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