2006 Detroit Auto Show Index by TCC Team (1/7/2006)
Compass Shows the Way to Jeep
2007 Jeep Compass Angie HarmonEnlarge Photo
The Compass has the footprint of a compact car, and Chrysler boasts that the Compass combines the packaging and functionality of an SUV with the driving attributes and fuel economy of a small car. Built on the same new small-car platform as the Dodge Caliber and made at the same
Although the Compass isn’t as off-road focused as other models in the Jeep lineup, when properly equipped it can claim some measure of off-road ability, including respectable approach/departure angles of 21/32 degrees. Compasses come with either front- or four-wheel drive. Four-wheel-drive versions offer a “lock” mode for its active system, specifically for use in deep snow, sand, or other low-traction surfaces. Stability control, Electronic Roll Mitigation, anti-lock brakes, and Brake Assist are standard. Clever features include an onboard rechargeable flashlight and flip-down tailgate speakers.
The automaker is hoping that the Compass will reach out and bring in new buyers who would not have otherwise considered the Jeep brand. It will go on sale late this summer.
Preview: 2007 Jeep Compass by TCC Team (1/9/2006)
A slightly smaller direction for Jeep.
New Camry Adds Distinctive Appearance, Hybrid Model
2007 Toyota Camry
2007 Toyota CamryEnlarge Photo
The Camry will have a standard 158-hp, 2.4-liter in-line four that’s a revision of the existing engine. The next generation V-6 makes a much bigger leap in power, with the optional 3.5-liter — basically the same engine as is offered in the Avalon — offering 268 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque. The V-6 is mated to an all-new six-speed automatic transmission, while the four-cylinder goes with either a five-speed automatic or a five-speed manual. Most notably, Toyota is offering the latest version of its Hybrid Synergy Drive system on the Camry, pairing it with a four-cylinder engine for an emphasis on fuel economy rather than all-out performance; though the hybrid powertrain still delivers up to 192 hp, with EPA fuel economy of 43 city, 37 highway, an official range of well over 600 miles, and 0-60 in less than nine seconds.