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2018 Jeep Compass rumor roundup

by David Zatz on

Reliable sources have said that the 2018 Jeep Compass (assuming the name is kept) will sit on a stretched Renegade platform, making it larger than the Renegade but still not as long or wide as the Cherokee. It will, sources have said for well over a year, look like a smaller Jeep Grand Cherokee.


On June 5, oh2o wrote that it would differ from the current Compass by also having Grand Cherokee styling inside.  He said that the dashboard was similar, though with the JGC’s round vents replaced by uprights on each side of the stereo, given the reduced dashboard width. The shifter is on a flat area of the console, instead of being angled up towards the radio; and there’s no brake lever, because, like the Renegade and Cherokee, it has an electric parking brake.

Of note, he also wrote that the Compass will have an 8.4” touch screen stereo option. The Renegade tops out at five inches.  A seven-inch trip computer display will be optional.

The debut will be in 2017, after production of the current Jeep Compass has ended; it will be made in Mexico, Brazil, and China, with the Chinese plant producing for domestic use only.


The name is apparently still not solid. Some believe it may take the Wagoneer name to match the upscale interior; others believe it will continue the Compass name. The Grand Wagoneer, either way, will likely be Grand Cherokee-based, like the Durango. RedRiderBob contributed to this report.


David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304

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