The new Jeep Compass marks a major step in the importance of the historic Jeep brand around the world and especially in Europe. Developed for Europe, courtesy of the enhanced quality of the finishes and its advanced on board technology, new Compass also introduces major new features that take it to an even higher level in terms of design, safety, technology and functionality.
The new model has a strong aesthetic character, enhanced by a refined and distinctive style – which remains true to the brand’s styling cues, enhanced driving dynamics and more sophisticated safety and connectivity. All this crowned by the renowned Jeep 4x4 capability, a feature honed over 80 years of leadership in off-road driving, in the name of the brand’s claim: ‘Go Anywhere, Do Anything’.
At the launch of its first generation in 2017, the Jeep Compass marked the return of the brand to the C-SUV segment and was the first Jeep specially designed for global sales. This laid solid foundations for the success of this model: since its launch in Europe, the Jeep compact SUV is the driver of the brand’s commercial performance and accounts for more than 40 per cent of its sales, confirming its position as one of the most popular Jeep models by European customers.
The exterior of the new Jeep Compass sports a refreshed look featuring an even more sophisticated, modern design, perfectly adapted to its urban character. The changes are mainly to the front, now featuring a broader, more athletic appearance, achieved using stylistic elements that highlight the vehicle's breadth and on-road presence.
Compared to the previous version’s separate fog lamp housing, these components are now integrated into a single broad linear opening in the centre, resulting in a ‘layered’ construction of the front.
The horizontal elements emphasise the linearity of the design, while the sculpted surfaces and the three-dimensional effect of the seven-slot grille highlight its dynamism.
Designers have revamped the look of the legendary Jeep grille, raising its vertical position and dividing it into two horizontal sections. It integrates new full LED headlights featuring a thinner, sleek profile (standard across the range). The daytime running lights (DRLs) – now marked out by their subtle elongated form – have also been repositioned and are now built into the main headlights. The lower opening and skid plate are wider and more noticeable too.
All these changes add personality and a technological character to the front, now offering four themes according to the trim:
The body of the Compass has been developed to focus on functionality, specifically in the Trailhawk version, which now features the bumpers and fog lamps in a higher position. The same change was made to the camera radar housing, which has been moved upwards, from the lower air intake to the central opening, for greater protection when driving off-road.
Key new features also include full-LED daytime running lights, high beam, low beam and fog lamps that enhance the vehicle’s efficiency and safety. Thanks to the new front lighting, brightness is increased by approximately 100 per cent compared to the Xenon headlamps, resulting in the improved perception of depth and lateral lighting.
The same treatment can be found in the rear, where the horizontal lines of the front continue and characterise the sleek cut of the taillights, providing a more modern and commanding look.
Finally, the increased functionality of new Compass includes a new tailgate that is operated by making a kicking motion under the bumper to open.
The goal of the Jeep design team was to completely redesign the interior and give it a more modern, sophisticated style, consistent with the exterior design in terms of elegance, linearity and high-tech language. At the same time, improvements to practicality were also made to offer a more functional use of space and broader customisation options.
The update was all-encompassing, involving the dashboard, central tunnel and door panels. The result is a more refined and spacious cabin, featuring premium materials and technical details.
The overlap of volumes, materials and fabrics has given the new dashboard a three-dimensional design with a horizontal ‘three-layer’ development reminiscent of the architectural language. The central horizontal dashboard panel is now more elegant, with ultra-slim air intakes that almost disappear into its layered structure. The controls are seamlessly integrated and easy to reach, as is the touchscreen that dominates the middle of the dashboard, now in a higher and more ergonomic position.
The layered construction of the dashboard has also provided the ability to differentiate and customise the cabin according to the various trim levels, by pairing materials, textures and colours, including upholstery in Nappa leather and practical sports fabric for the central panel, with high-tech aluminium and carbon fibre-effect finishes for the upper panel.
A brand-new chrome insert surrounds the inner dashboard profile, which can also be customised in liquid chrome, brushed chrome, gloss black (Piano Black) and metallic grey (Gunmetal).
Another major new, high-tech feature for the new Compass is the full-HD 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, which accentuates the feeling of modernity. Standard on Limited, Trailhawk and S, it provides the user with around two dozen configuration options in five customisable menus.
The new model also features a refreshed high-tech profile to make the urban driving experience smarter. Major highlights include the full-HD digital 10.25-inch instrument cluster, DAB radio, Uconnect 5 system with 10.1-inch touchscreen, moved to the middle of the dashboard in a higher position so the driver can remain focused on the road.
The interior has also been made even more functional with a new arrangement of the central console and augmented storage compartment space (providing nearly 4.4-litres of additional storage – a three-fold increase versus the 2.8-litres of the previous version, now with a total of 7.2-litres). In addition, it offers a more distinctive style, courtesy of the new dashboard, central tunnel, steering wheel and door panels, which all feature premium materials and finishes. Boot space remains at 438-litres (seats up).
The Uconnect 5 system with a 10.1-inch touchscreen and integrated TomTom navigation boasts a natural language interface with advanced voice recognition, so drivers can talk to the car to control its settings, program the air conditioning and choose favourite music. This feature is integrated into vehicles with TomTom navigation and can be activated hands-free with the wake word “Hey Jeep!”.
Uconnect 5 features easy-to-use connectivity, the main new features of this new-generation system include:
The Jeep Compass is well-equipped to keep vehicle occupants connected while on the go. Standard on all trims is the wireless charging pad for easy smartphone charging (at up to 15W). By simply placing the device on the pad in front of the gear lever, the charging starts, making life on board easier and 100 per cent wireless.
