After a bad year for the Compass name, Fiat-Chrysler decided to take a step further and make things better for Jeep lovers. In this matter, they choose to give the Compass a significant overhaul, improving both looks and guts.
Because of this, the 2017 Compass seems already like a sales leader. This amazing Jeep has what it takes to compete with many bestselling models of the actual market. It also represents a revolution in size, weight, and proportions.
The old Compass was terribly criticized by the specialized media, which argued about how awful was its build quality and drivetrain performance. Now it comes with a refreshed design and a borrowed architecture from a close sibling.
Powertrain and Outstanding Features
There is a lot to talk about the recently announced 2017 Compass. Let’s start with the powertrain, which isn’t exactly a novelty. This model will use the denominated Tigershark engine: a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that produces up to 180 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque.
If you are up-to-date regarding Fiat-Chrysler models, you will notice that this same engine is also present in other models. Along with the powerplant, FWD versions will have either a six-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed automatic.
Users who choose the AWD version, equipped with the Jeep Active Drive, can get a nine-speed automatic gearbox, specially tuned for off-road purposes. For those who don’t know, the Jeep Active Drive is a pre-existing technology that sends torque from the front axle to the rear one when the system detects the need.
Also, AWD versions will include the Selec-Terrain drive mode selector, which is another amazing feature developed by Jeep, capable of detecting the terrain and immediately adjusting the drivetrain, suspension, and relevant systems in order to provide the best performance possible.
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Presentations and Toys
The 2017 Compass will be sharing the same 4×4 architecture than the Renegade, which is a good thing for many reasons. Beyond this fact, we have the need to address the four different trims that this revamped model will be offering: Sport, Latitude, Trailhawk, and Limited.
Every single trim level has its own attractive but, as expected, we have to highlight the always-exciting Trailhawk. This trim will be adding all kinds of fabulous things for those looking for the complete off-road experience, including the nine-speed transmission.
While the Sport trim, which is the most basic one, provides plenty of toys, is the Trailhawk that steals the attention. We are getting with it a raised suspension, red tow hooks, underbody skid plates, special bumpers, top-notch off-road tires, contrasting roof, matte-black unique graphics, a 7.0-inch digital gauge cluster, dual-zone automatic climate, and much more.
The Limited will be the deluxe alternative for those looking the most expensive tech onboard and the maximum comfort possible on a Compass model.
The Bottom Line
The 2017 Compass will be a great example of how a successful revamp should be, bringing way more quality than expected. While the numbers aren’t clear regarding the price tag, we can expect something between US$18,000 and US$25,000.