SPOTTED: North American-Spec 2022 Jeep® Compass High Altitude:

Premium Compass Shows Off Its Stylish Good Looks...

The Jeep® brand is already receiving praise from automotive publications and fans alike for its updated Compass for the 2022 model year. While the American brand has pulled the covers off of new C-segment SUV in the China, India, and the European markets, it has yet to release anything for the Americas.

North American-Spec 2022 Jeep® Compass High Altitude. (MoparInsiders).

Our spy photographer friends have caught a number of 2022 Jeep Compass models for the various global markets testing around the Metro Detroit area, both with and without camouflage. But now for the first time, we are seeing the finalized product of the new Compass for the North American market out testing without camouflage.

The particular model that our photographers have caught most recently, is the 2022 Jeep Compass High Altitude (known as the “S” in the European market). As the premium offering in the Compass lineup, it boasts a sporty exterior look with the best technology the compact segment has to offer. Its all-new aggressive-looking front fascia with body-colored lower valance gives the Compass High Altitude a unique look compared to the rest of the lineup.

North American-Spec 2022 Jeep® Compass High Altitude. (MoparInsiders).

The Compass High Altitude features all-new full-LED headlights that help enhance the exterior design while widening the field of vision for the driver during nighttime driving. LED fog lights also help illuminate the road at night for greater safety. A new LED taillamp design helps blend the updated Compass to the new looks of the new Grand Cherokee (WL) and all-new Wagoneer/Grand Wagoneer (WS). There will also be the addition of a power liftgate as standard equipment.

A new set of multi-spoke 19-inch Neutral Grey-colored aluminum wheels and a standard black-painted exterior colored roof help create a more refined and elegant look to the vehicle.

Inside, is where the new Compass High Altitude will really shine. A completely refined interior shows that this update is more than skin deep. A completely redesigned instrumental panel (I/P), center console, and door panels make this interior update look like a completely different vehicle inside. Using cleaner and horizontal lines, the new I/P design makes the interior feel wider. 

EMEA-Region 2021 Jeep® Compass S. (Jeep).

Thanks to the unveiling of the EMEA-region Compass S models, we know what to expect on the interior of the High Altitude for North America. Compass High Altitude also features 8-way power-adjustable black leather upholstered seats with gray stitching. The seats can also be equipped with both heated and ventilated options in the front row. An all-new Wireless Charging Pad is available for charging smartphones and located in the center console under the climate controls.

EMEA-Region 2021 Jeep® Compass S. (Jeep).

There will be a new 10.25-inch digital gauge cluster with full HD color, the new display allows the driver to view more than 20 different features and create up to 12 different configurations. With an innovative new operating system that guarantees navigation up to five times faster, easier, and more intuitive, the new 10.1-inch Uconnect 5 touchscreen with navigation is the best infotainment system in its class. In addition, you can customize the interface, access your favorite apps and create up to 6 different user profiles.

The EMEA region models will still continue to feature gasoline, diesel, and plug-in hybrid powertrains options. Our sources have told us to expect that the Renegade’s 1.3-liter turbocharged inline-four-cylinder Global Small Engine (GSE) will be under the hood of the North American model. This should help eliminate a lot of the issues with the existing 2.4-liter Tigershark inline-four-cylinder. It will be more than likely paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission.

North American-Spec 2022 Jeep® Compass High Altitude. (MoparInsiders).

Those who are looking for the electrified 4xe model in North America are out of luck. According to sources, close to MoparInsiders, the Compass 4xe will not be offered until the 2023 model year. Sorry, plug-in fans.

We can’t wait to get some seat time with the new 2022 Jeep Compass High Altitude. Jeep will unveil the North American version of the Jeep Compass on April 6th. So what do you think of the 2022 Jeep Compass High Altitude refresh? Let us know in the forums.

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,, and 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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This looks really good but why does the front fascia kinda look like a squished Charger front end when you add DRLs? :LOL:
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I used to think the introduction of the hybrid Compass 4Xe for the 2023 MY was too far away. With this chip shortage, now I wonder if it's too soon. I was planning to get something new in the fall, but now I'm looking at strategies to keep my Avenger going a little longer.

As far as the updates, I'm grateful the shift control stays the same. Some of the Compass competitors have some very odd controls.The new interior looks good and doesn't try to be fantasy spaceship. From what I've of the EMEA Compass and Renegade 4Xe system, I also have high expectations for our version.

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They're finally transitioning to the new Firefly engines.

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The Compass is improving and it has found the perfect niche as an affordable, attractive compact Jeep in the global marketplace. This is great. But it is not a good thing for the almost compact Jeep Cherokee which shares too much architecture and is demensionally too close, yet more expensive than its stable mate. As configured this current Cherokee is creating an overlap that puts it at a disadvantage. The Cherokee, with its available V6, and a well position target segment, clearly defined and realistic in the domestic mid-size market must abandon it global effort and focus exclusively on the North American segment. Instantly better positioned to compete with a far better vehicle aggressively again. The next generation Cherokee needs to distinguish itself, reflect more Jeep assets, it clearly must change. Downsizeing the RWD platform from the Grand Cherokee is the answer I continue to press. No more overlap, no more pricing issues, but one better mid-size RWD Jeep that makes for a good thing for Compass and for Cherokee.

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IMO they should make the Cherokee a coupé-SUV like other brands are doing. The Grand Cherokee is the midsize, the Compass is the Compact, and the Cherokee could be a hybrid of sorts.

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