All-New Jeep Compass Finally Debuts Looking Like a Meaner Renegade

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

The new Jeep Compass has been introduced in celebration of the start of production at FCA’s Brazilian Jeep Assembly Plant in Goiana, Pernambuco.

Heading to market as a global compact SUV, the Jeep Compass will be produced with 17 fuel-efficient powertrain options when it’s sold in more than 100 different countries in the world. Although the American automaker didn’t release complete details about the new Compass, it promises that it will deliver best-in-class 4×4 off-road capability, advanced fuel-efficient powertrains, premium and authentic Jeep design, superior on-road driving dynamics, open-air freedom and a host of safety and advanced technology offerings.

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The new SUV will replace both the existing Compass and Patriot models, slotting between the Renegade and Cherokee. Under the hood, expect to see either a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine or a 2.4-liter four-cylinder mill, both paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission.

It will also head to North America starting the first quarter of 2017 and it will make its first public debut at the 2016 L.A. Auto Show in November. Expect more details to be released then.

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Drex95 Drex95 on Sep 28, 2016

    Given the avalanche of derision that was directed toward the previous generation of the Compass, I'm surprised that FCA management saw any value in carrying over the name to the new design. If anything, I think the name would work against it.

  • Smartacus Smartacus on Sep 29, 2016

    Will they have a Compass Trailhawk ? And how will it compete against the very capable Renegade Trailhawk?