The Jeep Compass is coming to Europe. Actually, it was already here, but the new Euro-spec 2021 model is now built here as well. FCA’s plant in Melfi, Italy will be churning out the Compass in five trim levels, and it’s also fitted with a host of tweaks, upgrades, and a new engine. Later in the year there will also be the 4xe plug-in hybrid version.
Let’s talk about that new engine. The 2021 Compass for European markets gets a new turbocharged 1.3-litre four-cylinder that's said to be 30 percent more frugal on fuel than the previous model. For the majority of the range it will make 130 bhp (97 kilowatts), driving either the front wheels or all four. Five Compass models will be offered – Sport, Longitude, Mighty Eagle, Limited, and S – but the S model gets a retuned version of the tiny mill that makes 150 bhp (112 kW).
Regardless of the trim level, Jeep buyers can now choose between a six-speed manual transmission or a new dry dual-clutch transmission for either front-wheel or all-wheel-drive models, provided you stick with the petrol engine. A 1.6-litre diesel is also offered, making 120 bhp (85 kW) and 236 pound-feet (320 Newton-metres) of torque. It’s only available on models with a six-speed manual transmission turning just the front wheels.
Lastly, the plug-in hybrid 4xe will be offered in the second half of the year. It uses the 1.3-litre petrol engine with an electric motor to generate either 190 or 240 bhp (142 or 179 kW), and it will only be offered in four-wheel-drive trim.
Gallery: Jeep Compass 2021 (Europe)
Inside the new Compass, driver and passengers are greeted with the automaker’s Uconnect system which is now available. It adds a range of services such as My Car and My Remote, which allows remote monitoring and locking/unlocking of the vehicle. Advanced driver-assist systems such as forward collision and lane departure warning systems are standard equipment across the lineup. Blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, parking assist, and cross-traffic alert are optional. Other changes include six new wheel options, five new exterior colours, and a redesigned tonneau cover to give the model a fresh look versus previous editions.
Pricing hasn’t been announced yet and no word yet on UK availability. Front-wheel-drive models should reach European mainland dealerships this month, with four-wheel-drive and 4xe variants arriving later this year.
More technology and connectivity for the new Jeep® Compass ‘made in Europe’
- Built in Italy for the European market, the new Jeep® Compass delivers more technological content, connectivity and efficiency.
- The new model debuts a new 1.3-litre turbo petrol engine with two power outputs (130 hp or 150 hp), which maximizes fuel-efficiency, ensures lower CO2 emissions and outstanding performance both on- and off-road.
- For the first time, Compass also features a front-wheel drive configuration mated to an automatic Dual Dry Clutch Transmission (DDCT) and a new ‘Sport’ driving mode.
- Uconnect Services for advanced on-board and off-board connectivity are new to the Jeep Compass, and become part of the standard configuration starting from Longitude trim.
- Six new wheels, five new exterior colors, a re-designed tonneau cover and further product improvements give a refreshed character and look to the Jeep Compass.
- The new Jeep Compass built in Melfi benefits from shorter lead times and more build-to-order opportunities for European dealers and customers, therefore maximizing its commercial flexibility.
Freedom is and has always been a core value for the Jeep® brand, and one especially prized at a time when circumstances have forced everyone into lockdown, to protect the common good. But thanks to the connectivity offered by new technologies, an authentic Jeep experience is possible even before jumping on board. This is one of the brand's contributions to the recovery and finds its expression in the launch on the market of the new Jeep Compass, built in Europe at the FCA plant in Melfi in Southern Italy to serve Italian and European customers.
As a full expression of the “Go Anywhere, Do Anything” spirit of the Jeep brand, the new Compass now features new infotainment and propulsion technologies to ensure and enhance driver and passenger freedom.
With the start of production in Italy, the Jeep brand will guarantee shorter delivery times from the factory - approximately three weeks - while offering a model fine-tuned for European customers’ expectations and European roads, packed with advanced user-friendly technologies that ensure a more efficient, comfortable and connected everyday driving experience.
The growing success of the model, initially produced for Europe at FCA Toluca plant in Mexico, made it possible to bring production, including that of the new 4xe version featuring plug-in hybrid electric technology, directly to Italy. This marks a further step in the implementation of FCA’s 5 billion Euro investment plan for Italy, and in the brand’s continuous evolution, while also highlighting both the technological innovation and excellence of the Italian factory, one of the most innovative in the world.
