2017 Jeep Compass Revealed, Looks Like A Smaller Grand Cherokee

It’s time to bid farewell to Jeep’s dated Compass and Patriot siblings and say hello to the brand’s compact replacement for both models, the 2017 Compass that slots between the Renegade and Cherokee, being closer in size to the latter.

While we’ve already seen plenty of unofficial pictures of the new Compass on the web these past few weeks, Jeep officially unveiled the SUV today to mark the start of production at FCA’s Jeep Assembly Plant in Goiana, Brazil.

And the more we look at it, the more it reminds us of a compact Grand Cherokee, which  kind of makes sense, given the more characterful  Renegade and Cherokee in Jeep’s current lineup, which might not be to everyone’s taste.

We’ll see the 2017 Compass for the first time at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November, before it goes on sale in North America during the first quarter of next year.

Jeep said that the new Compass will be a “truly global compact SUV” that will be produced with “17 fuel-efficient powertrain options for consumers in more than 100 countries around the world” without divulging any specific details. The North American model will built in Mexico.

Based on an extended version of the Renegade’s platform, the new Compass is believed to be offered with Chrysler’s 2.4-liter Tigershark and/or a newer 2.0-liter turbocharged four paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission in the USA and Canada, but we’ll know more after its world premiere in LA.

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  • Kash

    I see some HR-V in the rear of this half breed thing, and if this looks ugly in Limited and Trailhawk trims i can only imagine how bad the base version will look.

    • BqWsRe

      People like the HR-V…but Jeeps sell better.

      Not worried, this will sell like hotcakes.

      • Kash

        the HR-V isn’t a bad looking car, i just said i could see some of it in it, the rest of my comment had nothing to do with the HR-V.

    • TheHake

      I like it. It’s a million times better than the Cherokee!

      • Kash

        it’s better than the Cherokee for sure, but that’s not hard to do now is it? lol.

        • TheHake

          True, true…

    • mavro

      Why do they call it Limited? Is that Limited to the amount they can sell?

      • Kash

        Who knows, but every brand seems to do it. Probably refers to the limited amount of people who can afford to buy it since they tend to be top spec models.

        • mavro


  • IFDU

    The design of this is more well received for me in my opinion. But this model just goes to show that this is just a “throw this out there” vehicle. This obviously looks better than the Cherokee, but they could of at least been more creative with the interior and not making it look damn near identical to its close sibling.

    • donald seymour


  • Tumbi Mtika

    It’s like you guys are willfully ignoring the obvious Renegade influence… https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/362a3c8049991b61223877d79cf28dd45698e0cee2ed1b3310f25e5e30192553.gif

    • BqWsRe

      Or the Renegade copied the Grand Cherokee. We all know the original.

      • Tumbi Mtika

        More like the Wrangler.

  • Six_Tymes

    that render looks very good.

    going to be interesting when someone does a 2017 segment shoot out.

  • BqWsRe

    The Baby Jeep Cherokee will sell well in the USA because it is just that.

    Great profit to keep FCA alive.

  • Ilbirs

    Official dimensions of this new Compass, by what was said to the Brazilian media:

    Length: 4.42 m (174 in.)
    Width: 1.82 m (71.6 in.)
    Height: 1.65 m (64.9 in.)
    Wheelbase: 2.64 m (103.9 in.)

    As can be seen, it slots exactly in the middle of the gap left by Renegade and Cherokee and it didn’t grow in comparison to the now previous gen:



    What happens is that FCA took advantage of the smaller overhangs of the SUSW platform in comparison to the JS and this Compass has more cabin to overall dimensions that are more or less the same, which is a great thing considering how bloated the cars we know are becoming after every generational transition. Yes, a breath of reason came from a brand that we wouldn’t expect to do in times where SUVs are being used for things that passenger cars can do better due to a lower center of gravity and better aerodynamics.
    It was also said in Brazil that the Compass would share some body parts with the Toro and I guess the most probable ones are the front doors (but using different external stampings) and the A and B pillars, something you can compare right below:



    I have the impression that the A pillar of the Compass, if the same of the Toro, is hidden under the roof shape, as this part has a very different profile than Toro’s. The external stampings are different, as can be seen by the more convex shape of the one in the Compass compared to the one in the compact truck from Fiat, which has a concavity where in the same place. The shape of the windows arches (the top way narrower than the base of the window) looks very similar, just with the Jeep having a more sophisticated profile in which the glass rolls up and down more over the channel than is embraced by this rubber, leading to better aerodynamics. Using same stamping in a way people don’t notice and, if notice, don’t care because it’s well designed is a thing Fiat does for decades that now is spread across FCA. One notable example of this were the sedan derivatives of the original Tipo (Fiat Tempra, Lancia Dedra and Alfa Romeo 155):




    I consider this model isn’t anymore the “poor man’s Grand Cherokee” that was the one who succeeds. Yes, it reminds the GC, but in a way like the Renegade takes some cues from the original CJs but explicitly doesn’t try to mimic them entirely. Jeep is having good times when it comes to design, something that we’re noticing more since the current Cherokee was shown to the world. The lineup is very cohesive and every product is unmistakably seen as a Jeep even if we take the badges off, a sign that the brand identity is very clear and we don’t have that sensation of a single shape that comes in different sizes like we’re seeing now in non-premium German brands and even non-German non-premium ones.
    For now, I guess that here in my country this Compass will eat the Outlander Sport (here called ASX), the Hyundai ix35 (the previous-gen Tucson in U.S.) and also the Tiguan for breakfast and can even rob some sales of the topline versions of Renegade and HR-V.

