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It’s here! The US-spec 2018 Jeep Compass

by David Zatz on

The 2018 Jeep Compass first debuted in Brazil, with a 2.0 liter Tigershark gasoline engine and a Fiat diesel. Now, in the United States and Canada, the sole engine will be a 2.4 liter Tigershark four, hooked up to one of three transmissions: a manual, six-speed Aisin automatic, or the nine-speed automatic.

2018 Jeep Compass

Sporting both front and all wheel drive, the Compass comes remarkably well equipped, with every model having USB ports, trip computer, 5-inch-to-8.4-inch touch screen, controls on the steering wheel, tilt/telescope steering column, and other amenities — but not LED tail-lamps, which seem to be limited to the top models. The fog/cornering lamps shown start at the Latitude level.

There are few surprises in the all wheel drive system, which is similar to that of the Jeep Renegade, and relies on a wet clutch which can distribute nearly all of the power to the rear wheels if needed. Peak torque is 175 lb-ft at 3,900 rpm, with peak power at 6,400 rpm. It’s unclear which cars get which transmissions, but the Trailhawk is nine-speed-only, and also the only clearly off-road-ready Compass: it is the only one with skid plates. Period.

Safety amenities abound, with every system in the Chrysler 300C or Chrysler Pacifica available, and even base models getting electronic braking aids, an electric parking brake (to assure firm engagement), and dual-row side curtain airbags.

The company hasn’t issued pricing information yet, but it is almost certain to fall between the current Renegade ($18,000) and Cherokee ($23,600). The Compass is 2.6 inches longer than the Renegade, and much better equipped. We have full details, including dimensions, clearance angles, weight, and more photos, on our 2018 Jeep Compass page (click here).

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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