The first generation Jeep Compass left many things to be desired. Fortunately, there is now a second generation, which made its North American Debut at the 2016 LA Auto Show. Jeep have done a lot of work it seems, as this second generation Compass comes packed with new features and an entirely redesigned look. To start, Jeep is already making the claim that this is the most capable vehicle in the compact SUV segment. What makes them say this? It probably has something to do with the loads of improvements made to the vehicle’s chassis.
Before I talk about the things that make this Compass so off-road ready, we should talk a little about the powertrain options for this vehicle. All North American models come with the 2.4L Tigershark four-cylinder engine, which produces 180 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque. Where things get interesting is with the transmission choices, of which there are three. First is a 9-speed automatic transmission which comes standard on all Jeep Compass 4X4 models. Next is a 6-speed manual transmission which is available on 4X2 and 4X4 Compass models. Finally, there is a 6-speed automatic transmission that is available on all Jeep Compass 4X2 models. To help increase efficiency, the Compass now comes standard with Engine Start Stop (ESS) technology, allowing for as much as 30 MPG.
Moving on to the off-road capability. Jeep has started with it’s “small wide 4×4 architecture” and called in the help of some fancy electronic differentials to really help this Compass shine off road. Jeep points out two systems in particular. First is the Compass’ Jeep Active Drive full-time AWD system. The next is Jeep Active Drive Low which offers a 20:1 crawl ratio, allowing for consistent speed on difficult terrain. There are multiple driving modes for whatever surface you might encounter, as well as hill descent control, if you decide to opt for the Trailhawk model.
While the last Compass was somewhat of a flop, Jeep certainly seems to hope that this vehicle will sell much better. Expect the Compass to go on sale early 2017.
To learn more about the 2017 Compass, and find out everything we know, be sure to watch the full video.