ⓘ Jeep Compass
The Jeep Compass is a four-door compact crossover SUV introduced for the 2007 model year, and is now in its second generation. The first generation Compass and Patriot, its rebadged variant, were among Jeeps first crossover SUVs. The second-generation Compass debuted in September 2016 in Brazil and at the Los Angeles International Auto Show in November 2016, sharing a modified platform with the Renegade.
Four years prior to the introduction of the production Jeep Compass, a concept vehicle with the same name had its world premiere in Detroit at the 2002 North American International Auto Show. It featured a two-door body, all-wheel drive and a 3.7-liter V6 engine.
The 3.7 L Power-Tech V6 engine from the Jeep Liberty did not make it into the all-new Compass for 2007, though the production model Compass kept the concept cars styling cues and some of its features. The production model Compass also had four doors instead of the two doors on the concept car.
2. First generation MK49; 2006–2016
Jeep debuted the production version of the Compass at the 2006 North American International Auto Show in January. The first Compass was assembled on May 30, 2006, in Belvidere, Illinois, where the Dodge Neon was produced.
The Compass did not carry the "Trail Rated" badge found on other SUVs in the Jeep family for the 2007-2010 model years, but received the "Trail Rated" badge for the 2011 model year. This indicates that the Compass targets first-time Jeep buyers and those who drive primarily on paved roads.
The Compass and Patriot are both based on the DaimlerChrysler/Mitsubishi GS platform. These vehicles are differentiated by their styling and marketing: The Patriot is a traditionally styled 4-door Jeep wagon, while the Compass has a softer hatchback look, similar to the Dodge Caliber.
2.1. First generation MK49; 2006–2016 Facelift
For 2011, Jeep redesigned the Compass to more closely resemble the Grand Cherokee, while keeping its own identity. The 2011 Jeep Compass also receives a revised suspension for better handling, a revised interior with more standard equipment, and more option packages including a Freedom Drive II Off-Road Package which includes a continuously variable transmission fitted with a low-range setting, all-terrain tires inside 17-inch aluminum wheels, skid plates, a four-wheel-drive system, and an increase ground clearance of a full inch.
A special edition Compass model commemorated Jeep’s 70th anniversary in 2011, and included various upgrades, special interiors, badges, wheels, and was available in only three exterior colors: Bronze Star, Bright Silver, and Black.
2.2. First generation MK49; 2006–2016 Models
The three basic models of Compass are Sport, Latitude, and Limited.
The Sport serves as the base model. It includes features such as seventeen-inch alloy wheels, an AM/FM stereo with single-disc CD player and four speakers, a heater, cloth seating surfaces, and manual, roll-up windows and manual door locks. Features such as power windows and door locks, a seven-speaker Boston Acoustics premium sound system with a 368-watt external amplifier, and air conditioning are options. The 2014-2016 Jeep Compass Sport and Sport SE, The Electronic Vehicle Information Center EVIC does not come as standard equipment. An EVIC gives the user information such gas mileage, number of miles to empty, service intervals, tire pressure, etc.
The Latitude is the midrange model. It added features onto the Sport, such as air conditioning, keyless entry, a security system, and power windows and door locks. The EVIC comes as an optional component with the security and cargo convenience package. This option comes with alarm, tonneau cover, tire pressure monitoring display, garage door opener, and electronic vehicle information center. The model became available in 2011.
The Limited is the top-of-the-line model. It added features such as leather-trimmed seats, had an available sunroof, and remote starter.
A 70th Anniversary Edition was based on the Sport model. It added air conditioning, unique leather-trimmed seats, unique alloy wheels, a sunroof, side-impact airbags, a seven-speaker Boston Acoustics premium sound system with a 368-watt external amplifier, power windows and door locks, keyless entry, and a security alarm. This special edition model was only offered in 2011 to celebrate Jeeps 70th anniversary. All Jeep models for 2011 only offered a 70th Anniversary Edition model.
An Altitude Edition model was made available in 2012. It was based upon the Latitude model, and added black-painted alloy wheels, leather-trimmed seats, a sunroof, and a Boston Acoustics premium sound system with a 368-watt external amplifier. The Altitude package was available on the Jeep Grand Cherokee only at first, but then was available on the Compass, Patriot, Wrangler, and Wrangler Unlimited as well. All models except the Jeep Grand Cherokee dropped this model the Grand Cherokee model continued to offer this model for the 2013 model year. The Altitude name was chosen in a contest to name a Grand Cherokee concept car. Because of the Altitudes popularity, Jeep decided to offer it on all models except for the Jeep Liberty.
