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Compass confusion

by David Zatz on

The US/Canadian specification Jeep Compass was unveiled today, amid some confusion.

Is the nine speed automatic standard on all AWD cars, or is the manual transmission available? What are the gear ratios for the two six speeds? Is it a 2017 or a 2018, given that the Brazilian Compass is a 2018 and the 2017 Compass is already being sold on the prior generation? Why was the approach angle reported so differently in the USA and Brazilian versions? (Was 16.8° supposed to be 26.8°?)

One must wonder why the dimensions are so different between the US and Brazil Compass… and why the Trailhawk adds 300 pounds to the Latitude AWD.

2018 Jeep Compass

There are also some questions, such as why only the Trailhawk has skid plates. Is this intentional?

Regardless, the base model is surprisingly well equipped, and should sell better than the current base Compass. The sole engine in the US is a 2.4 liter four, while the past Compass started with a 2.0; we believe a turbocharged Hurricane engine will show up sometime in the next four years. The Renegade’s five-inch touch-screen is just the starter radio in the Compass, which goes up to 8.4” (or, if you believe some of the press release, 8.5”).

As far as we can tell, the color scheme varies by model, an oddly inflexible setup. Paints also vary by model, but it seems that every version has a lot of choices; only Pearl White Tri-Coat and Rhino Clear Coat are limited to Limited (and, for Rhino, Trailhawk).

So far, the 2018 Jeep Compass looks like it will be a good seller — or is it the 2017 Jeep Compass II? Only Jeep knows for sure.

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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