Jeep acknowledges it has a bit of an open goal with the Wrangler while the Land Rover Defender is off sale. But it’s unlikely to take advantage by sticking to the Wrangler’s old-school guns.
The 2017 Jeep Compass 4,410 mm in length, 1,820 mm in width and 1,640 mm in height, and has a wheelbase of 2,630 mm. The second generation model rides on the Jeep Renegade and Fiat 500X’s Small-Wide 4X4 platform. It’s positioned in the C-segment and competes with the Hyundai Tucson, Mazda CX-5, VW Tiguan and the likes.
The all-new Jeep Compass is available with 1.4-litre FIRE MultiAir 2 petrol, 2.0-litre Tigershark petrol, 2.4-litre Tigershark MultiAir 2 petrol, 1.6-litre MultiJet II diesel and 2.0-litre MultiJet II diesel engines and 6-speed manual, 6-speed dual-clutch automatic, 7-speed dual-clutch automatic and 9-speed automatic transmissions. Some models are front-wheel drive, while the others get the Jeep Active Drive full-time four-wheel drive system/Jeep Active Drive Low full-time 4×4 system with 20:1 crawl ratio.
Compass’s Sport and Latitude trims are designed to meet the needs of buyers on a budget; the latter adds such perks as automatic headlights, fog lamps, roof rails, 17-inch wheels (up from 16s on Sport), upgraded seat covers, leather-wrapped steering wheel and passive keyless entry.