The feature rolls out on the 2022 Compass.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto have revolutionized in-car voice command, allowing drivers to have the latest smartphone technology in their dashboard without opting for expensive packages. Amazon is the latest player to enter the automotive space, bringing its popular Alexa voice assistant into the vehicle experience. Fiat Chrysler will leverage this technology on upcoming models like the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer, but not before it arrives on the facelifted 2022 Jeep Compass.
As a reminder, Jeep's compact crossover recently received a refresh in markets outside of the United States. The US-spec Compass should receive these updates, most of which are cabin improvements, sometime later in 2021. Built-in Amazon Alexa Voice Service is one of many new features present on the improved Compass.
This feature debuted on the Fiat 500 earlier this year, but this is the first time we've seen it in a US-bound model. Using Jeep's Uconnect Services with Ubigi cellular connectivity, drivers can ask Alexa to perform any task it might handle on a home Echo device. Available prompts include playing a particular song or artist, hearing the news, checking the weather or sports score, finding a destination, or controlling smart home devices remotely. Since this technology uses Amazon's stellar voice recognition, it will respond to natural speech, not a list of specific prompts.
Nothing is more distracting than waiting for an infotainment system to respond, which is why Jeep uses a Ubigi 4G eSIM connection. In addition to giving Alexa rapid response times, the Compass includes a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot with connectivity for up to eight devices. The system will not control car functions like the climate or drive modes, but that ability will come with Alexa Custom Assistant, which FCA signed up to use earlier this year.
2022 Compass buyers receive a 1 GB free trial over 3 months with no commitment in selected markets, including Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Spain, UK, and Ireland. The US is notably absent from this list, but we expect FCA (now Stellantis) vehicles to implement this technology soon. In the meantime, the 2022 Acura MDX currently implements similar Alexa integration, and we found it to work better than any in-car voice command we've ever tested.