All-new Jeep® Compass SUV Named IIHS Top Safety Pick for 2017

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Oct. 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --

    --  2017 Jeep® Compass earns Top Safety Pick from Insurance Institute for
        Highway Safety (IIHS)
    --  Highest possible ratings for crashworthiness and collision-warning
    --  All-new Compass achieves "good" rating in each of five IIHS
        crashworthiness tests
    --  Available Automatic Emergency Braking technology - Full-speed Forward
        Collision Warning-Plus - gets "superior" rating; system benefits from
        sensor-fusion strategy
    --  Most capable compact SUV ever offers 70 available safety and security
        features, including seven standard-equipment air bags

The all-new Jeep® Compass has earned a 2017 Top Safety Pick rating from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS).

The 2017 compact SUV achieves "good" ratings in each of five IIHS tests that evaluate crashworthiness. Its available Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) technology also earns a grade of "superior."

Each is the highest possible IIHS rating in its category. A Top Safety Pick designation is contingent on such performance.

"The all-new Jeep Compass benefits from high-strength steel content that exceeds 65 percent," says Mike Manley, Head of Jeep Brand - FCA Global. "This not only contributes to crashworthiness, it speaks to a level of engineering sophistication that makes this vehicle the most capable small SUV ever."

More than half of its high-strength steel comprises hot-stamped steel and advanced high-strength steel, indicative of a trend that has seen FCA US increase their overall use by more than 50 percent since model-year 2012.

The 2017 Jeep Compass scored "good" ratings in tests that simulate:

    --  a side impact with a large SUV or pickup truck;
    --  a moderate-offset frontal impact;
    --  a small-offset frontal impact;
    --  roof-deformation consistent with a rollover; and
    --  a rear collision capable of inducing whiplash

Advanced AEB technology is a hallmark of the safety strategy embraced by FCA US LLC. Accordingly, the all-new Jeep Compass benefits from sensor-fusion technology in its available driver-assist feature, Full-speed Forward Collision Warning-Plus.

"Sensor-fusion combines the attributes of radar technology and cameras, while most competitive systems use one or the other," says Mark Chernoby, Chief Technical Compliance Officer - Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. "This approach affords greater precision for monitoring the road ahead."

Full-speed Forward Collision Warning-Plus is among 70 safety and security features in the all-new 2017 Jeep Compass. Among its seven standard-equipment air bags are seat-mounted side pelvic-thorax air bags and full-length, side-curtain air bags.

The all-new 2017 Jeep Compass starts at $20,995, excluding destination, taxes, title and registration fees.

About Jeep Brand
Built on more than 75 years of legendary heritage, Jeep is the authentic SUV with class-leading capability, craftsmanship and versatility for people who seek extraordinary journeys. The Jeep brand delivers an open invitation to live life to the fullest by offering a full line of vehicles that continue to provide owners with a sense of security to handle any journey with confidence.

The Jeep vehicle lineup consists of the Cherokee, Compass, Grand Cherokee, Renegade and Wrangler. To meet consumer demand around the world, all Jeep models sold outside North America are available in both left and right-hand drive configurations and with gasoline and diesel powertrain options.

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