The new Compass Uconnect 5 system also offers Uconnect Services, with a series of innovative connected services for customers, as well as the Emergency Call function. These include:
In terms of safety, the new Jeep Compass offers an even more complete specification, suitable for everyday driving needs. As well as the systems now available as standard across the range – including Forward Collision Warning and LaneSense Departure Warning, Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with Electronic Roll Mitigation (ERM) and front, side and curtain airbags – the active and passive safety specifications are further enhanced with new devices and innovative technology that refines the interaction between driver, vehicle and road. These systems increase the driver’s field of vision, help make information easier to see and enable driver-assistance systems to ensure a safe and stress-free driving experience, especially in the city.
The new Compass is the first Jeep vehicle in Europe to offer level 2 autonomous driving and is equipped with the latest generation ADAS, as standard across the range. These include:
But the biggest new feature is the Highway Assist, combining Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Centering, to automatically adjust the vehicle’s speed and trajectory. The vehicle therefore automatically stays in the middle of the lane, at a sensible distance from the vehicle in front, for a driving experience with total peace of mind (available early 2022 for UK market).
Additional protection and safety are guaranteed by the 360 degree camera. Optionally available on Limited, S and Trailhawk trims, this system offers a 360 degree view of the vehicle and its surroundings, enhanced by dynamic gridlines displayed on a 10.1-inch digital touchscreen. With four high-definition cameras positioned on the grille, rearview mirrors and tailgate, the system offers four different views and activates when driving up to 7.5mph.
The new Compass is fitted with a choice of an efficient internal combustion or plug-in hybrid engine, all Euro 6D Final-compliant, and a range of cutting-edge active and passive safety systems that enhance the dynamic behaviour and the renowned Jeep 4x4 capabilities.
The 4-cylinder 1.3-litre GSE turbo petrol engine delivers 130hp and 270 Nm of torque, in combination with a six-speed manual transmission and is front-wheel drive.
The 1.3-litre engine is designed to offer outstanding performance both on and off-road while delivering excellent driving comfort. It has been updated with specific turbo-matching, maximising the engine response at low revs and reducing CO2 emissions and consumption by up to 27 per cent (WLTP cycle) when compared to previous 4x4 petrol version with automatic transmission.
The 4-cylinder 1.3-litre turbo engine with plug-in hybrid technology, producing 240hp and 270 Nm of torque, is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission and eAWD to power the 4xe versions and completes the new Compass engine range. Today 4xe identifies all Jeep 4x4 vehicles featuring enhanced hybrid capability and performance, guaranteeing the best possible balance between efficiency, driving fun and attention to the environment.
On the 4xe versions, the 1.3-litre turbo engine is paired with an electric motor located on the rear axle, powered by an 11.4kWh battery that can be recharged while driving or via an external power outlet: either at home on your domestic mains, using the efficient and exclusive easyWallbox or the more advanced Connected Wallbox, or from a public charge point. On its own, the efficient 1.3-litre turbo engine delivers 180hp, plus the 60hp produced by the electric motor, creating a total of 240hp. In terms of torque, the electric motor produces 250 Nm, with the combustion engine generating 270 Nm. By combining the internal combustion engine and the electric motors, the new Compass 4xe guarantees remarkable performance and driving pleasure with acceleration from zero to 62mph in around 7.5 seconds. Rapid response and smooth delivery ensure maximum driving pleasure.
4xe models are also ideal cars for driving in the city, courtesy of plug-in hybrid technology, offering zero-emissions travel in full-electric mode, with a range of approximately 30 miles (WLTP cycle), depending on the version. On longer hauls, with the internal combustion engine, average CO2 emissions are between 44 and 47 g/km in hybrid mode (WLTP cycle) depending on the version, while in case of extended off-road driving, the two electric motors featuring Powerloop ensure that eAWD traction is always available to take on extreme adventures with peace of mind.
NEW JEEP COMPASS RANGE
The new Jeep Compass is now offered in four trim levels (Nighteagle, Limited, S and Trailhawk). Customers can also choose from two different powertrain combinations and two configurations – front- or four-wheel drive; and various body colour combinations, from one to two-tone in combination with a black roof (depending on the model). The colour palette includes Alpine White, Glacier, Jetset Blue, Blue Shade, Sting Grey, Colorado Red, Carbon Black and Solid Black, Three-layer Ivory, Blue Italia and Techno Green.
More specifically, the Nighteagle is the entry-level version and features, as standard, front and rear parking sensors, a 10.1-inch infotainment system with wireless smartphone integration, new 10.25-inch full digital instrument cluster and 18-inch alloy wheels.
The Limited trim offers standard Adaptive Cruise Control, exclusive 18-inch alloy wheels, front and side parking sensors with automatic parking function, Keyless Enter & Go and Nappa leather-wrapped dashboard.
Higher levels of refinement and specification come standard on the S version – the top of the range trim adds body-colour front bumpers and fascias, 19-inch alloy wheels, a new hands-free power tailgate and leather seats that can be electrically adjusted to eight different positions.
The line-up is completed by the Trailhawk trim – the off-road specialist with Trail-Rated 4x4 capability, which stands out for its muscular, bold appearance and offers specific equipment for off-road driving. It comes with high-performance suspension and benchmark off-road angles and figures: approach angle of 30.4 degrees, departure angle of 33.3 degrees, breakover angle of 20.9 degrees and ground clearance of 21.3 cm. Standard on Trailhawk is also the five-mode Selec-Terrain traction control system, which includes a specific Rock mode, exclusively available on this model.
Finally, by choosing the new Jeep Compass, customers receive access to the benefits of Jeep Wave, the new loyalty and customer care programme offering Jeep owners a wide range of services and benefits, including maintenance, roadside assistance, dedicated customer services and privileged access to branded events and partnerships.