Changes to the Jeep Compass facelift’s exterior and interior design are extremely subtle. Under the hood though, it gets an all-new 1.3-litre turbo petrol motor in place of the current 1.4-litre engine.
After a long wait, Jeep has finally given the Compass a much-needed mid-lift facelift. Expected to be launched in India in early 2021, the facelift has a few barely noticeable changes. In terms of exterior design, the seven-slat front grille now gets a revised mesh background and a revised headlight. The US-model that was unveiled now comes with six alloy wheel design options, ranging from 16-inch to 19-inch. Interior details also remain largely unchanged – the overall layout of the dashboard is still quite similar to the pre-facelift model. The most easily noticeable change is the new 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system that works with the Uconnect 5 OS. This new system gets wireless Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and even Amazon Alexa. Jeep claims that the new hardware is up to 5 times faster and more intuitive than before. Interestingly, the Uconnect 5 system also allows users to pair two phones with it simultaneously.
The biggest change to the refreshed Compass is under the hood though. The old 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol motor has now been replaced by a new 1.3-litre turbo petrol unit. This motor is good for 128bhp and 148bhp with the manual transmission and the dual-clutch automatic, respectively. Torque rating stands at 270Nm – 40Nm more than the outgoing 1.4 turbo petrol. In the international market, the Compass is also offered with a 1.6-litre diesel motor, but here in India, the face-lift is likely to continue with the 2.0-litre diesel that we have already experienced. Other changes to the Compass include a lighter steering wheel for the ease of driving in the city and a retuned suspension setup for improved body control.
When launched, the updated Jeep Compass will continue to compete with the likes of the Tata Harrier and Hyundai Tucson.