Jeep on Wednesday provided U.S.-spec details for the 2022 Compass, which has already launched in Europe and Asia.
The updated Compass was first shown last November when it was launched in China. The refreshed Compass will finally arrive in U.S. dealers in the fall for $26,490 (including destination) with more technology, more standard safety features, and a refined look inside and out.
The current generation of the compact crossover was introduced for the 2017 model year as a replacement for the previous Compass, as well as the Patriot. This time around there will also be a stretched version with third-row seats, though that version won't be sold in the U.S.
2022 Jeep Compass
The updated Compass wears revised fascias at both ends plus slimmer headlights.
The real changes take place inside with an updated dashboard that looks more premium with a more substantial center console. It retains the easy-to-use hard buttons and knobs for the climate control and infotainment systems. An updated steering wheel that resembles what's found in the new three-row Grand Cherokee L and Wagoneer is swapped in as well.
2022 Jeep Compass
The biggest news is all the technology that's been added. The new dash houses an available 10.3-inch digital instrument cluster and an available 10.1-inch (8.4-inch is standard) touchscreen display for the infotainment system running the automaker's latest Uconnect 5 software. The new system is much faster and supports wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
A host of electronic driver-assist features will be standard, including automatic emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, traffic sign recognition with speed assist, and adaptive cruise control with lane centering to make highway driving a breeze.
The U.S. the Compass is powered exclusively by a 2.4-liter inline-4 with 177 hp and 172 lb-ft of torque. Front-wheel-drive Sport and Latitude models soldier on with a 6-speed automatic transmission, while all-wheel-drive models retain a 9-speed automatic. When properly equipped, Jeep said the Compass will be rated to tow up to 2,000 lb with all-wheel drive and capable of up to 31 mpg on the highway with front-wheel drive.
The off-road-oriented Trailhawk model features a 20:1 crawl ratio thanks to a 4.71:1 first gear ratio paired with a 4.334:1 final drive ratio, but there is no 2-speed transfer case. The more advanced all-wheel-drive system in the Trailhawk model has four drive modes, including Auto, Snow, Sand/Mud, and Rock, along with hill-descent control. A 1-inch factory lift on Trailhawk models increases ground clearance to 8.6 inches and helps the Compass Trailhawk ford up to 19 inches of water.
2022 Jeep Compass
In other markets the Compass is available with a plug-in hybrid powertrain. Dubbed 4xe, the powertrain relies on a 1.3-liter inline-4 up front and an electric motor at the rear. Output ranges from 190 to 240 hp, and an 11.4-kwh battery provides a short range of pure electric driving. The same powertrain is offered in the Renegade overseas, but Jeep is yet to confirm whether we'll see it in the U.S. Jeep has started selling a Wrangler 4se plug-in hybrid here, though the powertrain in this model is different than the one in the Compass and Renegade. Jeep's parent company, Stellantis, has committed to electrifying its entire model range in the coming years, which could lead to a plug-in hybrid and or electric version of the Compass in the U.S.