It’s not usually that new or up to date Jeeps are revealed in Europe earlier than the U.S., however depend as we speak as a kind of days the place Europe takes the main function. The refreshed Jeep Compass is out throughout the pond, and the adjustments are moderately substantial.
Many of the focus went to the Compass’ inside, however we’ll be aware that the entrance finish obtained some consideration, too. There’s a bigger grille space with a mesh design within the entrance bumper. It will get redesigned headlights and fog lights, plus the seven-slat grille is massaged ever so barely. You’ll discover the shortage of tow hooks on this Euro-spec Trailhawk — don’t fret, these will certainly be again within the U.S. Additionally, don’t assume these photographs preview an actual design for the American Compass. Jeep might very nicely be prepping a Compass with U.S. tastes in thoughts. Simply don’t count on it to be a complete lot totally different than what you’re seeing right here.
One space the place we will count on nice similarity between the 2 is inside design. Jeep gave the Compass a wholesale rethink inside, and it seems to be significantly improved over the present automotive. New, fashionable tech takes heart stage. European patrons may have the selection between an 8.4-inch or 10.1-inch touchscreen, and each might be operating the brand new Uconnect 5 software program. Wi-fi CarPlay and Android Auto are alongside for the trip, and so is a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster. It reminds of the brand new cluster discovered within the upcoming Grand Cherokee L, which is beginning to seem like a preview of Jeeps to return.
The brand new inside design seems way more premium than the cheap-looking Compass of as we speak (see the slider comparability above). It options good stitching, shiny surfaces, metal-look buttons and knobs. The place every thing appeared upright and moderately unsophisticated earlier than, the brand new Compass’ inside relies on vast, horizontal traces and is way extra elegant than we’ve come to count on from reasonably priced Jeeps. It is extra harking back to the Grand Wagoneer and Grand Cherokee L. We’re fairly taken by the brown and beige choice — let’s simply hope that inside makes it to the U.S.
Past that, Jeep highlights new driver help techniques coming to the Compass. Essentially the most intriguing is a brand new Freeway Help that mixes adaptive cruise management with a sophisticated lane centering system to make lengthy freeway slogs much less tense. If it really works something like Alfa’s freeway help, we’ll be happy.
The powertrain story remains to be up within the air. Europe will get the candy plug-in hybrid 4xe, however Jeep hasn’t dedicated to providing that powertrain within the U.S. but. The present 2.4-liter four-cylinder looks like a lock for us, however we will hope Jeep ultimately deems us worthy sufficient for the PHEV.
There’s nonetheless no date for a 2022 Jeep Compass reveal within the U.S., however Car and Driver discovered from Jeep that full particulars will drop throughout the subsequent few months.