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2018 Jeep Compass: spied, no camo!

by David Zatz on

Brazil’s Autoo spotted the 2018 Jeep Compass with no camouflage at all yesterday. The new car is essentially a continuation of the current Compass in concept — a tough-bodied light-weight compact crossover with one version that is engineered for off-roading and others that are suitable for rain, snow, and dirt roads, all in a Jeep Grand Cherokee-style skin.

2018 jeep compass

The Compass is essentially a differently styled Jeep Renegade, as far as we can tell; it will start production in Brazil, and is planned for Mexico, China, and likely Italian production as well.  It is to have a new “GME” (Global Medium Engine), possibly with the first American turbocharged 2-liter “Hurricane” engines. Outside the US, there will be a Fiat diesel; within the US, the 2.4 is possible. A nine-speed transmission is almost certain.


The Compass itself appears to have had development and testing mainly in Brazil, where it was dubbed Project 551.  Thanks to Gustavo Henrique Ruffo of Motorchase, which picked up the story early, Deckard Cane, who flagged the original story, and Gerald Michael.


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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