Replacing two models, the Compass will slot between the Renegade and Cherokee.Following a partial unveiling in Brazil, Jeep's 2017 Compass has made its US debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show.Replacing both the existing Compass and the Patriot, the redesigned crossover will slot between the Renegade and Cherokee. Its styling appears to be inspired by the larger Grand Cherokee, potentially targeting buyers looking for a smaller Jeep without quirky styling.
The US-market edition is powered exclusively by a 2.4-liter inline-four with 180 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque. Several transmissions are available, starting with six-speed automatic or manual gearboxes and a fuel-sipping nine-speed automatic unit.
Depending on the specific configuration, buyers can expect a modest one-ton towing capacity and an estimated highway fuel efficiency of up to 30 mpg.
The Compass balances off-road capabilities with on-road manners, with several trim levels oriented in one direction or other other. The Trailhawk is the most rugged, boasting 17-inch off-road tires and unique bumpers for steeper approach and departure angles.
The 2017 edition is expected to arrive in the US early next year.