Jeep Middle East has announced the roll out of the 2018 Jeep Compass lineup in the region. Powered by an economical, fuel-efficient 2.4-litre Tigershark petrol engine with MultiAir2 technology, it delivers 173 hp at 6,400 rpm, 237 Nm of torque and is paired to a nine-speed automatic gearbox. Superior on-road driving dynamics result from its architecture, fully independent suspensions, segment-exclusive frequency damping front-and-rear-strut system and precise electric power steering.
Depending on the variant chosen, the exterior of the new Jeep Compass exhibits typical Jeep signs like the seven-slot grille, recognisable wheel arches, strong fenders and a full-window surround treatment.
The cabin can accommodate five adults and comes with available ambient LED lighting, piano black touch surfaces and the characteristic Jeep centre stack.
The centre stack houses a touchscreen Uconnect™ system display and neatly integrates functional features such as gear-shift selection, Selec-Terrain controls, electronic parking brake, engine stop-start (ESS) controls, climate and volume control knobs, and easily-accessible media charging and connectivity ports. The thoughtfully designed driver’s instrument cluster features a 3.5- or 7-inch LED display, and the full-colour 7-inch (177.8 mm) screen – standard on Limited and Trailhawk models – displays information that the driver can configure for easier access while driving. Setting a new standard in terms of infotainment systems in the Jeep line-up, Compass offers two new Uconnect systems (7.0 and 8.4 NAV), delivering communication, entertainment and navigation features to enhance both the driving experience and passenger comfort. The latest Uconnect systems feature high definition screens with capacitive touch and include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (standard on Limited and Trailhawk, depending on market) for hands-free phone, navigation (only on the 8.4 NAV system) and voice texting, allowing customers to seamlessly integrate their phone’s voice control systems and a full range of infotainment features. Limited and Trailhawk models also feature Uconnect 8.4 NAV with Jeep Skills, an easy-to-use application that provides off-road-specific indexes so that drivers can monitor their performance on trails.
The Compass is available with one of two four-wheel drive systems. The Jeep Active Drive is available on all models except the Trailhawk, which gets the Jeep Active Drive Low with a 20:1 crawl ratio. Both Jeep Active Drive and Active Drive Low 4×4 systems include the Jeep Selec-Terrain system, providing up to five modes (Auto, Snow, Sand and Mud, plus an exclusive Rock mode on the Trailhawk).
The Trailhawk model has an increased ride height of almost 2.5 cm, skid plates, red rear tow hook, unique front and rear fascias that deliver 30 degree approach, 24.4 degree breakover and 33.6 degree departure angles, aggressive 17-inch off-road tyres and up to 216 mm of ground clearance. For even greater Trail Rated off-road capability, the Trailhawk’s Selec-Terrain also includes Selec-Speed Control with Hill-descent Control.