5 Things We Know About The Upcoming Jeep Compass Facelift
While the updated Compass only looks like a minor design update from the outside, Jeep has been busy adding features and making changes underneath its skin
Jeep’s upcoming facelift of the Compass has been spotted many times and always tightly wrapped in camouflage, hiding the change to its design. Now however, undisguised spy shots of it have cropped up in China which confirm some of the information we already knew about the facelifted SUV. Here’s 5 things we know about the upcoming Compass facelift:
Looks same, but also different
Don’t be fooled if you find yourself unable to immediately notice what exactly the changes are on the new Compass. Jeep has mildly updated the design of the Compass’ front end. The headlights are now sleeker, the grille has been tweaked slightly and the bumper also has been given new cuts and creases that refresh its fascia . These subtle changes won’t be noticeable at first glance, but they definitely give the Compass a sharper look.
The facelifted Compass is expected to get Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ latest UConnect 5 Infotainment system. The central screen looks like it has grown to over 10 inches in size. It is expected to bring the latest features such as connected car technology to the Jeep Compass. Apart from that, the Compass facelift is also expected to be equipped with Level 2 autonomous tech, with features like highway assist, active blind spot detection and more. Whether this tech will be available on the India-spec model or not, still remains to be seen.
New interior colour scheme
While it doesn’t look like Jeep has made too many changes to the interior, it now gets a new colour scheme. The cabin has been done up in all black, compared to the black and beige combination we get now.
New alloy wheel design
The facelifted Compass features new wheels as well. The Y-shaped design elements have been replaced by hexagonal patterns and they give the Compass a fresh look. However, different spy shots feature different alloy wheel designs so it's not yet clear as to which ones will be offered on the India-spec Compass. It doesn’t look like Jeep has tinkered with the wheel sizes of the mid-size SUV and the current car is offered with up to 18-inch alloy wheels.
New petrol engine
The Compass is expected to get a new 1.3-litre turbo-petrol engine that dishes out close to 180PS. This would replace the current 1.4-litre turbo-petrol engine that put out 163PS. Buyers will be offered a choice between a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed dual clutch transmission. The 2.0-litre diesel engine that makes 173PS and can be had with a 6-speed manual, or a 9-speed automatic, will also be carried forward.
The facelifted Compass will be similar to the older car in many aspects, while improving on areas where its rivals are currently trying to take the lead. It gets a new petrol engine for those who prefer the added refinement, the latest in terms of tech and a slightly new design and interiors to make it stand out from the older model. We don’t expect Jeep to charge a lot more over the current version of the SUV, which retails between Rs 16.49 lakh and Rs 24.99 lakh (ex-showroom India).
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