Following a steady stream of spy photos as well as an accidental unveiling of the 2018 Compass by snoops in Brazil, Jeep has formally unveiled the 2018 Jeep Compass at a private event in the South American country.
Designed to formally replace both the Jeep Patriot and the current Jeep Compass (the two oldest models in FCA’s model lineup), this all new model aims to erase all the baggage that both models accumulated during their time in production. It all starts with the exterior styling that borrows plenty of cues from its big brother the Jeep Grand Cherokee. This includes a thinner grille that accents a taller front end as well as Grand Cherokee-esque tailights to truly drive home its family resemblance.
The trio of teaser images that Jeep released also confirmed that the 2018 Compass will be offered with a Trailhawk package. Like other versions of the Trailhawk, the Compass Trailhawk will feature reworked exterior styling elements as well as a beefed up off-road package that makes the Compass a highly capable trail buster.
The interior also benefits from its own share of updates, and transforms from being the laughing stock of the segment, into a clean and advanced looking place to spend time in. Again, it’s influence to the Grand Cherokee and its accommodations is striking, and the cabin’s better plastics and ergonomically friendly control layout will try to lure young buyers back into the Jeep fold.
Performance hardware for the 2018 Compass is expected to differ heavily from the Brazilian spec model that was unveiled. While FCA chose to remain silent on this topic, a seperate report suggests that the Compass will arrive with the choice of either a 2.0 liter Tiger Shark four cylinder engine or an optional 2.0 liter turbodiesel engine. U.S. versions will most likely arrive without the oil burner, and only come equipped with the 2.0 liter Tiger Shark. Transmission choices on the other hand will carryover with all flavors of Compass featuring either a six speed manual transmission, or the optional nine speed automatic.
The 2018 Jeep Compass will make its debut at the Sao Paulo Auto Show in Brazil with the U.S. model arriving shorty after in Los Angeles. Sales will then kick off in the first quarter of 2017 though there will be a period where the new model will be sold alongside its predecessor before it fully takes over dealer lots.