2017 – JEEP COMPASS     

If last year Jeep reinvented the compact SUV segment with Renegade, it was time for the brand that created the category of 4×4 vehicles to launch the new reference among mid-sized SUVs: the all-new Jeep Compass. Manufactured in the most modern factory of FCA – Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, in Goiana (PE), the new model unites design, technology, performance and sophistication in an unprecedented way in the segment in Brazil. All this added to the incomparable off-road capability that is in the DNA of any Jeep brand vehicle. “Now the family is complete,” says Sérgio Ferreira, director general of the Jeep brand for Latin America. “The Jeep Compass will bridge the gap between Renegade and our traditional imported line of Cherokee, Wrangler and Grand Cherokee. And how could it not be, the Jeep brand comes to establish a new standard of quality in this category with tremendous growth potential, “he adds. The Jeep Compass sets a new course for the middle-class SUV category with a world-class design. The model will debut in Brazil, both in production and sales, and next year will be produced in other factories, offering in more than 100 countries. This shows the relevance of Latin America to the Jeep brand and the role that it can play in the goal of gaining leadership in the global SUV market. For the first time in a vehicle produced in Brazil, the consumer will have access to an advanced set of safety items, which will include adaptive cruise control (ACC), track-change monitoring (LDW) and frontal collision warning / prevention (FCWp), among others.

The mechanics of the Jeep Compass stand out for its timeliness and variety. There will be versions with the new 2.0 Tigershark flexible engine, which works in harmony with a 6-speed automatic and 4×2 traction. Other configurations of the new SUV will be powered by the renowned turbo 2.0 Multijet II, the only diesel in the segment, whose power is distributed by a (also exclusive in the segment) 9-speed automatic transmission and the Jeep Active Drive Low 4WD, the most advanced category. In English, Compass means compass, but the symbolism goes beyond. “The most important instrument in the era of great navigations, the compass connects perfectly to the four values ​​of the Jeep brand, for being synonymous with adventure and freedom. A tool that, used by people full of passion and authenticity, has led humanity to unimaginable frontiers, “explains Sérgio Ferreira. The Jeep Compass can already be ordered in the 200 points of sale of the Jeep network in Brazil, in the following configurations: Sport, Longitude and Limited, equipped with the 2.0 Tigershark; and Longitude and Trailhawk, with the 2.0 Multijet II.

Design with sophistication and authenticity Jeep

The new Jeep Compass presents aesthetic with emotional lines and expressive, of great attitude and with exceptional proportions. The new SUV is immediately recognizable as a Jeep, not only because of its distinctive features (seven-slot grille and trapezoidal contour rail) but also traits that refer to more sophisticated models of the brand, notably the Grand Cherokee. And without leaving aside unique touches such as the roof line down the rear, increasing the appeal, but without damaging the internal space. The optical assemblies have gained special attention from designers, and therefore have LED signatures both front and rear – standard from the initial version. The front lighting is supplemented by daytime running lights and fog lights, also items present in all configurations of the new Jeep, and cannon-type projectors, which can be xenon (Trailhawk and Limited). The lines that denote strength also appear in the hood, in the shape of a shell and with a central carved shoulder. But the most striking and sophisticated feature is the frieze that begins at the base of column A, accompanies the upper line of the side windows, crosses column C, circles the rear window from the side and down – and repeats this path on the other side.

The interior brings materials and finish unmatched in the segment, making the spacious cabin very cozy, without losing sight of the functionality inherent in Jeep brand products. Advanced, the central portion of the panel gives a “muscular” look and shows the inspiration in the trunk of the human body. The idea is completed with the soft touch coating on the panel cover, representing the texture of the skin. There are even refined details with a dark gray finish or ‘piano black’, depending on the version. As if the beauty of style was not enough, the Jeep Compass brings the already famous Easter eggs of the brand. Just like kids looking for eggs at Easter, the fun here is to look for curious details hidden where you least imagine. There’s everything from a salamander (a symbol of climbers) to the Loch Ness monster, past traces of pioneer Jeep Willys MB tires. In addition to clearly demonstrating that designers follow one of the values ​​of the brand, freedom, these little surprises go back to the rich history of the Jeep, which has just turned 75, with more energy than ever before – as proven historical records in global sales since 2012.

