Like every Jeep, the compact Compass SUV is highly capable off-road but it also gets attention with sharp styling, roomy seating, standard touchscreen, wide-spread safety tech and plenty of available options. The Compass was all-new for the 2017 model year and after several years on the road, it’s time for the mid-cycle update. The 2021 Jeep Compass should come with minimal styling and interior upgrades while there should be revisions in the equipment availability and updated tech features. The big news could be an introduction of the plug-in hybrid version.
Details about the next Jeep Compass are scarce and more attention is turned toward the upcoming, new-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee. However, as the reports indicate the refreshed Compass may come with the plug-in hybrid option as part of the brand’s broad electrification plan which promises every model in the lineup electrified by 2022.
The next version isn’t expected to come with the new-generation Uconnect infotainment system as the reports indicate.
2021 Jeep Compass: Design
From the visual standpoint, the Jeep Compass is a near-twin of the larger Grand Cherokee and there are no signs that would change with the arrival of the refreshed 2021 Jeep Compass.
The next Compass should come with minimal styling modifications. The model will go on sale with the sleek seven-port grille and angular headlights.
The profile of the model will remain the same with the trapezoidal fender flares and sharp character line. More visual interest will also add a contrasting roof paint job.
The off-road-specialized Trailhawk version will define itself with a more rugged appearance while the top-grade Limited model tries to get attention with the fancier approach.
The new model year should bring new color and wheel patterns.
The newest reports suggest that there won’t be notable upgrades inside the cabin of the next 2021 Jeep Compass. The model won’t likely come with the brand’s new-generation Uconnect system which should start appearing in the all-new or redesigned Jeep and Fiat Chrysler models.
The next Compass will continue to rely on the current responsive and easy-to-use Uconnect system which will be available in all versions. The base version will start with a 7-inch touchscreen with Apple Car Play and Android Auto support. The top-grades will switch to the larger 8.4-inch touchscreen interface.
The base model will also be available with active safety tech including active lane control, automatic emergency braking, automatic high beams, blind-spot monitoring, active parking assist, etc.
Skipping the base trim will bring an upgraded cloth upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, keyless entry and ignition and several package options.
The Trailhawk gets additional off-road goodies while the Limited version goes on sale with the leather upholstery, heated steering wheel and front seats and more.
2021 Jeep Compass: Powertrain
The refreshed 2021 Jeep Compass will continue to rely on the no-impressive 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder engine in the US while other markets will offer different options. The new model year may, however, bring the plug-in hybrid version.
The inline-4 engine makes 180 hp and torque of 175 lb-ft. Three transmission systems should again be available including 6-speed manual and automatic and 9-speed automatic. The all-wheel drive will be available on all versions and standard on the Trailhawk and Limited trims. The Trailhawk gets also a raised suspension, off-road tires, a Selec-Terrain system and more.
As for the plug-in hybrid version, the model should use a 1.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine combined with the electric motor powering the rear wheels. The system should deliver around 240 hp while the all-electric range is said to be 31 miles for the Euro-spec version.
The current version with the inline-4 engine manages up to 23 mpg city and 32 highways with the manual gearbox and front-wheel drive. The 6-speed automatic and four-wheel drive promises 22/31 mpg city/highway. The 9-speed automatic and four-wheel drive stand at 22/30 mpg city/highway.
2021 Jeep Compass: Release, Price
The refreshed 2021 Jeep Compass should hit the market late this year. The starting price should be from around $23, 000. The best-equipped Compass will cost around $32,000. The plug-in hybrid version will also be in the $30,000 range if it arrives for the 2021 model year.
The compact Jeep Compass is a more off-road-ready alternative to the Honda CR-V, Ford Escape and Subaru Forester.