The Compass is all new for 2017 and we couldn’t be happier. It actually looks like a somewhat badass Jeep. The Compass does this by borrowing heavily from the Grand Cherokee’s styling. The new Compass is based on a longer version of the same platform as the Fiat 500X and the Jeep Renegade. While most of the details haven’t yet been disclosed, the new Compass will come in a few trim levels (including Trailhawk trim) and slot in the lineup between the Renegade and Cherokee.
Here are some of the important things to note about the new Compass:
- FCA will likely offer a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder or a 2.4-liter four-cylinder.
- The 9-speed automatic will likely be the only transmission offered, but a manual may be available.
- FCA stated it will have four-wheel drive and open-air driving but didn’t give specifics.
- Styling up front is extremely similar to the Grand Cherokee, but the rear is less so. The compass still has thick C-pillars though the rear of the vehicle is much more attractive than before.
FCA stated that there will be at least 17 different powertrains worldwide, but hasn’t released specifics as to which ones will definitely go where. That’s the same number of powertrains offered in the Renegade, though, so it’s a safe bet the engine options will be identical. The new model will go on sale in early 2017 but pricing has not yet been released.
We’re excited about the new Compass as the old model was long overdue for a redesign. The switch to the same platform as the Renegade makes sense for the automaker from a business standpoint. While we like the Renegade’s interesting whimsical styling, we’re glad that Jeep took the Compass along a more mature route.
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