Unprecedented technology

Even before entering the Jeep Compass, the Keyless Enter ‘n’ Go presence key (standard from the Longitude versions) already begins to present the extensive list of technological equipment, made to facilitate and, in particular, protect all occupants . With the key in your pocket, you can get into the vehicle and start by pressing the button on the steering column. The presence key can also count on the option of remote start of the engine, allowing the cabin to be pre-conditioned. Right in front of the driver, the TFT configurable screen (present in all versions) on the dashboard features almost two dozen information from the on-board computer and other systems, such as audio, GPS navigation, telephony and safety features . It can be colored and 7.0 inches, further highlighting the internal refinement. All button-driven on the left-hand wheel radius, which also houses cruise control (including ACC, when equipped), speed limiter and audio controls. The well-being on board can be extended with electric seats for driver (8 directions) and passenger (4). All Jeep Compass will have the practical and efficient Uconnect multimedia system with touch screen, built-in GPS navigator, camera of back and connections Bluetooth and USB, already from the version Longitude, the monitor is colored of 8.4 inches, with extra functions like air conditioning control and even more advanced voice commands. Audio quality gets even better with the optional sound of the renowned Beats brand, 506 Watts of power, 9 speakers and subwoofer.

O pacote de série de segurançainclui, entre outros itens, controleeletrônico de estabilidade (ESC), sistemaanticapotamento (ERM), sistema de monitoramento de pressão de pneus (TPMS), controle de velocidade de cruzeiro, controle de partidaemsubida, assistente de partidaem rampa (HSA), freios a disco nasquatrorodas com ABS, trêspontos de fixação de cadeirasinfantisIsofix, repetidores de direçãonosretrovisoresexternos, faróis de neblina com função cornering (acende do lado que se esterçaemmanobrasouembaixasvelocidades) e direção de torque dinâmico (DST), que induz o condutor a virar o volante corretamenteemumasituação de perda de aderência. Among the options for the Sport and Longitude versions (standard for Limited and Trailhawk) there are two additional side air bags, two curtain airbags and one for the driver’s knees, totaling seven bags when added to the two front compartments. But the biggest highlight is the set of features that makes the Jeep Compass reach an unprecedented level among domestic vehicles. It is made up of adaptive speed control (ACC), track-change monitoring (LDW), automatic high beacon (AHB) and frontal collision warning and prevention (FCWP), which encompasses automatic braking. Another item of high technology is the automatic parking system, Park Assist, which operates in parallel and perpendicular spaces.

Unimpeachable performance. About any terrain

Whatever the engine, the Jeep Compass delivers excellent performance. The versions powered by the 2.0 Tigershark flexible engine will have up to 166 hp of power and 201 Nm of torque available. This force will be distributed to the front wheels by the 6-speed automatic transmission, with fins behind the wheel already from the Longitude option. Quando é movimentadopelo motor 2.0 Multijet II turbo diesel, o novo SUV médio da Jeep conta com umatransmissãoautomática de 9 velocidades – sempre com aletasatrás do volante – e tração 4×4 Jeep Active Drive Low. Essesistemavaitrabalhar com o poderio de 170 cv e 350 Nm – número que representa o maior torque da categoria, com 80% (280 Nm) jádisponível a baixas 1.500 rpm. Com isso, o Jeep Compass proporcionanãosomenteótimasarrancadas e retomadas, comoaltaeconomia de combustível. Na comparação com o melhorconcorrente turbo alimentado a gasolina, o custo por quilômetrorodado do novo Jeep é 10% inferior. Com função 4WD Low (reduzida), a tração Jeep Active Drive Low presentenasconfigurações a diesel do Jeep Compass é responsáveltambémpelomelhordesempenho off-road do segmento. Ela acompanha o sistemaSelec-Terrain, úniconacategoria, que prepara o veículo para lidar da melhor forma possível com o piso. Bastagirar o seletor no console central e o conjunto mecânico se adaptaaosmodos Snow (neve, para terrenosescorregadios), Sand (areia), Mud (lama) e Rock (pedra), esteúltimoexclusivo da versãoTrailhawk. Ouentão o Compass faztudosozinho no modo Auto.

Ainteligência do sistema Jeep Active Drive Low se apresenta de outrasformas. Quando a traçãonasquatrorodasnão é necessária, o eixotraseiroficatotalmentedesconectado, para economizarcombustível e reduzir o desgaste dos componentes. Mas a unidade de transferência de força (PTU) localizadanadianteirareacoplaautomaticamente o eixocardã que distribui o torque para as rodas de trás, casosejadetectadaumasituação de risco. Por exemplo, aoiniciarumasubida com oslimpadores do para-brisaacionados – nessecaso o sistemaentende que opisoestáescorregadio e já se antecipa a qualquereventualidade. It is worth mentioning that the off-road capacity of the Jeep Compass Trailhawk is raised to a higher power with the following changes: suspension 2 cm higher, special mixed-use tires, extra protection plates under the body and the black matte adhesive in the center of the hood. Contrary to what can be imagined, it has a practical function, that of eliminating the driver’s dazzle, by cutting unwanted reflections from the sun or other external source of light. For all that, this version receives the Trail Rated 4×4 seal, proving that the vehicle exceeded Jeep criteria for five requirements: articulation, ground clearance, maneuverability, water transposition (in this case up to 48 cm) and traction.

Quality and refinement of construction

The Jeep Compass project was thoughtfully designed to meet the requirements of the most demanding markets on the planet, and this care is present in the units that will leave the most modern factory of the group FCA – Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in Goiana, Pernambuco. These are details ranging from 5,000 solder points on the chassis to courtesy light on the exterior mirrors, from the three microphones on the ceiling to pick up the voice commands to the 18 noise dampers scattered across the body. Not to mention the use of high-strength steel (HSS) in about 70% of the chassis, to increase rigidity and refine dynamic behavior and shock absorption. The biggest goal is to make the quality of the product speak for itself. And in order to achieve this goal, no means and efforts were spared. Case of the McPherson architecture on the rear axle, making the new Jeep have independent suspension on all four wheels. This provides tremendous gains in running comfort, stability and safety. Simpler, but not least, the electric parking brake is so convenient that in everyday life it is possible to forget the existence of it. Not to mention the best use of space and style of the central console.

Special aftermarket for an odd vehicle

The refinement of the project is replicated in the post-sale. In addition to attending technical support at 164 points out of the 200 Jeep network, Mopar has prepared the 60,000-kilometer revision plan with a workforce included and a program of varied and sensible services to meet the needs of consumers. unprecedented for the Jeep in Brazil. With Mopar Vehicle Protection (MVP), the Jeep Compass 2.0 diesel Multijet II engine will have packages, with closed prices, two to five revisions. For versions with the 2.0 Tigershark flexible, up to eight revisions can be purchased in advance. Other Mopar news will be packages that will entitle you to a set of services. As for example two oil changes and a steering alignment, or three oil changes and an alignment. There will also be an offer to extend the benefits of the 24-hour Privilege Service, which normally lasts three years, for another one or two years. It should also be noted that Mopar has two warehouses in Brazil, to make even more agile the displacement of spare parts (many of them national). For Compass only 2,500 components are available. The Jeep Compass warranty is for three years (can be extended for another one or two years) with no mileage limit. The revisions will be done every 12,000 km on the units with the Flex propellant and every 20,000 km on those powered by diesel. Also without time limit, so as not to harm the consumers that run little – only the exchange of oil and filter has to be made annually. As for the accessories, another important front line of Mopar, the Jeep Compass already arrives with more than 40 items (a record number for the segment), half of which was developed especially for the new model.

Christmas arrives and the polemics on the crib come on with the relative exploitation by politicians.

Georgia Melon, Mateo Salving, and Vittorio Sari come to mind but certainly, they will not be alone. The rhetorical tool used in these cases is, in general, to contrast the Nativity Scene with Santa Claus and Christmas lights, where the first would be the only Christian sign of Christmas: a pity that, instead, the latter is also the latter.

To be sure that even the Christmas tree is Christian, it would be enough to observe that it dominates St. Peter’s Square since the beginning of December but with the running times it is necessary to remember that Joseph Ratzinger wrote in 1978: “The trees adorned by Christmas time are not other than the attempt to translate these words into action: the Lord is present, so our forefathers knew and believed, so the trees must meet him, bow before him, become a praise for their Lord “. Then, as Pope, he had reiterated the same concept on several occasions as when he had defined the Christmas tree as an evident “symbol of Christ’s Christmas because with its ever-green leaves it recalls the life that does not die”. And besides the leaves, there are also the fruits, that is the Christmas balls. Because, as the liturgy has always reminded us, the Christmas tree also recalls the new tree of life, which is Christ, opposed to the tree “of death” which is the tree of the knowledge of good and evil from which Eve, he took the forbidden fruit: the fruit of the tree of the earthly paradise brought death to man while the fruit of the tree of the Cross brings Christ, new life.

