Despite the frenzy of the Paris Motor Show, Jeep decided to unveil its all-new Compass SUV without displaying it in the French capital. The Volkswagen Tiguan rival is expected to arrive in Europe in early 2017, priced from around £23,000, following its debut at the LA Motor Show next month.
The Compass will sit above the Renegade in Jeep’s range and adopts a much curvier profile than the boxy outgoing model, but chunky lower bodywork and a raised ride height ensure that it keeps the Jeep DNA.
A more rugged Trailhawk version is also available, featuring underbody protection and higher ground clearance.
At 4.42m long, 1.82m wide and 1.65m tall, it slots between a Nissan Qashqai and Mazda CX-5 in terms of size. The Compass sits on a stretched version of the platform used by the Renegade and Fiat 500X, but the Compass has a larger 410-litre boot.
Inside, it appears to be more upmarket than the Renegade, with Cherokee-inspired materials and features. Jeep is claiming it will feature a “host of safety and advanced technology offerings”.
No details in terms of UK engines have been announced, but Jeep has stated that 17 “fuel-efficient” powertrains will be offered in total across the 100 markets where it will be sold. Currently, the only engines we know of include a 16lbhp 2.0-litre petrol/ethanol engine or a 164bhp 2.0-litre diesel. However, these are only confirmed for the Brazilian market.
In the UK, the Compass is likely to feature a similar engine line-up to that found in the Renegade – a 1.4 and 1.6-litre turbo petrol, while 1.6 and 2.0-litre diesels should be offered. All-wheel drive and automatic gearboxes will also be available. The model will be built at Jeep’s new plant in Pernambuco, Brazil.