2017 Jeep Compass – improved, but is it good enough?
Good afternoon. Bob Aldons from Car Business on the job for you again. If you’ve been reading my blogs, you’ll have seen my comments and spy pics of the forthcoming 2017 Jeep Compasss. The new Jeep Compass due here in 2017 is, according to Mike Manley, improved in over 70 areas. But will it survive the critique of Australia’s buying public? It might be capable, it might have world-class on road driving dynamics and advanced fuel-efficient power- trains and premium styling, but will it pass the customer test?
Based on recent Jeep performance, history says that it won’t. Jeep, part of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles group has suffered in Australia by lack of quality, lack of quality control and indifference by the manufacturer to its customers. Australia probably has the most fussy, focussed customer base when it comes to warranty problems. Jeeps have been destroyed, a Dodge has been rolled over by a tank and had rap songs made about them. Fingers crossed that this model steps up in terms of reliability and quality.
There’ll be any number of critics just waiting for Jeep to fail the test again and the “We told you so” brigade will be out in force. I sincerely hope that the quality issues that have plagued so many models of late are eliminated. What do you say Mike Manley?
Follows the press release uploaded today by Fiat Chrysler Melbourne with the launch of the new Compass at the LA Motor Show
2017 Jeep® Compass: An all-new global compact SUV delivering unsurpassed 4×4 capability, world-class on-road driving dynamics, advanced fuel- efficient power trains and premium styling
- Most capable compact SUV ever with the most advanced 4×4 systems in its class
- FCA’s “Small Wide 4×4 architecture” combines best-in-class capability with exceptional on-road driving dynamics
- 17 fuel-efficient powertrain options for markets around the world
- North American models powered by the fuel-efficient 2.4-litre Tigershark, delivering up to 30 miles per gallon (mpg)
- Engine stop-start (ESS) results in increased fuel efficiency
- Choice of three transmissions:
- Class-exclusive nine-speed automatic transmission for 4×4 models
- Six-speed automatic transmission for 4×2 models
- Six-speed manual transmission for 4×2 and 4×4 models
- Premium, distinguished, authentic Jeep exterior styling includes open-air dual-pane sunroof
- Interior includes sculptured forms, high-quality materials and state-of-the-art technology
- Fourth-generation Uconnect system includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and the choice of 5.0-, 7.0- or 8.4-inch touchscreens with pinch-and-zoom capability
- Packed with more than 70 available advanced safety and security features
- Built in four countries for consumers all around the globe
November 17, 2016 – The all-new 2017 Jeep Compass expands the brand’s global reach with an unmatched combination of attributes that includes legendary and best-in-class 4×4 off-road capabilities, advanced fuel-efficient powertrains, premium and authentic Jeep design, superior on-road driving dynamics, open-air freedom, and a host of innovative safety and advanced technology offerings.
A truly global all-new compact SUV, the 2017 Jeep Compass will be manufactured in Brazil, China, Mexico and India, for consumers in more than 100 countries around the world.
“Our all-new 2017 Jeep Compass enters an extremely important and growing segment worldwide, and does so with an unmatched list of attributes that includes benchmark 4×4 off-road capability, exceptional on-road driving dynamics, fuel-efficient powertrains, countless advanced technology and safety features, all wrapped in a premium, authentic Jeep design,” said Mike Manley, Head of Jeep Brand – FCA Global. “Built around the world for customers everywhere, Jeep Compass raises the bar in the compact-SUV segment.”
The 2017 Jeep Compass is available in four different trim configurations: Sport, Latitude, Limited and Trailhawk.
