2021 Jeep Compass Arrives With New Engines

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The facelifted Compass is now built in Italy, too.

The Jeep Compass is one of the more affordable entry points into the Jeep brand, offering appealing looks that remind instantly of the bigger Grand Cherokee, and decent off-roading capability when specified in the Trailhawk trim. It's not perfect, though, as the 2.4-liter four-pot engine feels lackluster and we found the automatic transmission's shifts to be lethargic, too.

But now, the facelifted Compass range revealed in Europe could be set to change all that, as it introduces a new turbocharged engine and a dual-clutch automatic transmission which could be a sign of things to come for the US-spec Compass. These changes come after the announcement that the Euro-spec Compass will now be built in Italy, which will make for shorter lead times for customers in this region.

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The 1.3-liter turbocharged engine produces either 130 horsepower when mated to the six-speed manual gearbox, or 150 hp when paired with the six-speed Dual Dry Clutch transmission. Also offered in Europe is a 1.6-liter MultiJet II diesel engine with 120 hp. Although the 1.3L is less powerful than the naturally-aspirated 2.4L offered here, its increased torque output of 199 lb-ft should improve the drivability of the Compass.

There are also plug-in hybrid models, dubbed 4xe, which pairs an electric motor to either a 190-hp or 240-hp gas engine. This potent drivetrain would be an even better choice for the Compass sold in the US. Engines aside, the facelifted Compass also receives five new exterior colors, six new wheel designs, and a retuned steering system.

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The Italy-built Compass will be offered in five trim levels: Sport, Longitude, Night Eagle, Limited, and S. Only a few of these are shared with the 2020 Compass currently offered here. In-cabin tech also takes a step up, with new Uconnect Services, offering features that are accessible via a mobile app, a smartwatch, and more. My Car is a feature that enables customers to monitor and control the health status of their Jeep.

Forward collision warning and lane departure warning are standard features that currently cost extra on the 2020 US-spec Compass. With improved powertrains, enhanced infotainment, and more safety gear, the refreshed Compass is better than ever and will hit Euro showrooms in the second half of 2020. It bodes well for Jeep's baby SUV when the updated model reaches local shores.

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