The North American-spec 2018 Jeep Compass is scheduled to debut this week at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. Unlike most new cars, we actually know quite a bit about the 2018 Compass prior to its debut thanks to its previous unveiling in Brazil.
The Trim Levels
In Brazil the 2018 Compass is sold in five model variants: 2WD Sport, 2WD Longitude, 2WD Limited, 4X4 Longitude and 4X4 Trailhawk. The Sport trim line serves as the entry-level model, with Longitude and Limited models adding additional equipment. As with other Jeep Trailhawk models, the Compass Trailhawk serves as the range-topper and sports a rugged, off-road look.
Brazilian spec Compasses are offered with a host of Active Safety features, many of which are option on Sport and Longitude models and standard on Limited and Trailhawk models. These include adaptive cruise control, lane change monitoring, automatic high beam assist, front collision warning with automatic braking and Park Assist.
Two engines are offered in the 2018 Compass in Brazil: a 170 horsepower and 258 lb-ft 2.0-liter MultiJet II diesel and a 168 horsepower and 148 lb-ft 2.0-liter Tigershark flex fuel. The diesel is paired to a nine-speed automatic, while the flex fuel engine is paired to a six-speed automatic.
The powertrain options in the Brazilian Compass probably won’t carry over into the U.S. spec version. The 2.4-liter Tigershark four that’s currently found in the Jeep Cherokee and Renegade may serve as the entry-level engine, with FCA’s upcoming 2.0-liter turbocharged ‘Hurricane’ four-cylinder offered as an option. The automaker’s go-to nine-speed automatic should be present.
We’re expecting the U.S. spec 2018 Jeep Compass to look identical to its Brazilian sibling. The Grand Cherokee-inspired styling is clean and mature and the available trim-levels should appease customers whether they’re looking for a grown-up family car or a rugged compact crossover.
We especially like the optional black roof seen on the Brazilian Compass Limited and are expecting it to carryover for U.S. versions. Other notable styling features include the high-end looking LED daytime running lights, narrow greenhouse, small rear window and skinny eight segment slotted grille.
The U.S. spec 2018 Jeep Compass will be built at Fiat Chrysler’s Toluca Assembly plant in Mexico following its debut this week.