The Jeep Patriot and first generation Jeep Compass were phased out during the 2016 model year, replaced by a single new redesigned Compass SUV that FiatChrysler would debut in late 2016.
2.3. First generation MK49; 2006–2016 Safety
The Compass was safety tested by Euro NCAP in 2012 and earned only a two star rating.
3. Second generation MP/552; 2016–present
The second-generation of Jeep Compass debuted on September 27, 2016 in Brazil and at the Los Angeles International Auto Show in November 2016, replacing the Jeep Patriot and first generation Compass. Production for North American-market Compass models was moved to Toluca, Mexico, while Jeep Cherokee KL production will move from Toledo, Ohio to Belvidere, Illinois, where the first-generation Compass and Jeep Patriot were both assembled.
Using a stretched version of the same platform as the Renegade, the Compass is available in four distinct trim levels: the base Sport, the mid-level Latitude, the luxurious Limited, and the off road-capable Trailhawk. All trim levels are available with either front-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, with the exception of the Trailhawk, which is only available in a 4WD configuration.
In the United States, the Compass comes equipped with a 2.4L Tigershark four-cylinder engine or a 1.4L MultiAir four-cylinder engine. More than 65 percent of the upper body structure and frame is made of high-strength steel.
Styling of the second-generation Compass is inspired by two of its larger siblings, the Jeep Cherokee KL and Jeep Grand Cherokee WK2. Styling elements taken from the Grand Cherokee include headlamps integrated into the front grille and a narrow front grille with a black finish, while the Cherokee lends some of its rear end styling elements, basic interior design, and 2.4L Tigershark Inline Four-Cylinder I4 gasoline engine and ZF-sourced nine-speed 948TE automatic transmission to the overall design of the Compass.
Available features include FCAs UConnect 4C 8.4 and 8.4N touch-screen infotainment systems, a Beats Premium Audio System with a 506-watt digital amplifier, eighteen-inch aluminum alloy wheels, Jeeps Command-View panoramic sunroof, LED front headlamps, Forward Collision Warning, a ParkView rear-view backup camera system, front and rear parking sensors, Blind Spot Information System BLIS, and Jeeps Selec-Terrain full-time four-wheel-drive system standard on the Trailhawk model.
3.1. Second generation MP/552; 2016–present India-spec model
The Jeep Compass was unveiled in India on 12 April 2017 and assembled in the FCA India Pune plant since 1 July 2017. Apart from manufacturing to the Indian market, Jeep also exports the Indian-made Compass to many right-hand drive markets such as the United Kingdom, Australia, Brunei, Japan, Indonesia and Thailand. The India-spec model is available with two engine options - a 1.4-litre, four-cylinder, turbocharged MultiAir petrol and a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder, turbocharged MultiJet II diesel engine. In 2017 Jeep sold about 10.000 Compasses in India from the day of release until the middle of December.
3.2. Second generation MP/552; 2016–present Production
The Compass is assembled at plants in Italy, Mexico, Brazil, China and India. North American and European models are manufactured in Melfi, Italy and Toluca, Mexico; moved from Belvidere, Illinois. In Brazil, the second-generation Jeep Compass start production the 26 September 2016 at FCA new Goiana, Pernambuco Assembly Plant. Production of the first-generation Compass and Patriot ended early 2017, with production of the second generation Compass beginning in spring of 2017 for North American models. Assembled at Fiats facility in Ranjangaon, Maharashtra, it is Jeeps first model assembled in India.
3.3. Second generation MP/552; 2016–present Trim Levels
In the U.S., the second-generation Jeep Compass is available in several different trim levels. While each of these trim levels offers its own level of standard and optional equipment, all Compasses come equipped with features such as the U Connect Bluetooth system for hands-free calling and wireless stereo audio streaming via A2DP, auxiliary and USB inputs, a touchscreen audio system, keyless entry, a tilt-and-telescoping, multifunction steering wheel with integrated radio and cruise controls, a six-speaker audio system, Antilock Braking System ABS, power windows and door locks, a split-folding rear bench seat, and a rear view backup camera system.
