As SUVs and crossovers flood the market, there’s nothing quite like a new Jeep to strum the sentiment strings, and that’s clearly what the company hopes to do with an early preview of its next big launch.
The 2018 Jeep Compass has been revealed, coinciding with Brazilian production kicking off in Goiana, Pernambuco today, though we’ll have to wait a little longer for all the details.
What we know today is that the 2018 Compass is being described by Jeep as “all new”, a complete redesign of the existing crossover. That’s no bad thing, considering the first-generation Compass was certainly showing its age: in fact, the design on dealer forecourts today dates back to the model’s introduction in 2007.
Jeep says there’ll be a choice of 17 different powertrain options, though every one won’t necessarily be available in each of the 100+ countries the SUV will be sold in.
Four trims are expected to be offered: in SA reports claim that will kick off at Sport, rising through Latitude, Limited – which will be the most luxury-focused version – and finally Trailhawk, which will emphasize the Compass’ off-road credentials.
Tech equipments for Mzansi are yet to be confirmed, but going by Jeep Brazil there’ll be Fiat Chrysler’s UConnect 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system – with optional navigation – along with a Beats Audio system equipped with a 506W amp. Sadly, no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.
A panoramic sunroof, LED headlamps, blind-spot information, forward collision warning, 18-inch alloy wheels, parking sensors and a reversing camera, and adaptive cruise control are also expected to be available. Meanwhile, the full-time all-wheel drive system will use Jeep’s SelecTerrain; in Brazil, that’ll mean settings for hill-descent, along with options for tackling snow, sand, mud, and rock.
Local availability is yet to be announced.
According to Autotrader, “The most capable compact SUV ever”, the all-new Jeep Compass will be available in North America in the first quarter of 2017 and in the Europe, Middle East, and Africa region (including South Africa) starting the second half of 2017.”