Jeep has officially revealed the facelifted Compass in the Chinese market, and the updated SUV is expected to be launched in India early next year but with more substantial changes. Recently, a camouflaged prototype of the upcoming Compass facelift was also spotted on test in India, confirming that Jeep is working on launching the updated car here too.
The Jeep Compass has been regarded as one of the most capable SUVs in its segment, however, hasn’t really been able to get a strong foothold in the Indian market. Globally, the car’s second-gen avatar first made its debut back in September 2016, which means that it was very well due for a mid-life makeover.
On the outside, the Jeep Compass facelift gets new and slimmer LED headlamps, a slightly redesigned front grille as well as updated front and rear bumpers. It also gets a new alloy wheel design, while the overall shape and size of the mid-size SUV remain unchanged.
However, the changes inside the cabin are much more drastic. It gets a completely redesigned cabin with piano black trim. A new centre console can be seen, and it houses a much larger UConnect 5 touchscreen infotainment system that comes with smartphone connectivity. The steering wheel is also completely new.
The Compass facelift also gets Level 2 autonomous driving system, which lends it driver aids like highway assist, traffic jam assists, traffic sign recognition, lane keep assist, active blind-spot assist, and driver attention alert. However, these features are not expected to be brought to the India-spec Jeep Compass facelift.
The Compass facelift is likely to retain its 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder diesel as well as 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine in the Indian market. While the former is rated at 173 PS/350 Nm, the petrol engine puts out 162 PS power and 250 Nm torque.