Automotive drivetrain supplier GKN Driveline provides the all-wheel drive disconnect for the 2017 Jeep Compass, which is the same axle disconnect used in the related Fiat 500X and Jeep Renegade.
The all-wheel drive disconnect function allows the compact crossovers to pair the traction and stability of an all-wheel drive system with the improved fuel efficiency of front-wheel drive. GKN’s axle disconnect seamlessly switches between two- and all-wheel drive, reacting to driver inputs to determine when to use which.
GKN says the system is simpler to integrate into smaller vehicle platforms than other offerings and can be easily scaled to suit vehicles of different sizes and performance requirements. They’re not kidding – 74% of the production vehicles launched at the recent 2017 Geneva Motor Show used all-wheel-drive torque management solutions and eDrive technologies. These range from supercars to crossovers and everything in between.
The 2017 Jeep Compass is priced from $20,995 in the United States before destination. Entry-level Compass Sport models are available with GKN’s all-wheel drive system from $22,495 and the system is standard on Compass Latitude ($24,295) Compass Trailhawk ($28,595) and Compass Limited ($28,995) models.