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Jeep Unveils 2017 Compass as Global SUV

November 17, 2016

Photo of the 2017 Jeep Compass courtesy of Paul Clinton.
Photo of the 2017 Jeep Compass courtesy of Paul Clinton.

Jeep introduced the 2017 Jeep Compass as a global compact SUV that will be offered in 17 configurations in 100 markets around the world during a press event ahead of the Los Angeles Auto Show.

In North America, the Compass will replace the Jeep Patriot and the first generation Compass, according to the automaker.

The Jeep Compass will be powered by the 2.4L Tigershark four-cylinder engine in North America and should deliver up to 30 miles per mpg, according to FCA. The engine will produce 180 horsepower, 175 lb.-ft. of torque, and will be mated to a choice of three transmissions. This includes a 9-speed automatic transmission for 4x4 models, 6-speed manual transmission, available for both rear-wheel and 4x4 models, and Aisin 6-speed automatic transmission, exclusive on rear-wheel Compass models.

The 2017 Jeep Compass will also be offered with two diesel engines in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. It will be available in four trim levels, including Sport, Latitude, Limited, and Trailhawk.

The Jeep Compass is also highlighted by its two intelligent 4x4 systems and a slew of new technological and safety features.

The 4x4 systems available are Jeep Active Drive and Jeep Active Drive Low, which are both full-time 4x4 systems that can send 100% of available torque to any wheel, according to FCA. The systems include the Jeep Selec-Terrain system that provides several modes that are designed to navigate the vehicle through a variety of terrain types,  including snow, sand, and mud.

The Jeep Active Drive Low, however, is exclusively available to the Trailhawk trim and features 20:1 crawl ratio, and an additional rock mode to the Jeep Selec-Terrain capabilities. Also exclusive to the Trailhawk trim is hill-descent Control, 17-inch off-road tires, and up to 2,000-lbs. towing capability.

In the cabin, the Jeep features a Uconnect system that includes Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto with a center stack that has available 5.0-, 7.0- or 8.4-inch touchscreen displays. The center console will be handle features such as gear-shift selection, the Selec-Terrain controls, electronic parking break, engine stop-start (ESS) controls, and climate and volume control knobs. In the driver’s seat, the compass features an available 3.5- or 7-inch LED driver display, and the Jeep steering wheel features integrated audio, voice, and speed controls.

It is also available with more than 70 available advanced safety and security features.

The 2017 Jeep Compass will be manufactured in Brazil, China, Mexico and India, according to the automaker.

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