More Details Surface on 2018 Jeep Compass
Measurements and such included in Brazilian press releaseby Mark McNabb, on
The debut of the 2018 Jeep Compass has finally stirred the contents at the bottom of Jeep’s barrel, bringing new action to a stale segment. We’ve already told you everything Jeep official released for the U.S. media, but now sources in Brazil are posting more detailed info on the little cute ‘ute.
To be clear, the Compass just started production in Brazil for global markets. That’s why the news is coming from South America. The U.S.-spec Compass will be built in Mexico and make its official debut at the 2016 LA International Auto Show in November. Stay tuned for that.
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More Info of the 2018 Jeep Compass
MotorChase says Sergio Marchionne, Mike Manley, and Ralph Gilles were in attended the Compass’ debuting ceremony and Gilles gave the main presentation. He stated the Compass was designed by Chris Piscitelli and is the most aerodynamic Jeep ever build, with its coefficient of drag at 0.35. Gilles went on to day the Jeep will be offered in Brazil with two engine choices: the 2.0-liter Tigershark and the 2.0-liter Mulitjet turbodiesel.
Both engines will be imported into Brazil for vehicle assembly, with the Tigershark coming from American and the Multijet from Italy. What’s more, the Tigershark will only come mated to an Aisin six-speed automatic. It will make 163 horsepower and 144 pound-feet of torque. (U.S. customers can expect the nine-speed auto.) The Multijet will make 167 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque and come exclusively with that nine-speed auto and 4WD. Opting for the Trailhawk trim also brings the Active Drive Low 4WD system.
While Jeep isn’t expected to debut the Compass with a diesel powertrain in the U.S., as Jalopnik points out, FCA may consider the move after General Motors surprised America by launching the all-new 2018 Chevy Equinox with a 1.6-liter turbodiesel. That’s a huge step after everything that’s happened with Volkswagen’s Dieselgate. Perhaps Jeep will be the next automaker to go diesel in a mass-volume crossover.
The website also details the Compass’ dimensions. It is 174 inches long, 71.65 inches wide, and 63.77 inches tall. It rides on a 103.93-inch wheelbase and has an interior cargo capacity of 14.479 cubic feet. Interestingly enough, the Trailhawk version loses 0.7 cubic feet of cargo capacity, landing at 13.7 cubic feet of room. There’s no word on what changes bring about the degreased interior volume.
The off-road ready Compass Trailhawk boasts an approach angle of 29.1 degrees and a departure angle of 33.1 degrees. For those not buying a Compass to rock crawl, the standard Compass features a 28.7-degree approach angle and a 31.9-degree departure angle. It also has 8.59 inches of ground clearance. The Compass Trailhawk also has nine inches of ground clearance thanks to a mild suspension lift and taller tires, which is what increases the approach and departure angles. Having nine inches of ground clearance means Compass Trailhawk only lacks an inch of ground clearance over the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon.
And speaking of the Wrangler Rubicon, by comparison, it features Jeep’s most aggressive approach and departure angles. This off-road ready Wrangler has an approach angle of 42.2 degrees and a departure angle of 32.3 degrees. A full 10 inches of ground clearance keep it from scraping its belly. While the Wrangler has nearly double the Compass’ approach angle, the two share similar departure angles.
In the safety department, the Brazilian-spec Jeep will bring new safety features to the country. “New” is a (sadly) relative term, as Electronic Stability Control is touted as being standard equipment for the first time in a Brazilian vehicle. Apparently only front airbags are required by law down there. The top trim, the Trailhawk, also brings safety features like Park Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning, Automatic High Beams, and Front Collision Warning and Prevention.
Stay tuned as Jeep releases more info on the 2018 Jeep Compass.