Could We See The Next-Gen Jeep® Compass By Year-End?

British Magazine Says Stellantis Could Show Next-Gen Compass By End Of 2024...

The next-generation Jeep® Compass (J4U) is rumored to be gearing up for its official debut by the end of the year, as reported by British car magazine AutoExpress. With development said to be in its advanced stages, production is expected to commence in mid-2025 in Europe, followed by North America later in the year.

So, what can we expect from the new Compass? Prepare for a major overhaul. First and foremost, it will be built on a cutting-edge platform known as STLA Medium, bidding farewell to the outdated Small Wide 4×4 platform. This modern architecture, utilized in vehicles like the Peugeot 5008 and Opel Grandland, promises a plethora of enhancements, from superior technology integration to heightened energy efficiency. Furthermore, it will accommodate traditional, hybrid, and electric powertrains, ensuring unparalleled versatility.

Future Jeep® Compass Rendering. (MoparInsiders).

Thanks to this new platform, the upcoming Compass is slated to be slightly larger than its predecessor. The versatility of the STLA Medium platform, allows the capability to accommodate a third-row if needed. While this third-row isn’t designed for large adults, it should provide ample space for most families with small children and early teenagers. It’s worth noting that Jeep has been offering a three-row variant of the Compass, known as the Commander, in markets like Brazil and India for several years. Therefore, the inclusion of a possible third-row option in the new Compass seems like a logical progression.

The J4U is expected to be powered by all-electric, mild-hybrid, and internal combustion engine (ICE) options. For those looking for battery-electric power, the Compass J4U will use a dual e-motor setup boasting power output ranging from 160 kW (215 horsepower) to 285 kW (382 horsepower), a 400-volt electrical architecture, and a range of up to 435 miles (700 km).

STLA Medium Platform. (Stellantis).

With European emissions getting stricter, the J4U should also offer a front-wheel drive (FWD) mild-hybrid powertrain under its e-HYBRID lineup. This powertrain should allow the Compass to run on just electric power in busy urban areas at low speed with sacrificing limited range.

For North America, we can expect the new Compass to get a new turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with direct-injection and flexibility for hybrid-electric (HEV) application. The new engine was already highlighted during an investment announcement in August 2022, for the Dundee Engine Plant in Michigan.

Future Jeep® Compass Rendering. (MoparInsiders).

When it comes to design, anticipate a bolder and more assertive appearance for the new Compass. AutoExpress hints at squared-off lines exuding confidence and strength. Inside, a modern and tech-laden cabin awaits, complete with integrated screens, premium finishes, and advanced service features.

The new Compass J4U will be produced for the European market at the Melfi Assembly Plant in Italy and the Brampton Assembly Plant in Ontario for the North American marketplace. An additional production site in Brazil is also expected later on.

Robert S. Miller

Robert S. Miller is a diehard Mopar enthusiast who lives and breathes all that is Mopar. The Michigander is not only the 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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The Compass needs it's own identity. It would be nice if it was Rwd & 4wd like a proper Jeep. Should bring back the Patriot name of smaller Wrangler.

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Which comes with a hybrid in North America first, KM, or J4U?

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The Compass needs it's own identity. It would be nice if it was Rwd & 4wd like a proper Jeep. Should bring back the Patriot name of smaller Wrangler.

Nah limits the market outside America. Renegade is a great name.

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A Jeep with the Patriot name would face endless ridicule if produced outside North America. The next generation of the Renegade will be produced in Europe and Latin America, unless it goes on to use the STLA medium platform.

The recently announced Opel Frontera will offer a 3-row version. This suggests the small platform can be stretched to the size and proportions of a Jeep Patriot. Just don't use that name. Also offer a mild hybrid option to keep it affordable.

The next Compass desperately needs to have a 48V 4Xe option like the Avenger offers. There are a few vendors offering suitable transmissions, if that Stellantis built unit isn't durable enough to use in the larger Compass under American driving conditions.

Stellantis has a pattern of introducing the pure battery electric version of a new vehicle first, followed by other drive train options later. It is logical to assume the Compass and Cherokee models will follow the same pattern.

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