Jeep Compass Mid-Cycle Refresh Leaked
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) may be busy signing partnerships and working towards the eventual complete merger with PSA Groupe to become “Stellantis”, the world’s fourth-largest automotive group to date, but the brands under the umbrella have plans of their own. Flagship brand Jeep® has been going strong, recovering after the COVID-19 quarantine shut down the automotive industry and manufacturing plans worldwide. With the release of 4xe vehicles and Mojave Desert editions, some might think Jeep has its plate full, but we’re still seeing new concept releases for the Jeep Gladiator pickup truck. Next on the menu is the recycling of current models in the lineup, refreshing them for the modern age of automotive engineering and technology, starting with the 2022 Jeep Compass.
Yeah, you heard right, we’re talking about the 2022 model year already. When the Jeep Compass second generation was released in 2016 as a 2017 model, it set the standard for car technology at the time, bringing the newest generation of infotainment systems to the cockpit, complete with navigation, real-time updates, and of course a sick sound system, a nine-speaker from BeatsAudio. It was a step up, but we’re in 2020, and although it hasn’t been anything like what we expected, we’re all looking for something newer and better. With the Jeep Grand Wagoneer getting closer and closer to release, if we’re not getting a new generation for the Jeep Compass, then a mid-cycle refresh is just as good to bring it back up to speed once again.
From the outside, there isn’t a whole lot of change to the look of the 2022 Jeep Compass, but we’re basing this off of camouflaged prototype models from spy photos and lucky amateurs and not so much the rendering above. Oddly enough, some are pointing to similarities between the new Jeep Compass design and the Ram 1500 with narrower headlamps and larger grille. Hey, after making the Jeep Gladiator, basically a Ram with a Jeep badge, anything is possible. With full-LED lights complemented by a black plastic mesh for the seven-slot grille, the front of the Compass is looking a little more clean cut, if anything.
Now for the technology, and the reason why the Compass is the vehicle to look for. Uconnect recently released its newest generation, Uconnect 5, but not many FCA vehicles have received the new infotainment system, standard or over-the-radio. Jeep Compass does come with Uconnect 5, powered by Android, and compatible with displays as large as 12.3 inches – whether the Compass will have a touchscreen that large is another story. Another nice bit of technology promised by Jeep is Level3 Autonomy, but this isn’t anything new. As we said, the automaker is bringing the Compass up to speed, and Level 3 Autonomy is stuff like smart cruise control where the car will reduce speed but the driver still needs to intervene to avoid an incident if such a case were to arise.
Don’t forget that the Jeep Compass is also part of the Jeep 4xe models. Heck, the Compass and the Jeep Renegade were the first 4xe models, launched overseas as the 4xe First-Edition models in January 2020. The Wrangler and global release of the Jeep Wrangler 4xe came later. Jeepers are just making a big deal because everyone loves the Wrangler. If you have a sweet spot for the Jeep Compass, however, then you’re in luck. You can find your Jeep Compass at Aventura Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram.