Combining the legendary Jeep off-road capability with a distinctive design and a variety of user-friendly technologies that ensure a safe, comfortable and connected everyday driving experience, the Jeep Compass has recently been launched across Europe.
Alas, with the UK being awkward we have to wait until 2018 for a right-hand drive version to grace our roads. So what can we expect when it does get here?
Bridging the gap between the Renegade and Cherokee, the all-new compact SUV is immediately recognizable as a Jeep thanks to characteristic traditional design cues, such as the seven-slot grille and the wheel arches. LED signature headlamp bezels featuring a black outline add personality and attitude to the face of the all-new Jeep Compass.
A total of seven wheel designs are available on the new Jeep Compass. The new model rides on 16″ (standard on Sport and Longitude), 17″ (standard on Trailhawk and Limited and optional on Longitude), 18″ or 19″ tires (both optional on Limited) providing drivers with confident traction in all road conditions. This configuration may change according to markets needs and specifics.
On the inside the Jeep Compass features refined materials and technical details. The centre stack houses a 5.0-, 7.0- or 8.4-inch touchscreen while the centre console neatly integrates gear-shift selection, Selec-Terrain controls, electronic parking brake, engine stop-start (ESS) controls, climate and volume control knobs, and easily-accessible media charging and connectivity ports within the cubby bin.
The driver’s instrument cluster is thoughtfully designed and features a 3.5- or 7-inch LED driver information display. The full-colour 7in screen displays information that the driver may configure for easier access while driving and will be standard on Limited and Trailhawk models.
Three new Uconnect systems deliver communication, entertainment and navigation features to enhance both the driving experience and passengers’ onboard comfort. Uconnect 7.0 or 8.4 NAV systems feature a high definition screen with capacitive touch while Compass Limited and Trailhawk models also feature Uconnect 8.4 NAV with Jeep Skills. This easy-to-use application provides off-road-specific indexes, that allow drivers to monitor their performance on trails.
On – and off – road capability
On the road, the Jeep’s ‘small wide architecture,’ a fully independent suspension, segment-exclusive frequency damping front-and-rear-strut system, and precise electric power steering combine to deliver superior on-road driving dynamics.
Off-road is what Jeep remains famous for though, and best-in-class off-road capability comes courtesy of two advanced, intelligent full-time 4×4 systems: the Jeep Active Drive and the Jeep Active Drive Low, the latter with 20:1 crawl ratio, each of which can send 100 percent of available torque to any one wheel when needed.
Both Jeep Active Drive and Active Drive Low 4×4 systems include the Jeep Selec-Terrain system, providing up to five modes (Auto, Snow, Sand and Mud modes, plus exclusive Rock mode on the Trailhawk model) for the best four-wheel-drive performance on any surface – on- or off-road – and in any weather condition.
Compass features a disconnecting rear axle and power take-off unit (PTU) – in order to provide 4×4 models with enhanced fuel economy. Both Jeep Active Drive and Active Drive Low 4×4 systems instantly engage when 4×4 traction is needed.
The Trailhawk model features increased ride height of almost 2.5 cm, skid plates, red rear tow hook, unique front and rear fascias that deliver 30 degree approach, 24.4 degree breakover and 33.6 degree departure angles, aggressive 17-inch off-road tires and up to 216 mm of ground clearance.
For even greater Trail Rated off-road capability, Selec-Terrain includes Selec-Speed Control with Hill-descent Control on Trailhawk models.
In order to meet all customers’ needs and preferences, the all-new Jeep Compass offers eight powertrain combinations, including two petrol, two diesel engine options and two gearboxes – the nine-speed automatic and the six-speed manual.
In Europe, the Compass range is powered by one petrol and two diesel engines. The petrol engine offering includes a 1.4-liter MultiAir2 Turbo engine with Stop&Start delivering 140 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and 230 Nm of torque at 1,750 rpm in combination with the six-speed manual gearbox and 4×2 configuration, and the 1.4-liter MultiAir2 Turbo engine producing 170 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and torque of 250 Nm at 2,500 rpm, paired to the nine-speed automatic transmission and 4×4 configuration.
The diesel engine range comprises the efficient 1.6-litre MultiJet II with Stop&Start delivering 120 horsepower at 3,750 rpm and 320 Nm of torque at 1,750 rpm, paired to the six-speed manual gearbox and 4×2 configuration, and the 2.0-litre MultiJet II with Stop&Start delivering 140 horsepower at 4,000 rpm – when paired to the nine-speed automatic gearbox – and 140 horsepower at 3,750 rpm -with the six-speed manual transmission – both produce 350 Nm of torque at 1,750 rpm and come with the 4×4 configuration.
A higher output version of the 2.0-litre MultiJet II with Stop&Start – delivering 170 horsepower in combination with the nine-speed automatic transmission and 4×4 configuration (including the Trailhawk specific low range mode) – completes the diesel offer available on the all-new Compass.
More than 70 available advanced safety and security features
Driver and passenger safety were paramount in the development of the all-new Jeep Compass, which offers more than 70 available active and passive safety and security features.
These include Forward Collision Warning-Plus, LaneSense Departure Warning-Plus (both standard across the whole range in Europe), ParkView rear backup camera with dynamic grid lines, Automated Parallel and Perpendicular Park assist, and six standard air bags.
For added protection, Compass also boasts a ‘safety cage’ construction with more than 65% high-strength steel.
Priced from €24,900 for the basic spec, rising to €38,500 for the ultimate off-roader Trailhawk spec. UK prices are expected to be released towards the end of the year.