Jeep has released images of its all-new 2018 Compass, ahead of its official unveiling at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November.
The current models ho-hum and somewhat ungainly styling has been replaced with a Grand Cherokee face that flows through to an all-new rear-end.
Aside from the exterior styling and being able to take a close look at the interior, there is little known about the new Compass, with Jeep remaining tight-lipped prior to the L.A. Auto Show.
We do know that the new Compass is built on Fiat Chrysler Automotive’s ‘Small-Wide’ platform that currently underpins the Jeep Renegade and Fiat 500X.
We also know that a choice of in-line four cylinder engines and either a 6-speed manual or a nine-speed automatic gearbox are believed to make up the bulk of the drive-line options.
In fact, Jeep has confirmed that the Compass will come with 17 different powertrain options, but we don’t expect Australian buyers to have such a wide choice.
What we should expect is a choice of 2.0-litre turbo-charged petrol and diesel engines, the nine-speed automatic, along with front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive options, depending on the model and specification chosen.
Front-wheel drive is likely to be standard with all-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive being options.
Jeep will be manufacturing the Compass in Mexico for the North American market, with ‘rest of world’ production taking place in Brazil.
The new Jeep Compass is expected to go on sale in North America in the first quarter of 2018, with Australian launch details expected to be revealed at the L.A. Auto Show in November.