Jeep has revealed the updated version of its Compass SUV, which gains a bolder design and a raft of new technology – much of which is a first for the firm.
Rivalling the likes of the Nissan Qashqai and Skoda Karoq, the Compass arrived in its current form in 2017, and now accounts for 40 per cent of Jeep’s sales in Europe.
Released as the first new model since the American 4x4 firm fell under the Stellantis umbrella, most prominent on the updated Compass are new LED headlights, along with a more striking grille and new ‘themes’ depending on trim level – this bringing colour changes to the grille, fog light surrounds and alloy wheels, among other changes.
Inside, Jeep has introduced more soft-touch materials to lift the feel of the cabin, which the firm says is more ‘premium’ than before. There’s greater interior storage now, too, while a new 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster helps to give the cabin a more modern feel.
Continuing with technology, there’s also a new ‘Uconnect 5’ Android-based infotainment system, which introduces wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring and enhanced connected functions thanks to in-built 4G. Amazon Alexa is integrated as well, while a larger 10.1-inch touchscreen can now be found on top-spec Compass models, in addition to a standard 8.4-inch system.
The updated Compass is also the first Jeep in Europe to be equipped with Level 2 autonomous driving capability, including new functions such as traffic sign recognition and Highway Assist, which includes adaptive cruise control and lane-centring. A 360-degree camera system is also available as an option.
A choice of 1.3-litre petrol and 1.6-litre diesel engines are also available, which Jeep is promising enhanced efficiency and performance. The firm is also expected to introduce a 4xe plug-in hybrid – something already available in the Compass elsewhere in Europe. This combines a 1.3-litre petrol engine with an electric motor and battery – developing up to 237bhp combined in its most powerful form, while also being the most capable off-roader in the range thanks to an enhanced four-wheel-drive system.
A choice of five trim levels are expected to be offered; Sport, Longitude, Limited, S and Trailhawk. Expect a slight increase in pricing compared to the current model’s £27,125 starting price when models hit showrooms later in the year.Enquire on a new Jeep Compass