The Jeep Compass produced at the FCA Melfi Plant is powered by a new 1.3-litre petrol engine delivering 130 hp or 150 hp, ensuring customers a smooth and comfortable driving experience, or alternatively by an updated version of the 120 hp 1.6-litre MultiJet II diesel engine with SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction). New features include the new Uconnect Services for improved on-board and off-board connectivity, new styling cues such as six different wheel designs (one specific for each trim and exclusive 19-inch Gloss Black wheels for the Night Eagle model) and a new color palette with five new exterior paints: Ivory Tri-Coat, Colorado Red, Blue Italia, Blue Shade and Techno Green Metallic – all of which can be offered in combination with a black roof. The new tonneau cover is also available on all versions.
With a view to the continuous improvement of the Jeep line-up, the dynamic characteristics of Compass have been further refined, bringing it even more in line with the expectations of European customers. Handling of the Compass made in Melfi is enhanced thanks to the new tuning of the steering system, aimed at improving its lightness and progressiveness, and targeted interventions on the suspension system. These include the addition of shock absorbers with FSD (Frequency Selective Damping) valves, to limit movements in the vehicle’s body, without affecting comfort in tackling rough roads. The new Compass offers more precision when cornering at high speed, ensuring less roll and pitch, and more braking stability. Most of all, the driver experiences a more flexible and precise on-road behavior, especially noticeable on meandering routes.
The Jeep Compass made in Melfi offers a full line-up of five trim levels – Sport, Longitude, Night Eagle, Limited and S (depending on the market) – all powered by efficient turbo petrol and diesel engines paired with front-wheel-drive configuration (the four-wheel drive versions will be available in the second half of this year in combination with 4xe technology). The new Compass arrives in Jeep showrooms across Europe starting from this month.
Produced in Mexico, Brazil, China, India and now also in Italy, the Jeep Compass – also supported by the soon-to-be launched 4xe electrified version – is truly a global model. It boasts a very special bond with the EMEA region and above all with Europe. When launched here in 2017, it was the first Jeep model designed specifically for European roads. This laid solid foundations for the success of Jeep Compass: the best-selling Jeep model worldwide in 2019 and driver with Renegade of the Brand’s commercial performance in Europe, where it accounted for 40% of the annual sales volumes.
New 1.3-litre turbo petrol engine
The new four-cylinder 1.3-litre turbo petrol engine powering the Jeep Compass made at the FCA plant in Melfi, in the Italian region of Basilicata, is part of the new FCA Global Small Engine family, launched in mid-2018 on the Jeep Renegade.
This engine is based on a modular structure and is available on Jeep Compass in a four-cylinder configuration with two power outputs: 130 hp when paired with a six-speed manual transmission and 150 hp when mated to a six-speed Dual Dry Clutch Transmission (DDCT) – both with front-wheel drive. This is the first application of an automatic transmission in combination with front-wheel drive on Compass, and will make it more accessible to new customers in the C-SUV segment (sales of 4x2 automatics currently account for 28% of the market in Europe). The new 1-3-litre petrol engine complies with Euro 6D Final standards and features a GPF filter (Gasoline Particulate Filter).
The new 1.3-litre turbo petrol engine is designed to offer outstanding performance both on- and off-road, while delivering excellent driving comfort. For Compass, the 1.3-litre petrol engine has been updated with specific turbo-matching, which maximizes the engine response at low engine speed and reduces CO2 emissions by up to 27%. The new engine also optimizes fuel consumption by up to 30% (WLTP cycle) compared to the previous petrol 4x4 versions with automatic transmission.
Jeep Compass, in combination with the new 1.3-litre turbo petrol engine and DDCT automatic transmission, also features for the first time a ‘Sport’ driving mode that can be selected with the push of a button in the center console. This dynamic driving mode adds even more fun to the daily urban drives, by tightening up the steering, sharpening the throttle response and adjusting the transmission's behavior through higher upshifts for full horsepower and torque delivery. In addition, in Sport mode, the ’sailing‘ function is blocked and the ’fast-off‘ mode is activated. When the accelerator is released, this prevents switching to a higher gear, to maximize the engine brake and optimize responsiveness in the next acceleration.
The Global Small Engine family was developed by the FCA Group to deliver a new petrol engine offering characterized by good fuel efficiency and performance in a wide range of applications. The basic structure guarantees efficiency, modularity and a considerable degree of standardization in terms of components and manufacturing process, flexibility and potential for future development. These engines are made entirely of aluminum for lightness (weights start from 110 kilograms for the four-cylinder turbo engine). The crankcase, developed in partnership with Teksid, is made of high-pressure die-cast aluminum alloy. After studying various crankcase designs, a bedplate architecture was chosen, as it offers the best balance of weight, structural performance, noise, and vibrations. All turbo versions in the Global Small Engine family feature the third generation of the exclusive MultiAir technology, which improves combustion efficiency by adjusting valve lift and timing, and further optimizes independent intake valve opening and closing.