Best-in-class off-road capability with two leading 4×4 systems
The all-new 2017 Jeep Compass delivers best-in-class off-road capability, courtesy of two advanced, intelligent 4×4 systems, each of which can send 100 percent of available torque to any one wheel:
- Jeep Active Drive – full-time 4×4 system
- Jeep Active Drive Low – class-exclusive full-time 4×4 system with 20:1 crawl ratio
Both Jeep Active Drive and Active Drive Low 4×4 systems include the Jeep Selec-Terrain system, providing up to five modes (Auto, Snow, Sand and Mud modes, plus exclusive Rock mode on the Trailhawk model) for the best four-wheel-drive performance on- or off-road and in any weather condition. For even greater Trail Rated off-road capability, Selec-Terrain includes Selec-Speed Control with Hill-descent Control on Trailhawk models.
Compass features a disconnecting rear axle and power take-off unit (PTU) – in order to provide 4×4 models with enhanced fuel economy. Jeep Active Drive and Active Drive Low 4×4 systems instantly engage when 4×4 traction is needed.
Trail Rated Jeep Compass Trailhawk
For those who seek adventure off the beaten path, the Compass Trailhawk model delivers best-in-class Trail Rated 4×4 capability with:
- Standard Jeep Active Drive Low 4×4 20:1 crawl ratio
- Selec-Terrain with exclusive Rock mode
- Increased ride height of almost one inch, skid plates and Jeep signature red front and rear tow hooks
- Unique fascias with 30 degree approach angle, 24 degree breakover angle a 34 degree departure angle
- Hill-descent Control
- Aggressive 17-inch off-road tires
- Up to 19 inches of water fording
- Up to 2000lb towing capability
- Anti-glare roof decal
Superior on-road driving dynamics
FCA’s “small wide architecture, a fully independent suspension, segment-exclusive Koni frequency damping front-and-rear-strut system, and precise electric power steering combine to deliver superior on-road driving dynamics in the all-new 2017 Jeep Compass.
Compass boasts a rigid foundation. The upper body structure and frame are engineered as a single unit for a stiff and more mass-efficient structure, and it is designed and built with an extensive use of high-strength steel and liberal use of structural adhesives. More than 65 percent high-strength steel is used for maximizing vehicle dynamics and crash performance while optimizing weight efficiency.
Advanced fuel-efficient powertrains
A total of five engines – three petrol and two diesel – will be offered, depending on the market worldwide. In North America, the proven, fuel-efficient 2.4-litre Tigershark four-cylinder engine will power the Compass, delivering up to 30 miles per gallon (mpg.)
2.4-litre Tigershark engine with MultiAir2
Efficiency and refinement also are hallmarks of FCA’s16-valve, 2.4-litre Tigershark four-cylinder engine with the MultiAir2 electro-hydraulic, fully variable valve-actuation system. The advanced technology engine produces 180 horsepower (134kW) and 175 lb.-ft. (237Nm), and is mated to the choice of three transmissions in North America:
- Class-exclusive nine-speed automatic transmission for 4×4 models
- Six-speed manual transmission (4×2 and 4×4 models)
- Aisin six-speed automatic transmission for 4×2 Compass models
Class-exclusive nine-speed transmission
The all-new 2017 Jeep Compass is the only compact SUV to offer a nine-speed automatic transmission, enabling the vehicle to optimise engine output and for aggressive launches and smooth, efficient power delivery at highway speeds. The nine-speed transmission is standard on all Jeep Compass 4×4 models.
Six-speed manual transmission
All-new 2017 Jeep Compass 4×2 and 4×4 models are equipped with the standard
C635 six-speed manual transmission. This proven transmission features a 6.68 ratio spread and a 4.438 final-drive ratio for fuel efficiency at faster speeds. Thanks to its first-gear launch ratio of 18.4:1, the gearbox delivers quick acceleration with smooth, precise shift quality.
Six-speed automatic transmission
Available on Jeep Compass 4×2 models, the Gen III six-speed automatic transmission features a 6.635 ratio spread and a 3.502 final-drive ratio for a responsive, enjoyable drive.
