The 2018 Jeep Compass has been announced for its second-gen incarnation which will come out in the upcoming year. The model was first seen this year at the 2016 LA Auto Show, where the US-spec version had been shown to the public. This is going to be a 2018 model year car but will arrive in the year prior than its name says.
The Compass made its debut some 10 years ago and it was immediately slotted between the Patriot and Cherokee Jeep models. The car assumes this position mainly based on the functionality and the price that it offers for the segment. It actually manages to showcase how a Grand Cherokee design can function when put on a smaller vehicle and offered on a smaller scale.
The new 2018 version of the Jeep Compass is expecting to offer much more to its buyers than the previous version. Upon its release date, the car will be offered in various markets around the world and it will come with 17 powertrain options in around hundred markets it covers. Being so well known grants the car versatility and the updated interior and exterior will help it achieve that even more. The US version will offer a single drivetrain which comes with tweaked up specs.
The pictures of the 2018 Jeep Compass have already circled the industry and the globe. We have a beautiful looking and a functional car in front of us which promises the same things that the car had before but much better.
When is the Release Date for the 2018 Jeep Compass model?
As we already said, the 2018 Jeep Compass already had its first official unveiling at the LA Auto Show. Now in the coming year the car will reach its world wide release with the release date coming in the latter part of 2017. This car is labeled as a 2018 model and a second generation Compass as well, but it comes out earlier than its name says and it’s in 2017.
Price Offers for the next-gen 2018 Jeep Compass
Although the release date is a done deal, we still do not have a confirmed price for the 2018 Jeep Compass. The car price ratings are going to be released prior to the car starting its sales. The current model has a base MSRP rate of $19,695, so we are predicting a price rating of around $21,000 for the newest model.
Exterior Changes and Updates
We can truly say that the new 2018 Jeep Compass is a handsome car. This was never a characteristic connected with the older Compass versions. The car was always considered to be as one with the worst kind of a design on the market. But with the upcoming redesign the car gets more new parts that it borrows from other Jeep vehicles. The front end is borrowed from the Grand Cherokee, the D-pillars look the same as the Renegade ones, and the wheel arches are similar to those in the Cherokee model. All of this is completed with black molding to add protection and style at the same time.
The front end has a familiar face but includes a steeply racked lower fascia, which enables it to work in various kinds of off-road situations. All of the Compass models will also come with a blacked-out roof and black A-, B-, and C-pillars, while the D-pillars is painted to match the body. The rear end positions a rather attractive rump, with deeply scaled taillights that have clear lenses. Also, now 65% of the Compass is made out of high-strength steel that enables better suspension tuning and manages the weight efficiency better.
Inside Updates and Changes
The interior has also been built to match some other Jeep models and the 2018 Jeep Compass will carry them well. The updates included are a twin-barrel gauge cluster with a TFT center display offered in 3.5- or 7.0-inches. A FCA’s 8.4-inch Uconnect system is placed in the center stack and there are two air vents on the sides. You get a Uconnect 5.0 system as standard and can chose to add a 7.0 one optionally. Also, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are offered across the board for all trim options.
The inside offers two-tone leather seats with red contrast stitching. You can get it also in black leather if you wish. Some other specific features include an electronic parking brake, an auto start/stop system, push button starting, steering wheel controls, power side mirrors, auto-up and auto-down front windows, and voice controls.
The 2018 Jeep Compass will offer a single powertrain for its US version, while a total of 17 engine variations are offered for other markets across the world. The US version will use an updated 2.4- liter Tiger Shark four-cylinder turbo engine that now provides 180 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque. This version has been updated with FCA’s MultiAir2 valvetrain technology with four valves per cylinder and a variable valve timing system.
0-60 mph Ability and Top Speed
The top speed and acceleration specs are still not released for the 2018 Jeep Compass. But according to the expanded engine offer these are going to improve a bit. The top speed might remain the same but the acceleration might shed a few tenths of a second. But the great thing is that the towing capacity has been improved to 2.000 pounds now.
Has the Fuel Economy Improved?
The EPA stats will be released once the sales for the 2018 Jeep Compass start. We can assume that the fuel consumption ratio will be a bit improved, mainly thanks to the engine improvements and the lighter body of the car. The previous model offered 20 mpg city, 23 highway, 21 combined, which is a suitable offer from an off-road capable car. Offering any sort of an improvement will be a big plus for the car.
The dimensions are still being kept under wraps and no official statement has been made about the 2018 Jeep Compass model. We do know that they are making the inside more comfortable so it might indicate that the car is going to be larger in terms of its dimensions. For now, compared to the rivaling models, it is supposed to make an expanded offer which will slant it as a very competitive car in the segment. Giving it a new look design wise can only be expanded with a larger body.
Safety Settings and Offers
The designers of the 2018 Jeep Compass promised advanced safety which will come with the premium design. The most important and the greatest improvement means the addition of a new high-strength body which comes in a single frame. This does not only given better attributes to the model but also makes it safer and helps it protect the people inside of it much better. Inside the Compass there is a slew of all kinds of new pieces of equipment and safety offers which are going to provide a better offer than the standard one that we had for the current car.
Although the 2018 Jeep Compass will offer an improvement and a refreshing start for the brand, the competition is not going to rest. Such models as the Honda CR-V, which is one of the most popular models in the segment, and the Ford Escape model, which has just been updated, will be worthy contenders in the segment.
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