The Jeep® brand continues to expand its global footprint in the European marketplace. While both the Renegade and the Compass are manufactured in Italy, not all European countries get both models. This includes the country of Belgium.
Currently, the Belgian lineup for the American brand consists of the iconic Wrangler, Renegade, and the Gladiator. While the compact Renegade has been available for purchase for several years, it wasn’t until this past week that Jeep announced the addition of its updated Compass to the Belgium lineup.
The Jeep Compass will be offered in five different trim levels (Sport, Longitude, Limited, S, and Trailhawk), with five different combinations of powertrain – gasoline, diesel, and plug-in hybrid (PHEV), 6-speed manual or automatic dual dry clutch (DDCT), and front-wheel drive or four-wheel drive (4×4).
There will also be the addition of the limited edition “80th Anniversary Edition” model. Based on the Longitude model, the commemorative model will feature special design cues including unique “80th Anniversary” badging, low-gloss Granite Crystal, black leather seats with Tungsten stitching and “80th Anniversary” logo, high-gloss black accents, “80th Anniversary” floor mats, and Granite Crystal-painted aluminum wheels.
The gasoline models come with the turbocharged 1.3-liter GSE engine of 130 horsepower or 150 horsepower, combined with a manual transmission or a dry double-clutch transmission (DDCT), respectively, both with front-wheel drive. To complete the range of internal combustion engines (ICE), there is a 1.6-liter Multijet turbo diesel engine, whose power is increased to 130 horsepower with CO² emissions reduced by 10%, mated with a 6-speed manual transmission and front-wheel drive. The PHEV is also known as the “4xe” comes in two horsepower versions (190 horsepower and 240 horsepower), combined with a 6-speed automatic transmission and an electric all-wheel-drive (eAWD) 4×4 system.
The Compass is the first Jeep in Europe to achieve Level 2 autonomous driving and is equipped with the latest generation Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS), standard across the lineup. This equipment includes Traffic Sign Recognition (which reads and interprets traffic signs), Intelligent Speed Assist (to automatically keep the car within the stated speed limit), Driver sleepiness alert (to alert drivers when their attention is weak or if they doze off for a moment), and Automatic Emergency Braking (with pedestrian and cyclist recognition, which brakes the vehicle to a complete stop, to avoid any accidents that could occur).
But the biggest novelty is Highway Assist, which combines Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Centering, to automatically adjust the speed and path of the vehicle. The vehicle therefore automatically remains in the middle of the lane, at a reasonable distance from the vehicle in front (available in the second half of the year).
Starting pricing for the entry-level 2021 Jeep Compass Sport is €28,490 (or $34,522 USD) including value-added tax (VAT) and €27,548 (or about $33,381 USD) including VAT in Luxembourg. For those who opt for the 4xe models, pricing starts at €44,590 (or about $54,032 USD) including VAT or €43,116 (or about $52,245 USD) including VAT in Luxembourg.