Authentic Jeep design with premium features and open-air freedom
The Jeep Compass features a premium, sculptural design aesthetic. The exterior design is expressive and emotional with a wide stance and exceptional glass-to-wheel proportions. The all-new compact SUV is immediately recognisable as a Jeep with its distinctive traditional Jeep design cues. Jeep designers gave the legendary seven-slot grille a fresh look by setting each of the individual chrome slots in a Gloss Black field. Headlamp bezels featuring a black outline add personality and attitude to the front of the all-new Jeep Compass.
The exterior of the 2017 Jeep Compass features a traditional clamshell bonnet with a double break line and centre bulge.
A fast, dramatic roofline and muscular fenders and shoulders create a stunning profile. The available Gloss Black painted roof adds a unique, premium appearance in the compact SUV segment. An available dual-pane sunroof provides the largest opening possible, connecting Jeep drivers and passengers to the outdoors and open-air freedom.
A standout feature of the rear of the Compass is its unique LED tail lamps. Slim and rectangular in shape, the tail lamps flow into the tailgate for a commanding yet premium appearance instantly recognisable as a Jeep Compass on the road or trail.
For added consumer convenience, the 2017 Jeep Compass features a power tailgate helping ease cargo storage.
Upscale interior design boasts premium features and technology
The all-new 2017 Jeep Compass interior design showcases a premium interior highlighted by sculptural surface elements and precise technical detail.
The trapezoidal centre stack bezel is a characteristic Jeep design cue and sports a colour and finish that complements the interior choice. The centre stack houses the 5.0-, 7.0- or 8.4-inch touchscreen displays. The centre console neatly integrates the functional features of the Jeep Compass, including gear-shift selection, Selec-terrain controls, electronic parking break, engine stop-start (ESS) controls, climate and volume control knobs, and easily accessible media charging and connectivity ports within the cubby bin.
The driver’s cockpit is thoughtfully designed and features a 3.5- or 7-inch LED driver information display (DID) instrument cluster. The available full-colour 7-inch DID – the largest in the segment – displays information that the driver may configure for easier access while driving. The Jeep steering wheel with integrated audio, voice and speed controls enables drivers to keep their hands on the wheel and attention focused on the road ahead.
Clever and thoughtfully designed storage solutions are abound throughout the cabin, including a stylish mesh side pocket in the front passenger foot well that can hold a notebook or tablet device, and an inventive multi-level rear cargo floor.
Advanced technology that delivers thorough use of all-new infotainment systems
The Jeep Compass offers four new Uconnect systems for North America (Uconnect 5.0, 7.0, 8.4 and 8.4NAV), delivering communication, entertainment and navigation features that drivers and passengers desire, including the segment’s largest full-colour LED instrument cluster.
The new line-up includes easy to use features, enhanced processing power, faster startup times, and touchscreens that display high-resolution graphics.
New Apple CarPlay and Android Auto features
The all-new 2017 Jeep Compass models is equipped with the Uconnect 7.0, 8.4 or 8.4NAV systems and includes the new Apple CarPlay and Android Auto features.
Seamlessly integrates an iPhone with the car’s built-in display and controls in addition to featuring Siri Voice control. iPhone-equipped drivers can make phone calls, access music, send and receive messages, and receive voice-guided navigation optimised for traffic conditions and more while staying focused on the road.
System shares useful information when driving and makes it easy to access the best of Google technology. Featuring Google Maps with free voice-guided navigation, live traffic information, lane guidance; on-demand access to 30 million songs with Google Play Music; plus the ability to place phone calls or send and receive messages while keeping your hands on the wheel; and ask Google search any question. Android Auto also makes it easy to access popular apps and content from the Uconnect system’s touchscreen.
Occupants also have an abundance of infotainment features at their fingertips with SiriusXM Radio, Travel Link, Traffic and Guardian services that provide real-time information.
More than 70 available advanced safety and security features
Safety and security were paramount in the development of the all-new 2017 Jeep Compass, which offers more than 70 available active and passive safety and security features. Consumers can drive with confidence as Compass includes “Safety cage” construction with more than 65 percent high-strength steel. Available 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, electronic stability control (ESC) with electronic roll mitigation and seven standard air bags.
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