The Jeep Compass Looks to the Future
The Jeep Grand Wagoneer Concept has recently stolen all the spotlight, but the brand has plenty of other models that are revving up for a redesign and deserve just as much attention. The entry-level Jeep Compass is readying for a complete overhaul for the 2022 model year. Although it’ll be quite sometime before the refreshed model is introduced to the masses, we can look at what Jeep has done with the model in Europe for some clues. The 2021 European version of the Jeep Compass was updated with a dual-clutch automatic transmission and even offers a new turbocharged engine. 2022 marks the model year in which the Compass will also get a new design to go along with the mechanical changes.
Spy photographers have been hard at work and recently caught the automaker testing a Jeep Compass prototype that sports a facelift. Some of the camouflage was allegedly stripped away, making it easier for the spy photogs to get a clear look at some of the upcoming changes. At the front of the crossover, Jeep opted to enlarge its iconic seven-slot grille, while the headlights and their respective clusters appear to have been significantly downsized. The front bumper also seems as if it’s been revised, but not noticeably enough to spark talk of “major changes.” While the side profile seems like it’s identical to the current generation, the Compass’s rear did feature new tail light graphics as well.
Given that the cabin was entirely covered up, the spy photographers could not get any clear shots of the interior. The only thing that they could confirm was that the infotainment touchscreen appears to be on the receiving end of a significant upgrade. This prototype mentioned above sports a larger tablet-like touchscreen, and much like the revamped Ram 1500, whose (optional), state-of-the-art touchscreen display measures an impressive 12-inches. Although we mentioned earlier that the European Jeep Compass received a few mechanical changes, it is unknown if the U.S. Jeep Compass variant will offer any substantive changes beneath its hood.
If there are no changes under the hood, automotive experts believe that the 2022 Compass will retain the same 2.4-liter inline-four engine powering it today. That engine generates up to 184 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque and is usually mated to a six-speed automatic transmission on the Latitude and Limited trims. In contrast, the Trailhawk and Limited trims equipped with four-wheel-drive are paired with Jeep’s latest nine-speed automatic transmission. By 2021 Jeep is slated to discontinue its manual six-speed transmission due to lack of demand.
Jeep hasn’t announced when the refreshed Compass model will launch, but automotive experts are convinced it’ll debut sometime in early 2021. The next-generation Compass is slated to go on sale for the 2022 model year.
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