The 2017 Jeep Compass has made its debut in the United States following an earlier international debut in Brazil in September.
The 2017 Compass represents a unique product offering as far as crossovers go. The all-new model slots beneath the Cherokee and above the Renegade in Jeep’s lineup, appealing to customers who want something smaller than a mid-size SUV and larger than a subcompact.
Fiat Chrysler’s ‘Small 4×4 Wide’ architecture, which also serves in the Renegade and Fiat 500X, underpins the Compass. The sole engine option is a 180 horsepower, 175 lb-ft 2.4-liter Tigershark four-cylinder engine, which is offered alongside two all-wheel drive systems and three transmission options.
The first of these all-wheel drive systems, available with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission, is referred to as ‘Jeep Active Drive’ and sends power mainly through the front wheels, only calling on the back set when extra traction is needed. The more advanced all-wheel drive setup, offered only on Cherokee Trailhawk models, is a full-time system that is offered with FCA’s nine-speed automatic transmission.
FCA will offer the 2017 Compass in four different trim-levels: Sport, Latitude, Trailhawk, and the range-topping Limited. Standard equipment on Sport models includes 16-inch wheels, cruise control, power adjustable and heated door mirrors power windows, steering wheel mounted audio controls, push-button start, a backup camera and a Uconnect infotainment system with a 5.0-inch touchscreen.
Upgrading to the Compass Latitude will net buyers 17-inch wheels, body color door mirrors and door handles, automatic headlamps, black roof rails, ambient cabin lighting, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and passive entry. Trailhawk models add a host of off-road equipment including knobby off-road tires, underbody skid plates, tow hooks and model exclusive front and rear fascias. Standard interior equipment includes an 8.5-inch Uconnect infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto along with a 7.0-inch digital gauge cluster.
The range-topping Compass Limited comes fully-loaded and adds heating front seats, a heated steering wheel, remote engine start, leather seating, black interior trim, a chrome grille and 18-inch wheels.
Pricing for the 2017 Jeep Compass has yet to be announced.