In April, Jeep boss Jim Morrison mentioned the Compass — simply above the Renegade within the model hierarchy — would put one thing new beneath the hood earlier than the yr is out. In the end, the brand new powertrain is right here. Out goes the two.4-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder Tigershark with 177 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque, in comes a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder from the World Medium Engine household making 200 hp and 221 lb-ft.
This can be a detuned model of the engine going into the Dodge Hornet, additionally supposed for the Alfa Romeo Tonale however not too long ago yanked. As an alternative of shifting by way of the previous nine-speed computerized, the brand new mill sends energy by way of a brand new eight-speed auto. What’s extra, it sends energy to all 4 wheels in all trims; the front-wheel-drive choices that had been out there on the Sport, Latitude, and Altitude hit the exit with the Tigershark. The absolutely computerized Jeep Lively Drive system comes customary on 4 of 5 trims, with Jeep Lively Low the default alternative for the Compass Trailhawk. When the Path Rated mannequin is put into Low gear, the transmission’s 4.1:1 first gear and 4.398 remaining drive mix to ship a 20:1 crawl ratio.
The fashionable output numbers, hydraulic-filled engine mounts, upgraded transmission, bigger rear stabilizer, and retuned electrical energy steering ought to be a boon for dynamics and perceived high quality, and it is about time. After getting new seems to be and tech for the 2022 mannequin yr, the 2023 Compass may not be the true deal simply but, however it will likely be a lot nearer to it.
Elsewhere on the record of updates are new 17-inch wheels for the Sport and Latitude trims, the Trailhawk matches a brand new painted 17-inch gloss black wheel, and the particular version (RED) trim provides out there exterior colours. For occupants, new security equipment among the many 80 customary and elective security options are drowsy driver detection, rear seat reminder, and a car alarm.
The 2023 Compass will be ordered now, however will not attain showrooms till Q1 of subsequent yr. Assuming the $1,595 vacation spot cost holds regular, pricing is up purchase anyplace from $605 to $1,210 on an apples-to-apples foundation, a good deal contemplating the a lot improved internals. The bar to entry is up by $2,710, although, as a result of the cheaper front-drivers aren’t any extra. MSRPs for the approaching Compass lineup together with value adjustments from the 2022 variations are:
- Sport: $29,995 ($1,210)
- Latitude: $32,295 ($925)
- Latitude Lux: $33,695 ($605)
- Restricted: $35,495 ($605)
- Trailhawk: $35,745 ($740)
- Excessive Altitude: $40,340 ($965)