Despite being revealed as long ago as 2016, the new, second-generation Jeep Compass has finally touched down in South Africa.
So, how much will it cost you? Well, according to Jeep South Africa’s website, the five-seater Compass Trailhawk is the only model offered at launch, priced from R599 990.
The Trailhawk offers five off-road driving modes, front and rear skidplates and off-road-specific bumpers (fore and aft). As standard, this derivative runs on 17-inch alloys (wrapped in 225/60 R17 rubber).
The Compass Trailhawk employs a naturally aspirated 2,4-litre four-cylinder “Tigershark” petrol engine sending 129 kW (at 6 400 r/min) and 229 N.m (at 3 900 r/min) to all four corners via a nine-speed automatic transmission. Top speed is 185 km/h while combined fuel consumption is a claimed 9,5 L/100 km.
The SUV measures 4 398 mm long, 1 819 mm wide and 1 657 mm tall, with a wheelbase of 2 636 mm. Jeep says the luggage compartment will swallow 438 litres while the fuel tank will hold 60 litres of petrol.
Listed standard features include a leather-trimmed steering wheel, a dual-pane sunroof, a Uconnect infotainment system (complete with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto), a reversing camera, parking assistance, blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control, dual-zone air-conditioning, partial leather seats (with four-way power adjustment for the driver) and rain-sensing wipers.
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