What We Learned About The 2017 Jeep Compass, Plus 118 Photos & 12 Videos

While Jeep’s North America arm is keeping us mostly in the dark about the redesigned 2017 Compass that’s meant to replace both its namesake and the Patriot, Fiat-Chrysler Automobile’s (FCA) Brazilian unit has come forward with a boatload of photos, videos and preliminary details on the C-segment SUV.

Before we tell you what we learned, let us quickly mention that one of the reasons why Brazil got first dibs on the 2017 Compass is because FCA initiated series production of the new crossover at its local plant in Goiana. Jeep has said that it plans to expand production of the compact model that sits under the Cherokee into China and then in Mexico for North American consumption in early 2017.

From the images of the North American Compass that Jeep shared last night, we did not detect any visible cosmetic changes with the Brazilian market model pictured in our gallery, but expect to see at least some differences in trimmings, upholstery and options.

That said, the SUV’s exterior dimensions will be the same regardless where it goes on sale, at 4,410mm (173.6 in.) long, 1,820mm (71.7 in.) wide and 1,640mm (64.6 in.) tall, riding on a 2,630mm (103.5 in.) wheelbase, which means it has a near identical footprint to the outgoing 2016 Compass (175.1 in. long, 71.4 in. wide, 65 in. tall with a 103.7 in. wheelbase).

Brazil, and possibly some other South American countries, will get an initial choice of two four-cylinder engines, a 166hp 2.0-liter Tigershark flex fuel-capable gasoline unit that can run on E85, which is paired to a 6-speed automatic, and a 170hp 2.0-liter Multijet II turbo-diesel offered with a new 9-speed automatic transmission.

Initially, at least, the gasoline model will be available with front-wheel drive only, in Sport, Longitude and Limited trims, while the diesel, with four-wheel drive and in Longitude and Trailhawk trims.

As with other Jeep models, the Trailhawk will be the most capable off-road version of the Compass offering a 20mm (0.8 in.) suspension lift, different alloy wheels and special tires for mixed use, and additional underbody plates for protection, allowing for improved approach and departure angles over the regular models.

As for what we’ll get here in the USA and Canada, all will be revealed in a couple of months at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, though, primary candidates to power the very Grand Cherokee-esque looking 2017 Compass that’s based on an extended version of the Renegades platform, include a tweaked 2.4-liter Tigershark four and/or a more modern 2.0-liter turbo gasoline lump.

2017 Jeep Compass Trailhawk (BR)

2017 Jeep Compass Longitude (BR)

2017 Jeep Compass Sport (BR)

2017 Jeep Compass Limited (BR)

2017 Jeep Compass (EMEA Region)

2017 Jeep Compass (NA)


  • msuboon

    it looks good but FCA group reliability is trash

  • TheHake

    YES! Low Range on the Trailhawk. I’m having me one of these!!!

  • chippers

    The interior looks like it’s for sale on one of those cheesy used car lots where they slather armor all on everything.

    • Craig

      EXACTLY what I was thinking!!

      • ME

        Perhaps see it in person and judge for yourself.
        Although I would like other interior surface color options. There is a nice brown color that I saw on the Jeep Brazil website.

  • Bash

    I understand the differences in language between the (BR) and (NA) version of the infotainment system… but why is the difference in shape of the buttons and color scheme and the wall paper of the system, just curios…… or is it changeable, like themes? I doubt!!

    • europeon

      Different version of UConnect most likely.

  • DeWayne

    It looks, in my mind, how the Cherokee should have looked. They should have refreshed the Cherokee with this design, and created something a little more unique for the Compass. Why bring the compass in line, design-wise, with the Grand Cherokee? The Wrangler should be the corner stone of Jeep design. It seems to be a fairly easy, straight forward, family of vehicles to manage, yet those in charge seem endlessly confused.

  • Sur Komm

    Exterior is awesome, but the interior is just so early 2000s, very unsophisticated and utilitarian like tough finish, only thing looks good is that steering wheel. If Jeep can make the interior more like the new KIA, VW or Audi, and improve the overall reliability then it will sell tons.

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