The second-generation Jeep Compass, which the automaker qualifies as a compact-sized vehicle, made its debut at the ongoing Los Angeles Auto Show 2016.

Although built on a new platform, it has the same wheelbase as the outgoing model while length has gone down from 4,448mm to 4,394mm, but it is larger by about 60mm, giving more shoulder and hip room.

It’s powered by a 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine that generates 180hp and 237Nm peak torque, mated to either a six-speed manual transmission in base trims or a nine-speed automatic in 4×4 variants.

Front-drive versions of the Compass will offer either the manual gearbox or a six-speed automatic, while fuel consumption is estimated at up to 7.8L/100km.

The Car Guide reported that two four-wheel drivetrains will be available in the Compass – the Jeep Active Drive system which features a disconnecting rear axle for improved fuel economy as well as the Jeep Selec-Terrain system with four drive modes (Auto, Snow, Sand, Mud)

The Jeep Active Drive Low will equip the Compass Trailhawk, and includes a 20:1 crawl ratio in addition to a fifth drive mode called Rock.

Both systems can send up to 100% of available power to any one wheel.

The Compass Trailhawk also features an increased ride height, skid plates, red-painted tow hooks, unique front and rear fascias, hill descent control and 17-inch off-road tyres.

A Uconnect 5.0 infotainment system is standard, while the optional Uconnect 8.4 and 8.4 NAV integrate Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and other available features include a panoramic sunroof and a power tailgate.

The 2017 Jeep Compass will be built in four countries — Mexico, Brazil, China and India — for sale around the world.


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