Three transmission choices but just one engine for the newest Jeep.

After showing the car overseas, Jeep now has revealed its newest crossover in the U.S. market. The 2017 Jeep Compass will hit showrooms in the first quarter of 2017 with three transmission choices and four trim levels, and up to 30 miles per gallon.

Though Jeep will sell 17 different Compass powertrains globally, there’s only one engine headed to the U.S. market. The 2.4-liter inline-four ‘Tigershark’ mill produces 180 horsepower (134 kilowatts) and 175 pound-feet (237 Newton-meters) of torque, and though specific numbers aren’t ready, Jeep promises 30 mpg; the engine has a stop-start function to save fuel. On four-wheel-drive variants, the Compass comes with a nine-speed automatic transmission, while front-wheel-drive models get a six-speed automatic. There will also be a six-speed manual available on the Sport 4x2, Sport 4x4, and Latitude 4x4 models.

2017 Jeep Compass
2017 Jeep Compass
2017 Jeep Compass
2017 Jeep Compass

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As was evident before, the Compass looks like a scaled-down Jeep Grand Cherokee. It’s a handsome, modern look, with signature Jeep cues like a seven-slot front grille and squared-off openings for its plastic-clad fenders. Thanks to its unique front and rear fascias, one-inch ride height increase, and skid plates, the Trailhawk model is claimed to be the most capable off-roader in the compact-crossover segment, and it earns Jeep’s famous Trail Rated designation.

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Options include gloss-black roof treatment or an enormous panoramic sunroof. There’s a 7-inch color trip computer ahead of the driver, and depending on trim level, a 5.0-, 7.0-, or 8.4-inch version of the Uconnect touchscreen infotainment system. The system now has multi-touch pinch-to-zoom functionality, plus Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support.

Other key capabilities for the 2017 Jeep Compass Trailhawk include up to 2,000 pounds (907 kilograms) of towing capacity, the ability to ford 19 inches (48 centimeters) of water, and a low-range four-wheel-drive system with a 20:1 crawl ratio. The unique bodywork allows for impressive 30-degree approach and 34-degree departure angles, too.

"Clearly Jeep owners value the ability to escape civilization every so often," joked Jeep brand chief Mike Manley.

The Compass will also be offered in Sport, Latitude, and Limited trim level with varying levels of equipment. Wheel choices run from 16 to 19 inches, and high-zoot options include things like self-park assist, LED taillights, remote start, a heated windshield wiper de-icer, leather upholstery, and more. It weighs between 3,184 and 3,633 pounds, depending on configuration. With the rear seats up, there’s 27.2 cubic feet of cargo space, which expands to 59.8 with the back seats folded down. That’s better than the total storage space offered be Jeep’s Renegade (50.8 cubic feet) and Cherokee (54.9).

Though the Jeep Compass will be built in four factories worldwide, models destined for American consumption are set to roll out of a plant in Toluca, Mexico. Stay tuned over the next few months for pricing figures and exact fuel-economy ratings.

Source: Jeep

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2017 Jeep Compass U.S. Spec

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The all-new 2017 Jeep® Compass expands the brand’s global reach with an unmatched combination of attributes that includes legendary and best-in-class 4x4 off-road capability, advanced fuel-efficient powertrains, premium and authentic Jeep design, superior on-road driving dynamics, open-air freedom, and a host of innovative safety and advanced technology offerings.

A truly global all-new compact SUV, the 2017 Jeep Compass will be manufactured in Brazil, China, Mexico and India, for consumers in more than 100 countries around the world.

“Our all-new 2017 Jeep Compass enters an extremely important and growing segment worldwide, and does so with an unmatched list of attributes that includes benchmark 4x4 off-road capability, exceptional on-road driving dynamics, fuel-efficient powertrains, countless advanced technology and safety features, all wrapped in a premium, authentic Jeep design,” said Mike Manley, Head of Jeep Brand – FCA Global. “Built around the world for customers everywhere, Jeep Compass raises the bar in the compact-SUV segment.”

The 2017 Jeep Compass is available in four different trim configurations: Sport, Latitude, Limited and Trailhawk.

