The North American version of the 2017 Jeep Compass has just debuted at the Los Angeles Auto Show as the replacement to the outgoing model and the Patriot.
The only engine available in the United States will be a 2.4-liter four-cylinder delivering 180 hp and 175 lb-ft of torque. While just one engine is available, there are three different transmissions depending on specification. They include a six-speed manual in the 4×2 and 4×4 versions, a six-speed auto ‘box for front-wheel drive models and a nine-speed auto for 4×4 models. Whichever gearbox is selected, 100 per cent of the torque can be sent to an individual wheel thanks to Jeep Active Drive and Jeep Active Drive Low.
For customers looking for even more greater off-roading ability, Jeep has introduced the 2017 Compass Trailhawk version. It has a slightly more aggressive and rugged look thanks to the unique black and silver wheels and revised fascias. It also includes a new suspension system which allows for a 30-degree approach angle, 24-degree breakover angle and 34-degree departure angle, more than enough to cope with most tricky terrain.
Other components bespoke to the Compass Trailhawk include a Rock Mode, 20:1 crawl ratio and Hill Descent Control.
From a visual perspective, the new Compass is a dramatic departure from the outgoing car, particularly thanks to the new model’s much sleeker design. Among the most obvious changes include the front fascia where new headlights and a different grille are found, the low-slung roofline, new C-pillar design and the narrower rear window.
The interior is also a refreshing taste in modernity with a 3.5-inch information display on the gauge cluster as standard or a fully-digital, 7-inch dash available. Additionally, there’s a large central display offered in 5.0, 7.0 and 8.4-inch forms depending on trim, all of which include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.