The Sport serves as the base Compass trim level. Standard features include a five-inch U Connect 3 5.0BT touchscreen radio, a 1.4L MultiAir Inline Four-Cylinder I4 gasoline engine with a six-speed manual transmission, sixteen-inch tires with black-painted steel wheels, a tire inflation and repair kit in lieu of the spare tire and spare wheel, premium cloth seating surfaces, and dual manually-adjustable front bucket seats. Optional features include the 2.4L Tigershark Inline Four-Cylinder I4 gasoline engine, an automatic transmission, sixteen-inch alloy wheels, deep-tinted glass, the "Keyless Enter-n-Go" system with push-button starter, dual heated front bucket seats, and a remote vehicle starter system.
The Latitude is the mid-level Compass trim level. It adds many more convenience features to the base Sport trim, including SiriusXM Satellite Radio, a spare tire and spare wheel, sixteen-inch alloy wheels, deep-tinted glass, the "Keyless Enter-n-Go" system with push-button stater, a security system, and premium cloth seating surfaces w/ vinyl accent trim. Optional features include the 2.4L Tigershark Inline Four-Cylinder I4 Gasoline engine, an automatic transmission, seventeen-inch or eighteen-inch alloy wheels, a power-adjustable front drivers bucket seat, seven-inch and 8.4-inch U Connect 4 touchscreen infotainment systems with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a nine-speaker Beats premium amplified audio system with subwoofer, a remote vehicle starter system, GPS navigation, driver assistance technologies, and a power rear tailgate.
The Limited is the luxury-oriented Compass trim level. It adds luxury amenities to the mid-level Latitude trim, including a 2.4L Tigershark Inline Four-Cylinder I4 gasoline engine, an automatic transmission, a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual heated front bucket seats, a remote vehicle starter system, a reconfigurable TFT LCD instrument cluster display, eighteen-inch alloy wheels, luxury leather-trimmed seating surfaces, power-adjustable front bucket seats, an 8.4-inch U Connect 4 touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a nine-speaker Beats premium amplified audio system with subwoofer, GPS navigation, a dual-pane panoramic sunroof, a power rear tailgate, heated and ventilated front bucket seats, driver assistance technologies, nineteen-inch alloy wheels, and heated rear seats.
The Trailhawk trim is the off-road capable Compass trim level. Unlike all other Compass trim levels, the Trailhawk is only available with four-wheel-drive 4WD. It adds features to the mid-level Latitude trim, such as off-road suspension, standard four-wheel-drive 4WD, unique "Ruby Red" interior accent stitching, an 8.4-inch U Connect 4 touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, unique seat trim, a power-adjustable front drivers bucket seat, unique seventeen-inch alloy wheels, the 2.4L Tigershark Inline Four-Cylinder I4 gasoline engine, an automatic transmission, dual heated front bucket seats, a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, a reconfigurable TFT LCD instrument cluster display, Jeep "Off-Road Pages" application for the U Connect system, Falken Wildpeak A/T all-terrain tires, a full-size, and a matching spare tire and alloy spare wheel. Optional features include luxury leather-trimmed seating surfaces, GPS navigation, a nine-speaker Beats premium amplified audio system, a power rear tailgate, a dual-pane panoramic moonroof, heated and ventilated front bucket seats, driver assistance technologies, and heated rear seats.
In addition to the standard trim levels, Altitude and High Altitude Special Editions are available for the Latitude and Limited trim levels respectively, and add "blacked-out" exterior accents, black alloy wheels, and more to their respective trim levels. Optional features are identical to that of the Latitude and Limited trim levels.
A Sun and Wheel Group Special Edition model is available for the base Sport trim level, which adds upgraded alloy wheels, deep-tinted glass, and a dual-pane panoramic moonroof. It is only available in Front Wheel Drive FWD configuration with the 2.4L Tigershark Inline Four-Cylinder I4 gasoline engine and an automatic transmission.
The Upland Special Edition model is also available for the base Sport trim level, and adds black alloy wheels, blue accent trim for the exterior badging, Trailhawk-inspired exterior styling elements, and blue stitching on the interior. It is only available with four-wheel-drive 4WD, the 2.4L Tigershark Inline Four-Cylinder I4 gasoline engine, and an automatic transmission.