Best-in-class off-road capability with two leading 4x4 systems

The all-new 2017 Jeep Compass delivers best-in-class off-road capability, courtesy of two advanced, intelligent 4x4 systems, each of which can send 100 percent of available torque to any one wheel:

Jeep Active Drive – full-time 4x4 system

Jeep Active Drive Low – class-exclusive full-time 4x4 system with 20:1 crawl ratio

Both Jeep Active Drive and Active Drive Low 4x4 systems include the Jeep Selec-Terrain system, providing up to five modes (Auto, Snow, Sand and Mud modes, plus exclusive Rock mode on the Trailhawk model) for the best four-wheel-drive performance on- or off-road and in any weather condition. For even greater Trail Rated off-road capability, Selec-Terrain includes Selec-Speed Control with Hill-descent Control on Trailhawk models.

Compass features a disconnecting rear axle and power take-off unit (PTU), in order to provide 4x4 models with enhanced fuel economy. Jeep Active Drive and Active Drive Low 4x4 systems instantly engage when 4x4 traction is needed.

Trail Rated Jeep Compass Trailhawk

For those who seek adventure off the beaten path, the Compass Trailhawk model delivers best-in-class Trail Rated 4x4 capability with:

Standard Jeep Active Drive Low 4x4 20:1 crawl ratio

Selec-Terrain with exclusive Rock mode

Increased ride height of almost one inch, skid plates and Jeep signature red front and rear tow hooks

Unique fascias with 30-degree approach angle, 24-degree breakover angle and a 34-degree departure angle

Hill-descent Control

Aggressive 17-inch off-road tires

Up to 19 inches of water fording

Up to 2,000-lbs. towing capability

Superior on-road driving dynamics

FCA’s “small wide architecture,” a fully independent suspension, segment-exclusive Koni frequency damping front-and-rear-strut system, and precise electric power steering combine to deliver superior on-road driving dynamics in the all-new 2017 Jeep Compass.

Compass boasts a rigid foundation. The upper body structure and frame are engineered as a single unit for a stiff and more mass-efficient structure, and it is designed and built with an extensive use of high-strength steel and liberal use of structural adhesives. More than 65 percent high-strength steel is used for maximizing vehicle dynamics and crash performance while optimizing weight efficiency.

Advanced fuel-efficient powertrains

A total of five engines – three gasoline and two diesel – will be offered, depending on the market worldwide. In North America, the proven, fuel-efficient 2.4-liter Tigershark four-cylinder engine will power the Compass, delivering up to 30 miles per gallon (mpg).

2.4-liter Tigershark engine with MultiAir2

Efficiency and refinement also are hallmarks of FCA‘s 16-valve, 2.4-liter Tigershark I-4 engine with the MultiAir2 electro-hydraulic, fully variable valve-actuation system. The advanced technology engine produces 180 horsepower, 175 lb.-ft. of torque and is mated to the choice of three transmissions in North America:

Class-exclusive nine-speed automatic transmission for 4x4 models

Six-speed manual transmission (4x2 and 4x4 models)

Aisin six-speed automatic transmission for 4x2 Compass models

Class-exclusive nine-speed transmission

The all-new 2017 Jeep Compass is the only compact SUV to offer a nine-speed automatic transmission, enabling the vehicle to optimize engine output and for aggressive launches and smooth, efficient power delivery at highway speeds. The nine-speed transmission is standard on all Jeep Compass 4x4 models.

Six-speed manual transmission

All-new 2017 Jeep Compass 4x2 and 4x4 models are equipped with the standard six-speed manual transmission. This proven transmission features a 6.68 ratio spread and a 4.438 final-drive ratio for fuel efficiency at faster speeds. Thanks to its first-gear launch ratio of 18.4:1, the gearbox delivers quick acceleration with smooth, precise shift quality.

Six-speed automatic transmission

Available on Jeep Compass 4x2 models, the Gen III six-speed automatic transmission features a 6.635 ratio spread and a 3.502 final-drive ratio for a responsive, enjoyable drive.

