The Jeep Compass facelift has been unveiled with subtle visual tweaks and quite a few changes under the skin
First launched back in 2017 in India, the Jeep Compass has now received a thorough updated for model year 2021. The updated model is slated to go on sale in Europe in the coming months. Given India is one of the production hubs for the compact premium crossover, we expect the facelited version to be introduced in our market sooner than later.
Visually, most onlookers wouldn’t be able to tell the differences between the new and older models. The car gets new exterior colour options and fresh alloy wheel designs ranging from 16- to 19-inches.
The interior too has been retained as it is but the 2021 Compass receives a slightly larger touchscreen with updated Uconnect Infotainment system. With the quintessential 7-slot grille and boxy profile, the Jeep Compass has managed to strike a chord with its target audience globally and hence, FCA has opted not to fiddle with the aesthetics.
The most significant change comes in the form of a new down-sized 1.3-liter turbocharged petrol engine. Depending on the variants, the motor is available in two states of tune – 120 hp and 150 hp. The torque output on both editions stands at 270 Nm. It can be specified with a standard 6-speed manual transmission or a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic unit. The new motor is claimed to be a good 30% more efficient than the outgoing 1.4-liter unit.
The Europe-spec 2021 Jeep Compass will also be available with a 1.6-liter diesel engine producing 120 hp and 320 Nm of torque. The oil burner will be available only with the standard 6-speed MT and will send power to front wheels. The India-spec version is expected to continue offering the more powerful 2.0-liter diesel engine in BS6 avatar.
The all-wheel-drive system is reserved only for the 4xe plug-in hybrid variants that are set to join the lineup a few months down the line. The hybrid system will employ the 1.3-liter petrol unit in conjunction with an electric motor to develop 190 hp or 240 hp depending on the variant.
Other mechanical changes include lighter and more progressive steering wheel, and improved suspension system with frequency selective damping valves. The vehicle comes with an array of ADAS systems. Forward collision warning, lane departure warning, ESC and multiple airbags are standard fitment while Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path Detection, Adaptive Cruise Control, ParkView and Park assist are optional.
FCA has shifted the production of Europe-spec model from Mexico to its Italian plant in Melfi to reduce the delivery time. In India, 2021 Jeep Compass will continue to rival the likes of Tata Harrier and MG Hector along with top variants of Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos.