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SPOTTED: Indian-Spec 2022 Jeep® Compass Testing In Detroit:

Compass Refresh Caught Testing In Michigan...

The Jeep® Compass has expanded the brand’s global reach with an unmatched combination of attributes, including legendary and best-in-class 4×4 off-road capability, advanced fuel-efficient powertrains, superior on-road driving dynamics,  a host of innovative safety, and advanced technology offerings. For the 2022 model year, the second-generation Compass is due for a mid-cycle action (or first refresh) and will be outfitted with even more technology and features to continue its global success.

Indian-Spec 2022 Jeep® Compass Prototype. (MoparInsiders).

Our spy photographers recently caught the first 2022 Jeep Compass testing on U.S. soil, with what looked like to be a North American variant of the revised compact Jeep SUV. But now, our photographers have caught Jeep engineers testing a right-hand-drive (RHD) Indian-spec Compass on the roads of Metro Detroit. 

Indian-Spec 2022 Jeep® Compass Prototype. (MoparInsiders).

We can tell that this particular model is an Indian-spec model based on its M6 designation on the window decal. Compass models wearing the M6 platform code are the RHD models built at the Ranjangaon Assembly Plant in Ranjangaon, India. The Ranjangaon plant is one of five assembly plants to build the current generation Compass, following plants in Brazil, China, Mexico, and Italy.

Indian-Spec 2022 Jeep® Compass Prototype. (MoparInsiders).

Our friends at AutoCar India, recently captured some pictures of the revised in 2022 Compass interior. In those photos, we saw the first look at the new Jeep corporate steering wheel (which will also make its way into the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee). We also saw a new center I/P design that was heavily covered in camouflage. According to various sources, the new interior upgrades will include new touchscreen infotainment systems featuring Uconnect 5 software, a new 10-inch full-color digital cluster, a wireless phone charging system, and a new 360-degree camera system.

2022 Jeep® Compass Prototype Interior Spy Shot. (AutoCar India).

On the exterior, another set of spy photos have shown us that Jeep is highlighting some much-improved technologies such as standard LED headlamps and fog lights will join the Compass lineup for 2022 as well. Safety will continue to play an important role in the revised Compass. We are pretty sure, that the 2022 model will adopt L2 autonomy capability that has been showing up in several FCA vehicle lines over the past model year.

Indian-Spec 2022 Jeep® Compass Prototype. (MoparInsiders).

We are still expecting that the North American-spec 2022 Jeep Compass will replace the old 2.4-liter with the Renegade’s 1.3-liter direct-injection turbocharged engine with engine stop-start (ESS) technology making 180 horsepower and 210 lb.-ft. of torque. So horsepower should be around the same numbers as the old 2.4-liter, but the new powertrain will add 35 lb.-ft of torque more to the vehicle. This should buyers more acceleration power when entering the freeway and more confidence when passing other vehicles. 

We can’t wait to see what is in store for the Jeep brand’s most successful global model. Stay tuned to MoparInsiders.com for more spy photos, information, and news on the 2022 Jeep Compass.

Mike Volkmann

Michael Volkmann, a mechanical engineer in the steel industry, autocrossed and road-raced Neons. Michael has drag raced his 1971 Duster 340, 2015 Dodge Charger SRT392, 2009 Challenger R/T, and Neons, of which he’s owned seven — one SRT4, three ACRs, and three Sport Coupes.

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