Authentic Jeep design with premium features and open-air freedom

The all-new 2017 Jeep Compass features a premium, sculptural design aesthetic. The exterior design is expressive and emotional with a wide stance and exceptional glass-to-wheel proportions. The all-new compact SUV is immediately recognizable as a Jeep with its distinctive traditional Jeep design cues. Jeep designers gave the legendary seven-slot grille a fresh look by setting each of the individual chrome slots in a Gloss Black field. Headlamp bezels featuring a black outline add personality and attitude to the front of the all-new Jeep Compass.

The exterior of the 2017 Jeep Compass features a traditional clamshell hood with a double break line and center bulge.

A fast, dramatic roofline and muscular fenders and shoulders create a stunning profile. The available Gloss Black painted roof adds a unique, premium appearance in the compact SUV segment. An available dual-pane sunroof provides the largest opening possible, connecting Jeep drivers and passengers to the outdoors and open-air freedom.

A standout feature of the rear of the Compass is its unique LED tail lamps. Slim and rectangular in shape, the tail lamps flow into the liftgate for a commanding yet premium appearance instantly recognizable as a Jeep Compass on the road or trail.

For added consumer convenience, the 2017 Jeep Compass features a power liftgate helping ease cargo storage.

Upscale interior design boasts premium features and technology

The all-new 2017 Jeep Compass interior design showcases a premium interior highlighted by sculptural surface elements and precise technical detail.

The trapezoidal center stack bezel is a characteristic Jeep design cue and sports a color and finish that complements the interior choice. The center stack houses the 5.0-, 7.0- or 8.4-inch touchscreen displays. The center console neatly integrates the functional features of the Jeep Compass, including gear-shift selection, Selec-Terrain controls, electronic parking break, engine stop-start (ESS) controls, climate and volume control knobs, and easily accessible media charging and connectivity ports within the cubby bin.

The driver’s cockpit is thoughtfully designed and features a 3.5- or 7-inch LED driver information display (DID) instrument cluster. The available full-color 7-inch DID – the largest in the segment – displays information that the driver may configure for easier access while driving. The Jeep steering wheel with integrated audio, voice and speed controls enables drivers to keep their hands on the wheel and attention focused on the road ahead.

Clever and thoughtfully designed storage solutions are abound throughout the cabin, including a stylish mesh side pocket in the front passenger footwell that can hold a notebook or tablet device, and an inventive multi-level rear cargo floor.

Advanced technology that delivers thorough use of all-new infotainment systems

The all-new 2017 Jeep Compass offers four new Uconnect systems for North America (Uconnect 5.0, 7.0, 8.4 and 8.4NAV), delivering communication, entertainment and navigation features that drivers and passengers desire, including the segment’s largest full-color LED instrument cluster.

The new lineup includes easy-to-use features, enhanced processing power, faster startup times and touchscreens that display high-resolution graphics.

New Apple CarPlay and Android Auto features

The all-new 2017 Jeep Compass is equipped with the Uconnect 7.0, 8.4 or 8.4NAV systems and includes the new Apple CarPlay and Android Auto features.

Apple CarPlay

Seamlessly integrates an iPhone with the vehicle’s built-in display and controls in addition to featuring Siri Voice control. iPhone-equipped drivers can make phone calls, access music, send and receive messages, and receive voice-guided navigation optimized for traffic conditions and more, while staying focused on the road.

Android Auto

System shares useful information when driving and makes it easy to access the best of Google technology. Featuring Google Maps with free voice-guided navigation, live traffic information, lane guidance; on-demand access to 30 million songs with Google Play Music; plus the ability to place phone calls or send and receive messages while keeping hands on the wheel; and ask Google search any question. Android Auto also makes it easy to access popular apps and content from the Uconnect system’s touchscreen.

Drivers and passengers also have an abundance of infotainment features at their fingertips with SiriusXM Radio, Travel Link, Traffic and Guardian Connected Services that provide real-time information.

More than 70 available advanced safety and security features

Safety and security were paramount in the development of the all-new 2017 Jeep Compass, which offers more than 70 available active and passive safety and security features. Consumers can drive with confidence as Compass includes “safety cage” construction with more than 65 percent high-strength steel. Available features include Forward Collision Warning-Plus, LaneSense Departure Warning-Plus, Blind-spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path detection, ParkView rear backup camera with dynamic grid lines, electronic stability control (ESC) with electronic roll mitigation and seven standard air bags.