Australian details for the incoming 2018 Jeep Compass have been handed down tonight, ahead of its December launch.

The new-generation 2018 Compass was revealed in September last year, and it was in March this year that world media were given a first drive. CarAdvice was there too, and you can catch our review here.

As for Australian models, buyers considering the new Compass can expect a choice of two engines: the 129kW 'Tigershark' naturally-aspirated 2.4-litre petrol engine and a 2.0-litre turbo diesel. Further numbers for both engines, including diesel outputs and fuel figures, are still to be confirmed.

Manual and automatic transmissions will also be available, along with both front- and four-wheel drive configurations. Available combinations of those will depend, of course, on the model chosen.

Trim grades will include the base Sport, mid-level Longitude and Limited, and the top-shelf Trailhawk.

Although local pricing is still to be confirmed, a breakdown of equipment highlights for each trim grade is below.

Jeep Compass Sport

Front-wheel drive, 2.4-litre petrol, six-speed manual or six-speed automatic.

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Seven airbags
  • 5.0-inch Uconnect touchscreen radio with voice command & Bluetooth phone & audio streaming
  • ParkView reverse parking camera
  • 3.5-inch instrument cluster display
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Electric park brake

Jeep Compass Longitude

Front-wheel drive, 2.4-litre petrol, six-speed automatic.

  • Powered driver lumbar support
  • LED ambient interior lighting
  • In-seat cushion storage for front passenger seat
  • Roof rails
  • Automatic headlamps
  • Fog & cornering lamps
  • Deep tinted privacy glass
  • Rain sensitive windshield wipers
  • Bright side window surrounds
  • Fold forward passenger seat

Jeep Compass Limited

Four-wheel drive, 2.4-litre petrol, 2.0-litre diesel, nine-speed automatic.

  • Selec-Terrain driving modes: Auto, Sand, Mud, Snow
  • ParkSense front and rear parking sensors
  • Parallel and perpendicular park assist with stop
  • 8.4-inch UConnect touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto
  • 9-speaker Beats Audio with subwoofer
  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Jeep Active Drive 4x4 system
  • Jeep Selec-Terrain traction management system
  • Bi-Xenon headlamps
  • LED tail lamps
  • Leather seats
  • Heated front seats
  • Satellite navigation
  • 7-Inch full colour instrument cluster display
  • Power 8-way driver / 4-way passenger seats
  • Dual zone climate control

Jeep Compass Trailhawk

Active Drive Low 4x4, 2.0-litre diesel, nine-speed automatic.

  • Selec-Terrain driving modes: Auto, Sand, Mud, Snow, Rock
  • Off-road suspension and raised ride height
  • Unique front and rear fascia for improved approach and departure angles
  • Black anti-glare hood decal
  • Red recovery hooks
  • Hill Descent Control
  • Four underbody skid plates
  • Full-size spare wheel
  • All-weather floor mats

As confirmed previously, the new Compass measures 4420mm long overall, riding on 2640mm wheelbase. Its predecessor listed 4404 and 2635mm respectively, while the larger Cherokee boasts figures of 4623 and 2692mm.

The new Compass list 438 litres of cargo capacity, growing up to 1251 litres with the three-seat second row laid flat. The Compass was confirmed with 60:40 and 40:20:20 folding configurations for that second row, depending on the market… but Australia's choice is still to be revealed.

To ensure the Compass is capable off-road, Jeep fitted a MacPherson strut front suspension system and a Chapman rear, allowing the rear wheels to articulate up to 200mm.

The Trailhawk goes further with 216mm of ground clearance, and 30 degree approach and 34 degree departure angles. It promises up to 480mm wading depth, too.

Catch our international first-drive review of the new Compass, and watch for a local review to come in December.


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