    • donald seymour

      I have to go to work, but when I’m finished I will read your comment.

      • Six Thousand Times

        It’s good.

        • donald seymour

          Just read it. And it is good.

    • Six Thousand Times

      There’s a lot here and well reasoned.

    • donald seymour

      I’m free from work. So, I read it. And I must say, very well put.

  • MarkoS

    Ok Jeep has a SUV for about everything and they are actually pretty good. Jeep needs to make quality and reliability Job One then maybe I would truly be interested.

  • DasHim
    • TheHake


    • Deckard_Cain

      It doesn’t look nothing like that?

    • Gerald Michael

      I see the Nissan Rogue.

    • DMJ

      Don’t drink and drive!!

  • Ken Lyns

    Looks like they went with a traditional-looking shifter instead of the confusing redshirt crusher…

  • Six Thousand Times

    I’m not really interested in any crossovers or SUVs, really – except old Landcruisers and Jeepsters – but this ain’t terrible. It puts some level of authentic Jeep vibe in the exact heart of the current market. Should kill it, sales-wise though I’ve never liked Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep quality.

  • Imjus Sayin

    So….are there plans for a TrailHawk, and Mopar/SRT versions? Was hoping they would use the ComPatriot name, since it replaces both.

  • Sebastien

    I really like the pictures, can’t wait to see more. Hopefully it will not be overpriced like the Renegade.

    I never owned a Jeep.

    • Crimzon

      Prices are reasonable, great lease deals right now and good financing options if you are interested. I’m going to the dealership tomorrow.

  • BGM

    OF COURSE it looks like a small Grand Cherokee. All other cars manufacturers are doing it, the *same car, different sizes* thing so why wouldn’t Jeep?

    Is creativity dead?

    • Crimzon

      I kind of like it. I like the way the GC looks but it is too big for me. 🙂

  • fabri99

    Just like the old Compass, it’s a little-Cherokee that both is as bad as its sounds and yet a disappointment.

  • Gerald Michael

    The front end would look good on the Cherokee. Overall, though, the Compass design would have made a better Dodge or Chrysler.

  • It seems the SUV market is divided in more segments we can possibly understand… At the end it always comes down to simple questions: is it a good car? Do I like it? Do I or my family and stuff fit in it? How much is it? …Ok then I won’t buy a Jeep.

  • psiqtas

    Although it looks far batter then the previous one it’s only another F.I.A.T. dressed like a Jeep…somehow disappointing the direction Chrysler is going now used by Italians… :/

    • Crimzon

      If you truly want a “Jeep” and going off-road this wasn’t going to be the model for you anyway. It has always been a bit of a compromise. Good for someone who needs an everyday drive but still likes Jeeps.



  • Christian

    sO THIS IS Coming too Europe as well, since it got a Alfa engine ?

  • WTF

    The cherokee should have looked like this, its a good looking suv and the chrome window trim that lines the roof into the back is unique without being overstyled

    • Crimzon

      I agree. I don’t like the front/headlights on the new Cherokees.

  • Enter Ranting

    These are the OFFICIAL unveiling photos?!

  • Rich Money

    wow the base of the a-pillar is awful.

    also, poor proportions.

  • ME
    • Crimzon

      You can BUY now. 🙂

      • ME

        The very new one for the US?

        • Crimzon

          Well it is strange because I just bought a 2017 Compass but it does differ from the pics a bit. For example, the rear passenger door handles are up sideways near the windows. I’m loving it though.
          Compared to my husband’s Dart this is a smooth ride even over the rough roads in MI. It is pretty quiet. Fuel economy has been pretty good all things considered. I do drive mostly highway miles and the last tank I averaged around 25 mpg, I would say normally I’m probably closer to 24. Still, it isn’t much worse than the Dart. I was getting about 28 mpg on that.
          Anyway…here is the link to Jeep US and the 2017 models are listed. http://www.jeep.com/model-compare/quick-chart/?modelYearCode=CUJ201702&variation=1 You can see how they are a bit different. I do like mine though. I’ve had it for about 3 weeks.
          Also, I thought they were doing away with the Patriot but there are 2017 models of that still too. So maybe next year?

  • The R&R

    Yeah, it looks like a Grand, but the side view looks a lot like a Cherokee. It looks good, but I would have liked to have seen a more original design.

  • Crimzon

    The article should be updated because the Compasses are on the lots now. My local dealership already has a TON of the new 2017 Compasses along with some really competitive lease deals. I’m actually going to go check one out tomorrow. I like that it looks like a baby Grand Cherokee. I like Jeep but we already have an old Wrangler “toy” and I have the Dart that I’ve been driving. I want something a bit bigger than the Dart and I miss my old Jeep. I need decent MPGs and I’m spoiled with heated leather seats, NAV etc. so the Compass is perfect for me. The dealer told me I could get the features I want in the Compass for close to $200/month lease. 🙂

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