Last week at the 2016 LA Auto Show, Jeep unveiled its replacement for the current Compass and Patriot – The 2017 Jeep Compass. Showcased as a compact SUV, this new rendition looks and feels more like a Grand Cherokee than it does the previous generation of Compass and still fills the niche for a smaller SUV better suited to city driving.
But don’t let the smaller stature fool you – Jeep went the right direction with this model. The available 2.4-liter inline-4 engine achieves 180 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque with the capability to tow up to 2,000 lbs. You’ll get some transmission options, starting with a six-speed manual on either 4×2 or 4×4 versions. Front-wheel-drive Compass models get a six-speed auto option, while 4×4 models get a nine-speed. According to Jeep, the engine can return up to 30 miles per gallon depending on the configuration.
With four trim levels – Sport, Latitude, Limited, and Trailhawk – you’ll be able to pick exactly the package that fits your driving style. The Trailhawk level can get you ready for some off-roading thanks to the raised suspension, hill-descent control and the Jeep Selec-Terrain driving modes selector. You can also opt for an anti-glare hood decal, hefty 17-inch off-road tires, powerful approach and departure angles, and up to 19 in of water fording.
Jeep didn’t forget about the cabin either, you’ll find the latest Uconnect infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. Your LCD screen size will depend on which model you take home, starting at 5.0-inches, 7.0-inches, and lastly 8.4-inches of engaging in-dash display. The center console stack looks intuitive and concise, so everything you need will be at your fingertips.
After the tepid response from earlier generations of this model, the new 2017 Jeep Compass looks to be a much hotter blend of features both standard and available.
Jeep was a little lost in the woods with earlier generations of this model but when they went back to the essence of the brand, Jeep definitely found their way with the new 2017 Compass. Pricing and availability are still unclear, but it’s expected to roll into showrooms in mid- to late-2017. The current models of Compass will soon become the Compass X.
See our current inventory of Jeep Grand Cherokee, Patriot, and Renegade models or talk with a member of our team today about more information on the New 2017 Jeep Compass.