A new Jeep Compass was released in December 2017

Jeep makes many claims for the forthcoming Compass and Compass Trailhawk models , but ‘ best-in-class 4x4 off-road capabilities’ will need some proof, because it ignores the fact that Suzuki’s Grand Vitara has much better low-range gearing. 

The 2018 Jeep Compass is available in four different trim configurations: Sport, Latitude, Limited and Trailhawk, but only Limited and Trailhawk are 4WD models, with Jeep Active Drive, full-time 4x4 system. Active Drive Low, with a 20:1 overall reduction is standard on Trailhawk.

Both 4WD systems include Jeep’s Selec-Terrain system, providing four modes (Auto, Snow, Sand and Mud) and an exclusive Rock mode on the Trailhawk model. Also on Trailhawk is Selec-Speed Control with Hill-descent Control.

The Trailhawk has 17-inch off-road tyres, 25mm-raised ride height, skid plates and Jeep signature red front and rear tow hooks

Compass features a disconnecting rear axle, but Active Drive engages when 4WD traction is needed.

Towing capacity of all Compass models is a low, 900kg.

The Compass has fully independent suspension, segment-exclusive Koni frequency damping front-and-rear-strut system, and electric power steering.

Compass has monocoque construction with 65 percent usage of high-strength steel.

Five engines are available in the USA, but for Australia the choice has been narrowed to the petrol 16-valve, 2.4-litre, Tigershark four-cylinder engine with MultiAir2 electro-hydraulic, variable valve-actuation and a two-litre turbo-diesel for which Jeep hasn't yet published any output figures. 

Limited can be had with petrol or diesel power, but the Trailhawk is diesel only.

The standard transmission in Limited and Trailhawk models is a nine-speed automatic.

Storage solutions include a mesh side pocket in the front passenger foot well that can hold a notebook or tablet device.

There’s a multi-level rear cargo floor and a power tailgate.

All 2017 Jeep Compass models are equipped with Uconnect 7.0, 8.4 or 8.4NAV with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto features. Other infotainment features include SiriusXM Radio, Travel Link, Traffic and Guardian services that provide real-time information.

Seven air bags are standard and other available safety features include: Forward Collision Warning-Plus, LaneSense Departure Warning-Plus, Blind-spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path detection, ParkView rear backup camera with dynamic grid lines and electronic stability control (ESC) with electronic roll mitigation. 

We've asked Jeep for a road test Trailhawk and will report on its in early 2018.


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