The 2018 Jeep Compass has been given its official unveiling at the Los Angeles motor show, with an Australian debut due in late 2017.
From the outside, the Compass features the Jeep’s trademark seven-slot grille and trapezoidal wheel arches, but thankfully is nothing like its predecessor, both in terms of design and engineering.
Launching with the availability of four models — Sport, Latitude, Limited and Trailhawk — the Compass will be manufactured in four factories around the world (Brazil, Mexico, India and China), with Australia sourcing its vehicle from India.
Inside the cabin, a focus has been placed on roominess and technology. Each model comes with 438 litres of cargo capacity with the second row up, or 1251 litres with the second row folded. The second row can also be folded 60:40 and 40:20:40 depending on the market.
Infotainment comes courtesy of a 5.0-, 7.0- or 8.4-inch UConnect colour touchscreen infotainment system that comes fitted with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and pinch and zoom functionality. The driver also gets a 3.5- or 7.0-inch LCD display between the tachometer and speedometer for vital car information.
Depending on the market, the Compass will launch with five engine options — three petrol and two diesel.
A 2.4-litre Tigershark four-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine that produces 134kW of power and 237Nm of torque will be available with either a six-speed automatic for 4×2 and 4×4 models, a six-speed manual for 4×2 models and a nine-speed automatic for 4×4 models, depending on the market.
Some markets will receive a 1.4-litre Fire turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine or a smaller 2.0-litre four-cylinder version of the Tigershark engine.
On the diesel front, a 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder diesel will be available with a manual transmission only, while a larger 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder diesel will come as both a manual and automatic, depending on specification.
According to Jeep, this will be the best four-wheel-drive capable vehicle in its class. The new full-time all-wheel drive system is able to send up to 100 per cent of torque to any one wheel using brake force vectoring, which helps the car in situations with limited traction.
The Jeep Selec-Terrain system allows the driver to cycle through various drive modes that help the vehicle adjust stability control and engine calibration to suit the driving environment.
To ensure the vehicle is capable off-road, Jeep fitted a MacPherson strut front suspension system and a Chapman rear, which allows the rear wheels to articulate up to 200mm.
But, taking things even further is the Jeep Compass Trailhawk, which is a trail-rated Jeep certified for proper off-roading. Featuring a crawl capable Rock mode with a crawl ratio of 20:1, the Compass is equipped with an impressive 216mm of ground clearance and 30 degree approach and 34 degree departure angles (for Trailhawk model).
The Trailhawk model gets a unique front end with Jeep’s iconic red recovery points visible from the front bumper, thick skid plates along the underbody, all-terrain tyres, up to 480mm of water-wading depth and hill-descent control.
Speaking with CarAdvice at the reveal of the 2017 Jeep Compass, Jeep Compass lead engineer Art Anderson said that Jeep had built over 2000 prototype vehicles to ensure the production of Compass would be spot-on.
Safety is high on the cards with 70 available safety and security features, including seven airbags, autonomous emergency braking, lane departure assistant, blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert.
Australian details and pricing is yet to be announced, but we expect it to go on sale at the end of 2017.
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