2017 Jeep Compass Brings High Levels Of Versatility To Compact SUV Segment

Jeep’s all-new 2017 Compass is meant to further expand the brand’s global reach, aiming for consumers in more than 100 countries around the world.

Available in four different trim configurations (Sport, Latitude, Limited and Trailhawk), the 2017 Compass is said to deliver best-in-class off-road capability thanks to its two advanced 4×4 systems, each capable of sending 100% of available torque to any wheel.

These systems are the Jeep Active Drive (a full time 4×4 system) and the Active Drive Low system (class exclusive with 20:1 crawl ratio). Both of them include the Jeep Selec-Terrain system, which itself provides five modes of its own in Auto, Snow, Sand, Mud, plus Rock mode.

In order to provide 4×4 models with better fuel economy, the 2017 Compass utilizes a disconnecting rear axle and power take-off unit (PTU). However, in case more traction is needed, the Active Drive and Active Drive Low systems can instantly engage.

“Our all-new 2017 Jeep Compass enters an extremely important and growing segment worldwide, and does so with an unmatched list of attributes that includes benchmark 4×4 off-road capability, exceptional on-road driving dynamics, fuel-efficient powertrains, countless advanced technology and safety features, all wrapped in a premium, authentic Jeep design,” said Mike Manley, head of Jeep Brand. “Built around the world for customers everywhere, Jeep Compass raises the bar in the bar in the compact-SUV segment.”

On the road, the new Compass utilizes a fully independent suspension to go along with its electric power steering and segment-exclusive Koni frequency damping front & rear strut system – all for achieving superior driving dynamics. Now, while North American buyers will only get a 2.4-liter Tigershark four-pot with 180 HP and 175 lb-ft (237 Nm) of torque, in total there will be five engines (three petrol and two diesel) offered in markets throughout the world.

In terms of looks, the 2017 Compass features a wide exterior as well as something that Jeep calls “exceptional glass-to-wheel proportions”. It’s the traditional Jeep design cues however that let you know you’re looking at a Jeep. Other features include the seven-slot grille with Gloss Black cover for the individual chrome slots as well as the black outline for the headlight bezels. As for the rear, it features unique LED taillights integrated into the liftgate.

For the interior, aside from the available full-color 7″ display (the largest in the segment), Jeep have also added four all-new infotainment systems (Uconnect 5.0, 7.0, 8.4 and 8.4NAV), new Apple CarPlay and Android Auto features, SiriusXM Radio, Travel Link, Traffic and Guardian Connected Services.

Safety-wise, among its many active and passive safety features are the Forward Collision Warning-Plus system, LaneSense Departure Warning-Plus, Blind-spot Monitoring & Rear Cross Path detection, ParkView rear backup camera with dynamic grid lines, ESC with electronic roll mitigation and 7 standard airbags.


  • BqWsRe

    Drive a Jeep and you will understand just how practical and fun to drive they are… especially in crappy weather.

    • Mokes Oz

      Why ? Coz of the shyt quality of the brand that you will be walking in crappy weather

      • Bob

        So what other brands also have shyt quality in your opinion

        • Mokes Oz

          Hey bob I like Jeeps. But sins Fiat bought it the quality has dropped off. I’m not sucking this out of my thumb. This is what the consumer says. And sales in Oz prove it.

          • Bob

            And I asked you what other brands have shyt quality too in your opinion.

            And you answered with this ?

          • Bob

            ps Jeep has never had real good quality report and seeing I worked as a tech for Chrysler corporation for 35 years I would know this

            I worked on Jeeps Dodges Chyyslers and all the Japanese brands that Chrysler sold Including a car called the Cricket from England and Simca back a long long time ago I belive was made in France

            But I was gone when Fiat bought into Chrysler but I was there when Mercedes Benz bought into Chrysler and that quality was trash from Mercedes .

    • Bob

      Try working on them I was a Chrysler Dodge tech fo 35 years .

  • ME

    I like this an the all new 2017 Mazda CX-5, I’m wondering which is the better model.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Sadly, the 2.4 litre “Tigershark” is one the few really terrible engines remaining on the market.

  • fabri99

    I think it looks very ugly. Also, it lacks character: like the previous model, it just looks like a smaller GrandCherokee. I’d like it to bea little more original, right now I wouldn’t have this over a Mazda CX-5.

  • Sebastien

    I love the design and the off-road capability. Unfortunatly, I do not trust this brand for long term reliability and quality of construction. Their 9 speed auto sounds great on paper, but a lot of people are not impressed. I plan to buy a new SUV in 12-18 months, enough for this model to become more mature…

    I’m also really interested into the new CX-5 with 2.2 diesel…. fun to drive, a lot of power, dynamic, but not the same capability.

    The new Tiguan is also great, but here in Canada, we will only get the XL version, without TDI…too bad.

    • TheHake

      The CX-5 and new Tiguan are both fantastic cars, but with almost no offroad ability, unfortunately. I wish they would make a Tiguan with the 4xMotion system.

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