Compass is the compact crossover positioned between Renegade and Cherokee. The carmaker will update the vehicle next season. The mid-cycle facelift of the 2021 Jeep Compass is already announced, but not all details are available. The refresh of the exterior brings new colors, while the interior might get a fresh layout. The Compass Trailhawk is definitely the version that draws the most attention. But, Jeep is preparing a surprise. According to sources, in some markets, the crossover will come as a seven-seater. Sounds crazy, but we don’t want to write off chances of this to happen.
The engine lineup is the best thing about the Compass crossover. Still, buyers in the US could see it only with the Tigershark 2.4 powerplant. In the rest of the world, the small SUV used four more different configurations. Diesel and hybrid were not included, but it is about to change next year. The 2021 Jeep Compass is also getting the updated Uconnect infotainment. Higher trim levels are now equipped with the Alpina audio.
The company will also update the trim levels for the 2021 Compass. Sport version remains the entry-level model. The mid-range offer includes Altitude and Latitude, while in the premium squad we can find Limited and High Altitude. The Compass Trailhawk is the off-road specialist, and probably the most favorite package, not only for the compact crossover.
One thing is sure – the crossover is keeping a 2.4-liter four-banger as the base solution. The Tigershark engine is ready to deliver 180 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque. It sends power through a nine-speed automatic gearbox to front wheels. Fuel economy is respectable. Compass can return more than 30 mpg on the highway, even when the AWD model is selected. This drive is standard for the Trailhawk edition.
We believe the new vehicle is going to introduce another gasoline unit for 2021 season and beyond. Our pick is a 1.3-liter turbo-four (source: Motor1). The small mill is pretty capable, returning 180 hp and 200 lb-ft of torque. A 2.0-liter turbocharged engine produces too much power for the compact crossover. Outside the US, you can find Compass with Fiat’s 1.6-liter MultiAir drivetrain.
2021 Jeep Compass Diesel
Another version that could be there for the new season is the 2021 Jeep Compass Diesel. Still, we don’t know what kind of displacement the FCA is going to use. The company recently introduced RAM 1500 and Jeep Gladiator trucks with engines that use this type of fuel. The same turbo-six unit is part of the Grand Cherokee lineup. Still, the FCA is not delivering smaller units for smaller vehicles. The 2021 Compass Diesel might use one of the existing MultiJet engines, either 1.6 or 2.0 displacements. Either of them will provide a new option to buyers.
Compass Could Get a Hybrid Engine
It would be smarter for the company to develop a cleaner hybrid configuration, rather than a diesel. Other carmakers are flooding the market and Jeep is yet to introduce any kind of a hybrid unit. The first model with such setup will be Wrangler. But, the compact crossover lineup needs hybrid engines as well. This would improve the chances of the Compass in a battle against Nissan Rogue Sport and Mazda CX-5.
Facelift Details: 2021 Jeep Compass Colors and Interior
The 2021 Jeep Compass refresh is coming for the interior and exterior of the crossover. Designers have a lot of work to finish everything before the vehicle enters production. One of the highlights should be a brand-new infotainment system. The Uconnect is already one of the best packages in the market, providing enough accessories and features for every segment it offers. The system improves safety thanks to its simple layout. Larger screens and more options will be included all over the lineup.
Outside, the new Compass is making several changes. Still, the crossover keeps the shape and size, but fresh details will update the appearance. The company is not unveiling new colors yet. Currently, more than ten paintjobs are available. Jeep is not just piling up the colors, but the company will replace some of them.
The 2021 Jeep Compass Trailhawk is the most exciting package in the lineup. The crossover is specialized for off-road adventures. It comes equipped with a special suspension system and Selec-Terrain feature. We have to mention ‘Rock Mode’ for the toughest situations. Of course, all-terrain rubber and skidplates will extend the lifespan of the crossover.
2021 Jeep Compass Prices
The base Compass is not gaining too much of a value for the next season. Although revisited, the crossover will keep the starting MSRP around $22,500 to lure more buyers. Still, additional options will make the price go up pretty easily. The most expensive package, High Altitude, brings premium equipment and raises the cost above $32,000. Trailhawk starts just below that mark. Best price-to-offer value comes with Altitude and Latitude versions, which offer more than a base crossover, but these are not packing some luxury equipment that enhances the overall price.
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