Well, we finally have some ideas about what the 2017 Jeep Compass will look like and if I’m honest… like what I see (at least on the surface). The MK (Compass and Patriot) have never excited me at all. Sure they have been a good entry level SUV that will let you explore just a little bit, but man have they been ugly. I will say that the current compass, with it’s Grand Cherokee like face, doesn’t look that bad coming at you, but for heavens sake don’t look in the rear view mirror at it once passed!
Delivering models late seems to be a trend with FCA that extends beyond the much anticipated JL Wrangler. While this new Compass is a 2017 model we are just now learning what it will look like while other ’17 models have been on showrooms for months.
My company car is on borrowed time and a new vehicle is on the horizon for me… This Jeep may just have possibility. But it will greatly depend on what features they bring along with it. In the past the Compass and Patriot have been lacking some of the features I look for in a fleet vehicle. This said, it looks like they are goring after a Trailhawk version of this Jeep which may give some insight to an up-scaling of the interior along with it’s better styling. I just hope this doesn’t come with too much of a sticker price increase though. A well trimmed Compass already puts you into much higher-end SUVs in the category that comes with them as standards.
This new model is intended to rival against the likes of the Toyota Fortuner, Honda CRV and the Ford Endeavour. The SUV will make its official debut at the 2016 Sao Paulo Auto Show in November but should start to arrive Brazilian dealerships next month.
Since the 2017 Jeep Compass (Jeep 551 C-SUV) will be launched in several global markets including India, it will have both right & left hand drive versions. While there is nothing official about its engine options as of now, I expect it to come with both gas and diesel engines. While the gas engine could be the 2.0-litre Tigershark, the diesel might be the 2.0-litre Multijet II diesel . Both the powertrains could get a 6-speed manual and a 9-speed automatic transmission options.
I know many Jeep “purists” will look at this Jeep and see it as an abomination of the brand, but vehicles like this under the badge are needed to keep the brand going for years to come. I may be one of the few, but I think FCA is actually doing a pretty decent job (but hold reservations until the JL is released).
What are your thoughts?