5 things to know about the new 2020 Jeep Compass

5 things to know about the new 2020 Jeep Compass

Jeep has tweaked its mid-size Compass SUV. Here we take a look at what’s new

Jeep’s range is more extensive than ever. It offers everything from small family crossovers through to incredibly rugged 4x4s, ensuring that there’s a Jeep model for everyone. 

And the model that slots right down the middle of the firm’s range is the Compass, which is an ideal family SUV thanks to its roomy cabin and affordable pricing. 

For 2020, Jeep’s given it a light update, so to help you get to grips with the latest model, here’s what’s new...

Produced in Italy

Up until now the Jeep Compass has always been produced in Mexico for European markets, but that often meant the model was hit by long wait times. 

However, this updated Compass will be produced in Europe as well, at the FCA plant in Melfi, Italy. Jeep says this will mean the model is more fine-tuned to European tastes, while it is promising reduced waiting times, with the hope that models can be delivered in as little as three weeks. 

New petrol engine

Jeep is replacing the 1.4-litre petrol engine previously found in the Compass with a new turbocharged 1.3-litre petrol unit. It’s one that’s already found in the Jeep Renegade and Fiat 500X, and will be available in outputs of either 128bhp or 148bhp. The former comes with a six-speed manual gearbox, whereas the latter gains a six-speed automatic transmission.

As all petrol Compass models are front-wheel-drive, this will be the first time that buyers can have a front-driven model with an automatic gearbox. A new ‘Sport’ mode is also available for the first time, which adjusts the transmission and sharpens the throttle response. The engine brings both efficiency and performance enhancements compared to the unit it replaces. 

Enhanced connectivity features

Connectivity is something more and more manufacturers are investing into, and Jeep is no exception, with the Compass being available with an expanded range of services. 

It comes as part of the Uconnect package, which allows you to connect your phone to the car via the dedicated Uconnect app. A range of services are available, from being able to check your car is locked to the fluid levels and also send maps to the car’s sat-nav system remotely. 

Design tweaks

This is a very subtle update, which is why you won’t find any radical styling changes on this updated Compass. 

However, in a bid to make it stand out from the crowd, Jeep is introducing a host of new alloy wheels and colours – including the stylish Techno Green Metallic, pictured. Other shades on offer include Ivory Tri-Coat, Colorado Red, Blue Italia and Blue Shade. 

New plug-in hybrid

While not confirmed to be coming to the UK, Jeep is introducing a new plug-in hybrid version of its Compass – the 4xe. Set to utilise the aforementioned 1.3-litre petrol engine, it will be available in outputs of either 187bhp or 237bhp, thanks to the boost from the electric motor. 

It will be both the quickest Compass model available and also the most efficient, with a 30-mile electric range promised.

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