The second-generation Jeep Compass has been given an update which includes notable revisions to the interior and exterior design. For the first time ever, a car wearing the Jeep badge was revealed in Europe to signify the brand’s dedication to this market. In Europe, the Compass accounts for more than 40 per cent of Jeeps sales. One in four of these are hybrid powered.
Said design, which boasts some cues from the all-new Grand Wagoneer, has been penned to appeal more to the European consumer by combining off-road and urban characteristics. Jeep reveals that this product aims to appeal to the “pragmatic dreamers” who are rational and factual people that have the desire to escape their daily routines.
To make it feel more elegant and modern, the Compass has been provided with a cabin update as well with a design to improve comfort and life on board and 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 a 8,4 inch touchscreen for lower-spec units and 10,1-inch on higher-trim models. This system has been moved to the middle of the dashboard in a higher position so the driver can remain focused on the road. The processor is five times faster and includes an Android operating system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, interactive 3D TomTom navigation and natural voice recognition, and Uconnect Services.
The interior has also been made even more functional with a new arrangement of the central console and augmented storage compartment space, providing nearly 44 dm3 of additional storage. In addition, it offers a more modern and distinctive style, courtesy of the new dashboard, central tunnel, steering wheel and door panels, featuring premium materials and finishes.
The Compass comes with a new range that includes five trim levels, Sport, Longitude, Limited, S and Trailhawk, with five different combinations of powertrains that are petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid powered. The three gearboxe options include a six-speed manual, Jeep’s automatic Dual Dry Clutch Transmission and a six-speed automatic which can be mated to front- or four-wheel drive systems.
The petrol version comes with the 1,3-litre GSE engine paired with a manual or dual-clutch respectively with front-wheel drive. To complete the range of internal combustion engines is the 1,6-litre turbodiesel engine paired with six-speed manual transmission and front-wheel drive. The plug-in hybrid range is offered with two power outputs and mated to a six-speed automatic transmission and eAWD four-wheel drive.