The Jeep® brand recently pulled the covers off of its mid-cycle-action (MCA) for the 2022 Jeep Compass at the Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition in Guangzhou, China. The 2022 model offering brings several technologies found in the brand’s more upscale models to the compact SUV, as well as a modest exterior and interior styling update.
While we covered several of the new updates on the updated Compass already, our spy photographers have caught the new Chinese version (codenamed M4) out testing on the streets of Metro Detroit this week. The new series of shots shows us our first look at the updated Compass for the first time in a real world setting.
The updated front styling of the new 2022 Jeep Compass, gives the vehicle a much richer appearance as the vehicle comes down the road. The new grille design features a more complex grille texture, as well as a new forward-facing camera for the new 360-degree camera system located in dead-center into the seven-slot grille. We can also see that the new grille design has also adopted the racked waterfall design of the upcoming 2022 Jeep Wagoneer/Grand Wagoneer grille, something that will probably be adopted from the rest of the core Jeep lineup. This shows us the design direction that the Jeep design team is taking to take the seven-slot grille design further into the future.
The revised Compass also features new LED headlamps which will be standard across the Compass lineup. Those headlamps feature a new distinctive LED daytime-running light (DRL) signature. The new LED fog lamps are housed in a completely revamped front fascia design that looks more aggressive than the outgoing model.
For those who are waiting on the electrified Compass 4xe models to come to North America, our sources have stated that it won’t be coming to the market until sometime in 2023.
Under the hood, the updated Compass adapts the Renegade’s 1.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with Engine Start/Stop (ESS) technology. The turbocharged 1.3-liter engine delivers a robust 177 horsepower and 210 lb.-ft. of torque. While it might not be a huge boost in power than the current 2.4-liter “Tigershark” inline-four, the new powertrain features a lot more pep than the outgoing powertrain, something that North American customers have been complaining about since the launch of the current Compass in 2017.
The 2022 Jeep Compass has already launched in the Chinese market, with Indian production soon to follow. North Americans can expect the updated Compass to start production in Toluca, Mexico around mid-year 2021. So what do you think of the 2022 Jeep Compass refresh? Let us know in the MoparInsiders.com forums.