2017 Jeep Compass Unveiled: On sale next spring

By Bob Nagy on September 27, 2016 4:15 PM

The wraps have finally come off the new 2017 Jeep Compass during a global reveal held at FCA’s Jeep Assembly Plant in Goiana, Pernambuco, Brazil, where initial production will take place. This single de facto replacement for the aging Jeep Compass and Patriot models is an all-new all-roader that will ultimately be sold in over 100 global markets, including America. Set for its full reveal in U.S. trim at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November, the new Compass will slot between the Renegade and the Cherokee. Jeep says it will be the most capable compact SUV it’s ever created and also possess best-in-class 4x4 off-road skills.

While details are limited at this point, we do know the 2017 Compass is based on a stretched version of the same Small Wide platform architecture that currently underpins the Fiat 500X and Jeep Renegade, and will be available in front- and all-wheel drive configurations. According to Jeep, the new Compass will offer no fewer than 17 different fuel-efficient powertrains, although it won’t say which we’ll see here until the Los Angeles intro. Best guesses at the moment include the coming Hurricane 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder and/or the existing 2.4-liter naturally aspirated Tigershark engine paired with FCA’s 9-speed automatic. The 2017 Jeep Compass also promises “superior on-road driving dynamics” and a bounty of advanced safety and tech touches. In addition to its standard model lineup, these first teaser photos indicate the new Jeep Compass also will be available in dedicated Trailhawk configuration.

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