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2023 Jeep® Compass (MP) Will Get New Standard Turbo Powertrain For North America!

GME-T4 Turbo Will Be Standard In The 2023 Model Year...

With its revised exterior and restyled interior layout, the 2022 Jeep® Compass (MP) has been on a high streak in 2022 with a boost in sales in the North American market. At the halfway point of the year for sales, the revised Compass saw a growth of 36% in the U.S. and 27% in Canada over the same time in 2021.

2022 Jeep Compass front 3/4 view
2022 Jeep® Compass Trailhawk 4×4. (MoparInsiders).

But even with handsome new looks, one thing has continuously been a let down since the current model’s launch in 2017: the 2.4-liter Tigershark inline-four-cylinder engine. As our Co-Editor, Jared Balfour recently explained in his review of the 2022 Compass Trailhawk, the Tigershark “just doesn’t have the power or refinement to compete in today’s market.”

Turbocharged 2.0-liter (GME-T4) inline-four-cylinder engine. (Jeep).

But that is about to change in 2023, as Jeep will give the Compass the powertrain it truly deserves. Thanks to an updated 2023 fleet guide from FCA US, LLC, the 2023 model will receive the turbocharged 2.0-liter (GME-T4) inline-four cylinder engine. The GME-T4 is from the Stellantis Global Medium Engine family and features dual overhead cams (DOHC), direct injection (DI), and engine stop/start (ESS) technology.

Screenshot of the 2023 Jeep® Compass (MP) fleet guide confirming the new engine. (Stellantis).

The new engine should put the Compass on par with its new C-UV corporate siblings, the all-new Alfa Romeo Tonale and Dodge Hornet, as both of those models will be launched with the same motor. While horsepower ratings have not been released yet, the Tonale is rated at 256 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque, while the more performance-driven Hornet will be rated at least 265 horsepower but the same torque rating.

2022 Jeep Compass interior
2022 Jeep® Compass Trailhawk 4×4. (MoparInsiders).

Both the Tonale and Hornet, come standard with all-wheel drive (AWD) for 2023, and the Compass will be no different from the popular C-segment offerings as it will ditch all of its front-wheel drive (FWD) offerings in favor of standard four-wheel drive (4×4).

2022 Jeep Compass interior
2022 Jeep® Compass Trailhawk 4×4. (MoparInsiders).

But the biggest shocker we have learned from the fleet guide is that, unlike the Tonale or Hornet, is that the Compass will get a new 8-speed automatic transmission. Both the Tonale and Hornet feature a ZF-based 9-speed automatic built by Stellantis, however, unless the fleet guide has multiple misprints, the Compass will carry an 8-speed.

2022 Jeep Compass interior
2022 Jeep® Compass Trailhawk 4×4. (MoparInsiders).

All 2023 Jeep Compass models will include the following equipment…

  • 4×4 Drive System for All Models
  • 2.0L I-4 DOHC Direct Injection (DI) Turbo Engine
  • 8-Speed Automatic Transmission
  • 17-Inch, 18-Inch, or 19-Inch Wheels
  • LED Reflector Headlamps on All Models
  • Uconnect® 5 with 10.1-inch Touchscreen Display (GPS Navigation – Available)
  • SiriusXM GuardianTM Services including 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot, SOS Button, and One-Year Trial
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Hands-Free Phone and Audio
  • High-Mounted Center Console with Increased Storage Space
  • Two 4×4 Systems: Jeep Active Drive and Jeep Active Drive Low with Hill Descent Control
  • Selec-Terrain® Traction Management System with Up To Five Modes
  • Air-Bags – Seven Including Full-Length Side and Driver’s Knee Bolster
  • Active Lane Management System
  • Blind-Spot Monitoring (BSM) and Rear Cross-Path Detection System
  • Drowsy-Driver Detection 
  • Full-Speed Forward Collision Warning with Active Braking
  • ParkView® Rear Backup Camera
  • Pedestrian/Cyclist Detection with Emergency Braking
2022 Jeep Compass interior
2022 Jeep® Compass Trailhawk 4×4. (MoparInsiders).

Optional equipment includes…

  • TomTom® Connected Traffic and Travel Services (Available)
  • Dual-Pane Panoramic Power Sunroof (Available)
  • LED Projector Headlamps, Fog Lamps, and Taillamps (Available)
  • Hands-Free Power Liftgate with Foot-Activated Open ‘N Go (Available)
  • Wireless Charging Pad (Available)
  • 10.25-Inch, All-Digital, Full-Color Driver Information Display (Available)
  • Heated Front Seats (Available) 
  • Ventilated Front Seats (Available)
  • Universal Garage Door Opener (Available)
  • Premium Alpine® Speaker System (Available)
  • 360° Surround-View Camera System (Available)
  • Highway Assist System (Available)
  • Parallel/Perpendicular Park/Unpark Assist System (Available)
  • ParkSense® Front/Rear Park Assist System (Available)
  • Traffic Sign Recognition (Available)
2022 Jeep Compass rear side view
2022 Jeep® Compass Trailhawk 4×4. (MoparInsiders).

The 2023 Jeep Compass will be available in five trims, which include Sport, Latitude, Latitude LUX, Trailhawk, and Limited.

Customers will also be able to choose from 7 different exterior colors, including Diamond Black, Granite Crystal, Sting-Gray, Billet Silver, Laser Blue, Redline, and Bright White.

2022 Jeep Compass badge
2022 Jeep® Compass Trailhawk 4×4. (MoparInsiders).

While we aren’t sure when Jeep will announce its new 2023 Compass, Donlen fleet management confirms that the 2023 Jeep Compass will begin production at the Toluca Assembly Plant in Mexico on Monday, November 14th, 2022. Ordering is expected to start in October.

 

Robert S. Miller

Robert S. Miller is a diehard Mopar enthusiast who lives and breathes all that is Mopar. The Michigander is not only a Co-Editor for MoparInsiders.com, 5thGenRams.com, and HDRams.com but an automotive photographer. He is an avid fan of offshore powerboat racing, which he travels the country to take part in.

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I've been saying this for a couple of weeks on these threads. My guess for the transmission is that it will be a Mexican built Aisin unit. Look at what the legacy PSA products use in Europe.(Those units are Euro built, but I still expect Mexican built ones for logistics sake.) If one looks at the fleet brochure closely the Compass transmission uses a different product code than that of the 9-speed.

BTW, did you notice the option and trim phase out in the Cherokee? Good bye V6.

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I've been saying this for a couple of weeks on these threads. My guess for the transmission is that it will be a Mexican built Aisin unit. Look at what the legacy PSA products use in Europe.(Those units are Euro built, but I still expect Mexican built ones for logistics sake.) If one looks at the fleet brochure closely the Compass transmission uses a different product code than that of the 9-speed.

BTW, did you notice the option and trim phase out in the Cherokee? Good bye V6.

2023 KL is 2L only?

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They have brought back the Tigershark for the KL. This is found in the fleet brochure, the 2.4 may not reflect the retail picture. I can't help but remember the last year of the Dodge Journey.

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That is strong engine for that vehicle quite a upgrade, I expected the 1.5 instead.

is the Tonale and Hornet getting the Multi-Air unit or the DOHC unit. I haven't looked.

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