Less known, perhaps, is that Santa Claus, in his root, is none other than Saint Nicholas of Bari: so not only is “Christian” but also holy. We know this from various historical data. There are depictions in which Nicholas, bishop of Myra in Turkey, is dressed in red sacred vestments, has a white beard that goes to the East and, with his head covered by the machine gun, is identical to Santa Claus. Even more than the images, its history is clear. It tells of how desperate, not having the dowry to give to their three daughters to marry them, he decided to make them the prostitute. Knowing what the bishop Nicholas, rich in family, had decided to secretly throw at night – not to humiliate – the bags full of gold coins money in the house of his father. The operation was repeated for all three daughters and for this reason often in the depictions of the saint we see three “balls” (or “bowls”) that are nothing but the three bags full of money. The episode occurred in the third century. Since then, multitudes of women who could not get married, and more generally people in need of money, began to turn to him.

This devotion, which also brought with it the habit of behaving like the saint, that is to say, “surprise” night gifts, spread very much: last year the relics of St. Nicholas, in Russia, were visited by two million and half of the people, so much so that even Putin went to venerate them in Bari on his Italian trip. And so Santa Claus, that is, Santa Klaus – which is what is called St. Nicholas in many countries – is loved in northern Europe: where in winter it is cold and there is snow, so St. Nicholas that is St. Klaus that is Santa Claus runs with the sleigh and the reindeer. Nativity scene, Santa Claus and Christmas tree, therefore, go together, not separated. As always, we must always do with things that concern Christ. The modern Christmas tree originated in Germany. But the Germans got it from the Romans who, in turn, got it from the Babylonians, and these from the Egyptians. “An old Babylonian tale tells of an evergreen tree that had come out of the trunk of a dead tree.The log was the symbol of Nimrod, dead, the new tree symbolized Nimrod returned to life in the person of Tammuz!

For the Druids the oak was sacred, among the Egyptians it was the palm, and among the Romans it was the pine tree that was decorated with red fruits during the saturnals. Although closely associated with Christianity, the Christmas tree is of pagan origin. In many pagan cultures c ‘ was the ‘ habit in December to bring down the conifers to put them in homes or in temples to celebrate the winter solstice, which took place between 20 and 23 December. These trees appeared to them as if they held magical powers that allowed them to resist the mortal power of darkness and cold. Among the legends surrounding the first use of the Christian Christmas tree, it is told that of a lumberjack who helps a hungry child. The following morning, the child appears to the woodcutter and to his wife as baby Jesus. These, breaking a pine branch, declares to the couple that it will bear fruit during the Christmas period. As announced, the tree was covered with gold apples and silver walnuts. Since 1700, the tradition of the “Christ Baum” “Christ tree” is already well established in Germany.

The Christmas tree in Alsace

But it is perhaps in Alsace that one must look for one of the origins of the modern Christmas tree. In this country, the charm of poetry has enveloped all the acts of public and private life. If tradition tells us that since 1521 it was decorated with branches cut 3 days before Christmas, we do not yet have the use of using the whole tree. In 1546, the city of Sélestat in Alsace allows you to cut green trees for Christmas, during the night of St. Thomas. However we find the oldest mention of the Christmas tree as a whole pine in a description of the uses of the city of Strasbourg, only in 1605. The following passage reads: “At Christmas, it is usual in Strasbourg, to raise pine trees in the houses, there are roses of paper of different colors, of apples, of colored wafers, of sugar, etc., etc. The Reformation he helped spread the custom of the Christmas tree, the Protestants preferring tree to representations of biblical characters from the Nativity nativity scene. According to widespread belief, Martin Luther, a sixteenth-century Protestant reformer, is the first to have decorated a tree with candles. He mentally prepared a sermon while walking on his way back home one winter’s evening, when he was struck and was impressed by the brilliance of the stars that shone through the woods. Wanting to reproduce the scene for his family, he erects a tree in the main hall and decorates the branches with lighted candles. Then, the custom of the decorated tree, from Germany extends to other parts of Western Europe and later to North America.

