In April, Jeep boss Jim Morrison stated the Compass — simply above the Renegade within the model hierarchy — would put one thing new underneath 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 International 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 a substitute of shifting via the previous nine-speed automated, the brand new mill sends energy via 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 have been out there on the Sport, Latitude, and Altitude hit the exit with the Tigershark. The absolutely automated Jeep Energetic Drive system comes normal on 4 of 5 trims, with Jeep Energetic 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 trendy 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 and tech for the 2022 mannequin yr, the 2023 Compass won’t be the actual deal simply but, however it will likely be a lot nearer to it.
Elsewhere on the listing of updates are new 17-inch wheels for the Sport and Latitude trims, the Trailhawk suits a brand new painted 17-inch gloss black wheel, and the particular version (RED) trim provides out there exterior colours. For occupants, new security package among the many 80 normal and non-compulsory security options are drowsy driver detection, rear seat reminder, and a car alarm.
The 2023 Compass could 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 are not any extra. MSRPs for the approaching Compass lineup together with worth modifications 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)