2018 Jeep Compass makes official LA Auto Show debut.
After making its debut in Brazil in September, Jeep has now ‘officially’ pulled the covers from its all-new Compass SUV at the LA Auto Show.
While wheeling out the new Compass for the second time, Jeep has also wheeled out its “most capable” tag line, which it applied to the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk last week upon announcing its confirmation for Australia.
So what does the “most capable” Compass bring to the table?
Jeep says the Compass’s 4WD system is the most advanced in its class, with the underlying “small-wide 4X4” platform is tuned for maximum driving dynamics on tarmac.
It isn’t entirely clear yet whether the Compass will replace both the outgoing Compass and the Patriot in Jeep’s SUV line-up, but the on-road dynamics will be key if the new Compass is to succeed in place of both models.
No less than 17 drivetrain options mixing petrol and diesel engines with auto and manual transmissions and 2WD or 4WD will power the new Compass with the line-up to vary depending on the market. Of these, Jeep has revealed that the US market at least will get a 134kW/237Nm 2.4 litre four-cylinder engine with stop-start fuel-saving technology and a 7.8 l/100km fuel figure on the US cycle.
Five engines – three petrol and two diesel – will be matched with three transmissions. A six-speed automatic available is only in 2WD models, a six-speed manual is available for both 2WD and 4WD variants while a nine-speed auto is also available in 4WD Compasses.
The Compass will be available in more than 100 countries, with manufacturing to take place in China, Brazil, Mexico and India.
“Our all-new 2017 Jeep Compass enters an extremely important and growing segment worldwide, and does so with an unmatched list of attributes that includes benchmark 4×4 off-road capability, exceptional on-road driving dynamics, fuel-efficient powertrains, countless advanced technology and safety features, all wrapped in a premium, authentic Jeep design,” Jeep boss Mike Manley said.
“Built around the world for customers everywhere, Jeep Compass raises the bar in the compact-SUV segment.”
Off-road, the Compass uses torque vectoring to channel up to 100 percent of the available power to any of the four wheels.
Drivers can choose between five driving modes, including Snow, Sand, Mud, Rock (Trailhawk only) or Auto, while the 4WD system is either full-time (Jeep Active Drive) or ‘low range’ (Active Drive Low). In low range, the Compass utilises a 20:1 crawl ratio.
The Compass also has hill-decent control, Selec-Speed control and Active Drive – which can disengage 4WD to save fuel when not required.
With its Rock driving mode, the Trailhawk’s approach angle measures 30 degrees, the break-over angle is 24 degrees and the departure angle is 34 degrees. The Trailhawk can ford water up to 48cm deep.
The Trailhawk is 25mm taller in the ride-height over other Compass variants, and is equipped with skid plates and tow hooks.
Interior features for the new Compass include a powered tailgate, a touchscreen measuring five-, seven- or 8.4-inches depending on the model, an electronic park brake, a 3.5- or seven-inch LED driver information display and storage bins with connectivity ports.
Jeep’s Uconnect system is standard, available in four states of advancement and matched with satellite navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The 2018 Jeep Compass will be available in Sport, Latitude, Limited and Trailhawk variants. Stay tuned to Loaded 4X4 for more details of the new Compass ahead of its Australian arrival late next year.