One of the oldest remains of the custom of the Christmas tree is still in its essence of the Catechism published in 1642-1646 by the Protestant pastor Dannhauer in Strasbourg. He cost that for some time, in Alsace, are hanging at Christmas, for the recreation of children, candy and toys in the branches of a pine.  He declares that he does not know where this custom comes from, from where he could draw his origin, which he strongly rehearses. It was in 1738 that Maria Leszczynska, wife of Louis XV, would install a Christmas tree in the castle of Versailles. In 1765 Goethe was in Leipzig, near a friend, in front of a Christmas tree, he expresses his surprise caused by the spectacle he saw for the first time.

   The Christmas tree in Europe and the Americas

The Christmas tree was introduced in Paris in 1840 by Princess Elena of Mecklenburg, Duchess of Orléans, and subsequently enhanced by Empress Eugenie. It is in Sorel, Quebec, that the Christmas tree makes its first appearance in North America, on the eve of Christmas in 1781, the Baroness Riesel who received a group of British and German officers. The English pudding is on the menu, but the highlight of the evening is the pine that has tree branches decorated with fruit and lit candles, standing in the corner of the dining room. After the painful tribulations that her family faced in the previous two years, the baroness decided to mark her return to Canada by celebrating the traditional German party. While Baron Frederic – Adolf Riesel commanded a group of German soldiers sent by the Duke of Brunswick to help defend Canada, his family and he had been captured and taken prisoner during the disastrous British offensive north of New York in 1777. their release in 1780, they returned to Sorel.

In England the fashion of the Christmas tree does not develop that in the nineteenth century, thanks to Prince Albert, the German spouse of Queen Victoria. Son of the Duke of Saxe-Coburg – Gotha (a duchy in central Germany), Alberto had grown up in the tradition of the Christmas tree, and when he married Victoria in 1840, he demanded from her the adoption of the German tradition. It was in New York in 1882 that a Christmas tree was illuminated for the first time by electricity. Edward Johnson, a colleague of Thomas Edison, decorates a tree with a thread filled with 80 small light bulbs that he himself manufactured. The production of these garlands of lights began around 1890. In Canada, one of the first electricity-lit Christmas trees was erected in Westmount, Quebec, in 1896. In 1900, department stores set up large, lit trees to attract clients. Bright, multicolored and as high as possible. Love it or not, it’s hard not to be fascinated in front of a Christmas tree made of sparkling hand-painted blown glass decorations. But what is its origin? Why do we all need a fir tree?

Digging through time it is difficult to find a certain date. For example, the ancient Romans used to exchange an evergreen plant like holly for the New Year, while the Celts were the first to use the spruce as a symbol of good luck. In the Nordic populations, in fact, the first day of winter was celebrated bringing home an evergreen tree, the only one able to face even the coldest temperatures without losing its needles. Who, instead, can boast of the title of tree city is Tallin in Estonia. In this case, there is a certain date and it is 1441, when a decorated tree was erected in the square of the Baltic city, around which men and women bachelors danced in search of their soul mate. On the contrary, a nice anecdote binds the Christmas tree to Germany. It is said that the duchess of Brieg was the first to make the Christmas tree in 1611 and everything was born by chance.

On the occasion of Christmas, the duchess used to decorate all her residences as a party, turning around in the rooms she realized that a corner was bare. That’s how he decided to have a fir tree positioned to fill that void. To get to the modern tree as we know it today, however, we must wait until the beginning of the nineteenth century. It was at this time that the European courts began to spread the fashion of decorating the fir with refined and unique decorations, at the time only in blown glass. In Vienna in 1816 the princess Henrietta von Nassau Weilburg created the first Christmas tree with glass decorations while, again in Austria, another legend says that she was the mother of Princess Sissi, Ludovica of Bavaria, the first to realize a perfect tree Christmas decorations with blown glass made especially by master blowers Czestochowa. A saleswoman who gave life to a tradition that still today makes Poland the home of blown glass ornaments. Even in Italy, the tree has noble origins. In fact, it is said that Queen Margherita di Savoia was the first to make a Christmas tree decorated with blown glass objects in the Quirinale rooms, which was already a must for decorations from Eastern Europe. An idea that immediately took hold throughout the boot and still shines in our homes today.