Jeep made a splash literally at the Los Angeles Auto Show Thursday with the North American debut of the all-new 2017 Jeep Compass.
The 2017 Compass replaces the first-generation model and also the Patriot. And this time Jeep did it right. It looks more like an actual Jeep model this time around and takes more cues from the Grand Cherokee and Cherokee. The front end features a thin rendition of Jeep’s signature seven-slot grille. The crossover will also offer an optional dual-pane sunroof.
There are for trim levels: Sport, Latitude, Limited and Trailhawk. The Trailhawk, which is built on the same platform as the Renegade, is billed as the off-roading member of the family. It has 17-inch off-road tires and there’s an inch more ground clearance. Jeep also made a point to explain it can ford water up to 19 inches deep.
There are a handful of engines offered globally, but the U.S. just gets one: a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 180-horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque. There are more transmission options though: drivers can choose a nine-speed, and six-speed automatic and six-speed manual.
Fuel economy is an estimated 30 miles a gallon thanks to start-stop technology.
It’s also worth noting Jeep upped the technology game this go round. There are four Uconnect systems to choose from and a few different touchscreen sizes,
Jeep went all out on safety features, too. A “safety cage” was built with more than 65 percent high-strength steel. Available safety features include Forward Collision Warning-Plus, LaneSense Departure Warning-Plus, Blind-spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path detection, ParkView rear backup camera with dynamic grid lines, electronic stability control with electronic roll mitigation and seven standard air bags.
It’s due in dealerships next year.