FIRST LOOK: 2018 Jeep Compass – raising the low bar

AUBURN HILLS, MICH. –– In celebration of the start of production at Fiat Chrysler America’s Jeep® Assembly Plant in Goiana, Pernambuco, Brazil, Jeep introduced the all-new 2018 Jeep Compass this week in that South American nation.

The latest small Jeep, slotting just ahead of the Italian-built Renegade, will be produced with 17 fuel-efficient powertrain options for consumers in more than 100 countries around the world, the company said in a news release.

Jeep’s all-new-for 2018 Compass combines the brand’s noted off-road capability, fuel-efficient powertrains, familiar Jeep design elements and a number of safety and technological features.

The new Jeep Compass will be available in North America in the first quarter of 2017. Additional images and information will be available at the vehicle’s North American debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November.

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  1. I read through an overview Motortrend did the other day based on the press materials available. From what I can tell. It is going to be less like the Patriot or Compass of old, and more like the actually pretty capable Renegade. It doesn’t look half bad either, and doesn’t suffer from the stupid GM air daming that makes their trucks useless off-road.

    My girlfriend wants a 4X4 and is willing to get an SUV because small AWD compacts are expensive and hard to find. She likes the Renegade but finds the trunk space limiting. If the new Compass can offer better storage at a similar price to the Renegade for a Trail Hawk trim, she will be happy.

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    1. I’m sure it’ll be a better car, but I’m not thrilled at the more car-like direction FCA is taking Jeep, as well as the more rounded styling. I had a chance last year, though, to test drive a Renegade, and I must say, it was a very nice little ‘ute.

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      1. I test drove a Renegade briefly before getting a Wrangler. I was appeasing my girlfriend who though the Jeep was going to be huge and too truck like. We took a test drive and I have to say for a little car, I was pretty impressed with it. It had okay ground clearance, an actual 4×4 system, even if the one I test drove didn’t have a 2-speed transfer case. As it turns out when we test drove the JKU she was surprise by how small it was and more than happy with the size.

        Now she wants a 4×4 (or at least something with AWD) and is willing to consider an SUV. We live in South-West Wisconsin along the Mississippi. After last winter, when she went in the ditch, again, she decided power to all four wheels was a must. I think a Renegade or Compass would be perfect for her, but I think she’ll probably go for a Subaru, she’s not much of an off-roader and we have the Wrangler.

        BTW: Thanks for following. It looks like you followed a dummy site. If you are interested in following my travels and tribulations my blog can be found at adventurebent.com cheers.

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