LA Motor Show: 2018 Jeep Compass unveiled

2018 Jeep Compass Trailhawk

DEEMED to be the most-capable compact SUV ever, the new Compass sports a class-beating 4x4 system, 17 fuel-efficient powertrain options and authentic Jeep design.

The new Compass will be available in different variant configurations: Sport, Latitude, Limited and Trailhawk.

For the 4x4 enthusiast Jeep has delivered its trail-rated-capable Compass Trailhawk model. It features a Selec-Terrain Rock mode with a low-drive crawl ratio of 20:1, an increase in ride height (almost one inch) with 30-degree approach and 24-degree departure angles, and a towing capability of 2000lb (900kg).

Jeep compass modelsThe Compass Trailhawk model receives underbody skid plates, 17-inch off-road tyres, signature Jeep red front bumper with recovery points and rear tow hooks, hill-descent control and up to 480mm of water-wading depth.

Focusing on the small-wide architecture, the Compass will sit between the Renegade and Cherokee in Jeep’s line-up, and it has been designed to offer open-air freedom with an upscale interior. Inside the driver’s cockpit features a seven-inch LED display, Uconnect colour touchscreen infotainment system and Selec-Terrain controls. Throughout the cabin there are clever storage solutions hidden, and each model comes with 438 litres of cargo capacity.

Jeep compass interiorAs revealed on September 5, different engine models will be available for the Compass. In North America the fuel-efficient 2.4-litre TigerShark Litre will power the Compass, but we are still in the dark on which will be available in Australia.

FCA have stated that safety and security were paramount when developing the all-new Jeep Compass, with 70 new features available to keep consumers confident while driving.

Jeep compass rearIt will be interesting to see how the Compass fares on the Australian market, and we are still waiting on Australian specs and pricing to be released; although a late 2017 launch is expected.


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