Among crossover car segment, Jeep’s Compass has been doing quite well for a long time. This vehicle is placed in between Cherokee and Patriot as its features and performance lie in between these two cars. Compass was first launched in the year 2006 and since then it has undergone many upgrades. Jeep is now all set to release the second generation of Compass which will be released as 2018 Jeep Compass.
This car will be released in different trims which include Limited- luxury minded, Sport- the base version, Trailhawk- off road version and Latitude- mid specifications. Trailhawk is being offered in Compass for the first time which means that Jeep is increasing their production list in off road car category.
2018 Jeep Compass – Design Appearance Changes
Interior of 2018 Jeep Compass has been redesigned this time. Dashboard has got twin barrel gauge including TFT display interface with either a 3.5 inch or 7.0-inch screen. U-Connect system 5.0 has been offered in standard trim while 7.0 have been offered in mid-spec trim. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay has been installed in this car as well. Dual zone climate control has been offered with HVAC controls.
Appearance wise this time there will be several improvements in 2018 Jeep Compass. HID projector time beam headlights will be installed which are way better than before. Fog lights have been placed lower to increase the visibility of roads. Wheels of certain trims can be wrapped in semi-aggressive all type terrain tires.
Engine of 2018 Jeep Compass
As far as engine specification is concerned, Jeep Compass 2018 has got a 2.4-liter engine with Tiger shark technology and 4 cylinders as the base version. This engine has also got MultiAir2 by FCA which is a valve timing technology controlled electro-hydraulically. The engine can produce a power up to 180 hp with a torque of around 175 lb-ft. This power rating is 8 hp more than existing version and torque is 10 lb-ft more than existing one. The engine will be mated to six-sped manual transmission.
The car is offered in either 4WD or FWD system. 4WD system is installed with two drive mode-Active Drive Low and Active Drive. Later one is a system where front wheels receive torque till a slippage is encountered. This mode has the capability to deliver almost 100 percent power of engine on a single wheel where that particular wheel will work as traction. This functionality can be achieved without any effort from the driver. Jeep claims that this car can give a fuel economy of around 30 mpg on the highway which is possible on FWD version.
Two main competitors of upcoming Jeep Compass are Ford Escape and Honda CR-V. Aesthetically CR-V puts enough pressure on Jeep Compass since a large number of customers prefer CR-V over Compass for exterior beauty.
2018 Jeep Compass – Price and Release Date
The 2018 Jeep Compass has been fixed with a price of around $21,000 for the base version. This car is supposed to hit the market by the fall of 2017.