2019 Jeep Compass Upland Special Edition Gives The Entry-Level Model Trailhawk Looks

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles dropped details about a handful of 2019 models today and the latest is the Compass.

Since the crossover was launched in early 2017, this year’s updates are relatively minor and include a newly standard 7-inch Uconnect infotainment system as well as a Sting Grey paint job. The Compass Trailhawk receives restyled 17-inch alloy wheels, while the Advanced Safety Group package has been expanded to include adaptive cruise control.

Lastly, there’s a new Premium Lighting Group which is available on the Compass Latitude, Limited and Trailhawk. It includes bi-xenon high-intensity discharge headlights, LED daytime running lights and LED taillights.

While the updates aren’t terribly exciting, Jeep is also offering a new special edition called the Upland. Available on the entry-level Compass Sport, the Upland package effectively turns the model into a clone of the more expensive Compass Trailhawk.

While the special edition misses out of the off-road focused upgrades, the model does come equipped with a Trailhawk front fascia, a gloss black grille and 17-inch alloy wheels which are sourced from its more expensive counterpart. Other exterior updates include a gloss black roof, matte black tow hooks, a front skid plate and a bright exhaust tip.

Interior changes are extremely limited, but the special edition comes with silver anodized accents and all-weather mats which are shared with the Trailhawk. Other features, which aren’t unique to the model, include a dual-zone automatic climate control system and a six-speaker audio system.

Buyers looking for a little more luxury can order the Compass Limited with the new High Altitude Appearance Package. It features satin gloss granite accents, a gloss black roof and tinted rear windows. The package also adds the Premium Lighting Group and 19-inch wheels with a satin gloss granite finish.

The interior receives some minor updates as well with the biggest being an 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment system with GPS navigation. Other special touches include anodized gunmetal trim and tungsten contrast stitching.

Under the hood, the 2019 Jeep Compass has a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 180 hp (134 kW / 182 PS) and 175 lb-ft (237 Nm) of torque. It can be connected to either a six-speed manual or a nine-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, while four-wheel drive is optional.

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  • ME

    Given that this product is made in Mexico, FCA should not charge for the LED lighting package as it costs them little to build. Even the more expensive new Subaru Forester has them standard on every trim, and that car is Japanese made.

    This model should also get the new snapper Hurrican motor, why are they so cheap stick with the lame Tigershark?

    • Matt

      Just because the vehicle is assembled in Mexico doesn’t mean the components are built there.

      You answered your own question Re the Forester – it’s more expensive. The Compass is an affordable car, nobody expects LED lighting to be standard.

      • ME

        My compass cost me $35K, as much as I like it it should have come with more standard features.

        • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

          You spent $35k on a Compass?

          WHY????

          • JW

            HAHAHA! Exactly. I paid for something and now I think it should be something I didn’t pay for. You should have spent you money more wisely ME.

  • Paul

    These are nice but too bad the cost so damn much when you get to the desired tidbits.

  • Hot Twink

    While the special edition misses out of the off-road focused upgrades

    That’s funny. As far as the GKN developed all-wheel drive system goes, it’s the same for all versions of the Compass. The only hardware difference the Trailhawk has is the axle final drive gearing.

    Jeep markets the system with the name “Active Drive Low” despite the fact it doesn’t actually true low range reduction gearing. Pressing the “4WD LOW” button only tells the 9-speed ZF transaxle to start in first gear. It’s
    essentially a marketing gimmick.

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