After a long wait, Jeep introduced the latest generation of Compass to the world. Interestingly, the Jeep Compass makes world debut from three cities; Guangzhou, Los Angeles, and Sao Paolo. It seems like a sign that the compact SUV is a global car that is ready to attract potential buyers in more than 100 countries.
As we know, the newest Compass is made to replace the aging and lame Jeep Compass and Patriot. So, it looks like a hard work for FCA Group when developing the new generation compact SUV that has to meet what people want from Compass and Patriot replacement, tough, more efficient, less emission, and bring the latest technology.
The exterior design is completely new and I like it so much (and I guess people will like it, too). Compared to the predecessors, the new Compass has more character design, looks tougher, and sleeker. Jeep’s designers have done the right job for this part. When I see the front side, the design reminds me of latest Grand Cherokee. Its headlights design is similar but Compass’ is bigger. Just like other current cars, the compact SUV is eqipped with LED Daytime Running Lights which are placed below the headlamp.
The front bumper features turn signal lamps and fog lights. Jeep also put 7-bar grille as its identity. From side there are bulky wheel arches that made the SUV looks muscular. And at the rear, the taillights feature LED Daytime Running Lights. Moreover, the rear lamps come up with clear background that reminds me of aftermarket product. How about its dimension? 2017 Compass has 4,410 mm length, 1,820 width, 1,640 height, and 2,630 mm wheelbase.
Inside, buyer will be offered with with many features such as, a 7-inch full-color display which Jeep claims as the biggest in the segment. The big screen features UConnect System, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Sirius XM Radio, Travel Link, Traffic And Guardian Connected System.
Just like other Jeeps, the 2017 Compass is offered with advance 4WD systems. There are Jeep Active Drive, a full time 4WD system, and Active Drive Low System, a system with 20:1 crawl ratio. Those systems are equipped with Jeep Select-Terrain system that has five driving modes: Auto, Mud, Rock, Sand, and Snow.
Under the hood, for those you lives in Brazil and some other South America countries will get a gasoline that can run E85 Tigershark 2.0 liter 4-cylinder producing 166 hp and mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. Another choice is a diesel Multijet II 2.0 liter turbo with 170 hp and connected to a 9-speed automatic gearbox. Meanwhile for North America will get a 2.4 liter Tigershark gasoline producing 180 hp and 237 Nm of torque.
2017 Jeep Compass will go on sale early 2017.
Text: Andhika Pradityo