Jeep launched an all-new version of its Compass compact SUV this week it promises will feature best-in-class off-road capability, potent turbo engines, and sharp new looks when it hits Canadian roads next year.
The current 2017 Compass has grown long in the tooth, remaining on sale without a major revamp since its initial launch in 2007. Its successor will feature styling reminiscent of its big brother stablemate, the Jeep Grand Cherokee.
The all-new 2018 Compass is a clean-sheet design, but its underpinnings will borrow heavily from the Renegade platform, which has been stretched to accommodate the larger dimensions of the Compass. Fiat Chrysler Automotive has dubbed the chassis of the Renegade and new Compass its “Small Wide 4×4” architecture.
The new Compass is likely to be powered by a small turbocharged inline-four measuring 2.0 litres in displacement. It’s rumoured that in optimal tune, this engine will be capable of producing nearly 300 horsepower, though this output will likely be reserved for premium Jeep offerings such as the Wrangler and Grand Cherokee; a slightly detuned, more fuel-efficient version will likely be offered in the Compass.
Power will be sent to the wheels through an efficiency-boosting nine-speed automatic transmission; expect the new Compass to better the current model’s highway fuel economy of 7.8 L/100 km by a considerable margin.
Both front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive models will be offered; Jeep promises that its all-wheel-drive Compass will offer “legendary and best-in-class 4×4 off-road capability.”
The current model Jeep Compass sells for $15,745 after $4,750 in discounts-expect the new Jeep Compass to cost just shy of $20,000 when it arrives in Canadian dealerships next year.