The new 130 hp 1.3-litre turbo petrol engine with manual transmission is available on the Sport, Longitude, Night Eagle and Limited trims, while the 150 hp version with DDCT is offered also on the S trim level. Peak torque on both versions is equal to 270 Nm (up to 40 Nm more than the previous 1.4-litre petrol engine). Both engines are available with front-wheel drive.
The Compass engine offer is completed by a 1.6-litre diesel MultiJet II with 120 hp, 320 Nm, manual gearbox, and SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) available in combination with front-wheel drive.
4xe models (those featuring plug-in hybrid electric technology) will be available with an electric motor mated to a choice of either the 190 hp and 240 hp version of the 1.3-litre Global Small Engine. These will arrive in European showrooms in the second half of this year. Both these 4xe versions will be four-wheel drive only.
New UconnectTM Services for advanced on-board and off-board connectivity
The Jeep Compass produced in Melfi features state-of-the-art connectivity in order to meet the needs of its demanding customers. First introduced in the Jeep line-up with the 2020 Renegade, the new Uconnect Services feature an array of functionalities, which are accessible through various touchpoints, including the My Uconnect mobile app, smartwatch, website, buttons on the ceiling light and radio. Available from commercial launch on Compass, the new Uconnect Services are fitted as standard on both the 7 and 8.4-inch infotainment systems and on all trims from the Longitude upwards, to offer advanced on-board and off-board connectivity and useful services for enhanced safety and comfort.
Uconnect Services are divided into several packages. Available as a basic service, My Assistant is activated from plant, and offers emergency services in case of crash, roadside assistance services including the vehicle’s recovery and vehicle health reports. My Car, My Remote, My Navigation (on Uconnect 8.4” navigation only) packages are offered as standard services included in the vehicle price and need to be activated by the customer.
My Car allows the driver to control the health status and the parameters of the car. My Remote offers the possibility to lock/unlock doors, flash the lights, find the vehicle, control some parameters such as speed and area and receive a notification if they are not respected. My Navigation (on Uconnect 8.4” navigation only) includes Send & Go service, which gives the customer the possibility to send the destination on his/her navigation system directly from his/her smartphone or from the web portal, receive real-time alerts on traffic, weather and speed cameras and to search Points of Interest.
The soon-to-be launched 4xe models will also include specific features to assist electric driving. Customers can monitor the battery charge level directly from the My Uconnect mobile app, schedule charging and air conditioning, and view the nearest charging stations on the My Uconnect mobile app and Uconnect 8.4" navigation when the battery is low.
The Uconnect Services offering is complemented by Optional services, which can be purchased on the Connectivity website. These services include the My Wi-Fi, My Theft Assistance and My Fleet Manager packages. Some of the new Uconnect Services are available on the Jeep Compass produced in Melfi at launch, while others will be integrated at a later stage this year.
Advanced safety features
Driver and passenger safety were paramount in the development of Jeep Compass, which offers a full array of active and passive safety and security features for everyday driving, including Forward Collision Warning and LaneSense Departure Warning, both offered as standard across the whole range, alongside Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with Electronic Roll Mitigation (ERM), and front, side and curtain airbags. Available safety features include Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path Detection, Adaptive Cruise Control, ParkView rear backup camera with dynamic grid lines, and Automated Parallel and Perpendicular Park assist.
FCA Bank’s financing solutions for the new Compass
FCA Bank, the captive bank of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Crédit Agricole Consumer Finance, supports the sales of Jeep vehicles by providing a broad range of financing solutions to help customers to purchase or lease their Jeep Compass. Anybody who wishes to drive the new Jeep Compass made in Melfi can opt for one of the following products:
Instalment Loan: Traditional financing that allows the buyer to pay for the vehicle over an extended period of time; Leasing and PCP (Personal Contract Purchase): Highly flexible solutions with low monthly payments and the possibility to choose, on the contract expiration date, whether to return, keep or replace the car with a new one; Private Lease: A solution for drivers who do not want to own the vehicle, with the ensuing costs and uncertainties, involving a single monthly payment inclusive of the main insurance, assistance and infomobility services for a peace-of-mind experience. All of FCA Bank’s solutions are intended not only for individuals but also for companies and independent professionals. In addition, Leasys, a subsidiary of FCA Bank, is offering long-term car rental solutions for a totally relaxed driving experience. Moreover, FCA Bank provides a broad range of insurance products in combination with the financing contract, for both personal protection - such as Prestito Protetto, which ensures the repayment of part of the loan in case of sudden and unpredictable occurrences such as a job loss - and car protection. These financing and insurance solutions are available in most European countries where the companies of the FCA Bank Group operate. All the structures are extremely flexible, to meet local requirements in full.