The Jeep® brand will officially be celebrating its official 80th anniversary this week (July 15th) and what better way to celebrate than to introduce the updated Compass. The American adventure brand has continued to gain praise from various automotive publications and fans alike for the updated Compass. The refreshed compact SUV has already arrived in dealer showrooms around the globe such as China, Europe, India, Australia, and South America.
While Jeep hasn’t said much about the North American launch of the updated Compass, we do know that it will be officially unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show this week. Alongside it will be the new Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon and Rubicon 392 Xtreme Recon Package, something Jeep announced a few weeks ago for the Wrangler as it will continue to upgrade its arsenal against the new Ford Bronco.
Recently, our spy photographers have caught several models of the new 2022 Jeep Compass driving on the streets of Metro Detroit. Our favorite is the new Compass High Altitude (also known as the S, elsewhere in the world). As the premium offering in the Compass lineup, the High Altitude will boast a sporty exterior look with the best technology the 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.
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), and 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 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.
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 is located in the center console under the climate controls.
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. But we expect the Tigershark to continue in the lower-trim models.
But according to our sources, the Tigershark may remain on the lower trim levels similar to the 2021 Jeep Renegade. Recently, the 2022 Jeep Renegade appeared in the Japanese market with only the Tigershark option. Those who are looking for the electrified 4xe model in North America are out of luck.
We can’t wait to get some seat time with the new 2022 Jeep Compass High Altitude. Jeep’s official press conference at the show will be held this Wednesday, July 14th, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. CST, according to the 2021 Chicago Auto Show press show dockets released to the media.
MoparInsiders.com will be Livestreaming the event from Chicago, so be sure to come back Wednesday morning.
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