The Jeep® Compass returns for the 2021 model year, with a few new standard features on its popular off-road-oriented Trailhawk and luxurious Limited models. The changes come just as the Compass is due to for a Mid-Cycle-Action (or MCA) for the 2022 model year. The Compass is the iconic SUV brand’s most popular model globally, as it is manufactured in Brazil, China, India, Italy, and Mexico for consumers in more than 100 countries around the world.
Let’s start with the powertrain. The 2021 Jeep Compass will return once again with the 2.4-liter Tigershark inline-four-cylinder with engine stop-start (ESS) technology. The Tigershark is mated with a 6-Speed Aisin F21-250 Gen 3 automatic transmission on front-wheel-drive (4×2) models or a 9-Speed 948TE automatic transmission on four-wheel-drive (4×4) models. The 180 horsepower Tigershark engine gets a best-in-class fuel economy rating of up to 32 mpg on the highway and can tow up to 2,000 lbs. on 4×4 models.
So what’s new for 2021? Well, the manual transmission has been dropped from the Sport and Latitude models in North America. No longer can you get the Sandstorm interior color on the Sport trim, nor can you get the Sun & Safety package on Latitude models. Jeep has also axed the High Altitude special edition model from the lineup and instead has kept the Latitude-based Altitude model, so there is a dark option available.
On the Limited model, there is a bunch of new standard safety and security features for the new model year. Those features include Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go, Blind-spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path detection systems, Full-speed Forward Collision Warning with Active Braking, ParkSense rear park assist with rear stop, LaneSense Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist, auto high-beam headlamps, and rain-sensing wipers.
The Trail Rated Trailhawk model also gets a ton of new safety and security features as standard equipment for 2021. Those features include Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go, Blind-spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path detection systems, Full-speed Forward Collision Warning with Active Braking, ParkSense rear park assist with rear stop, LaneSense Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist, rearview auto-dimming mirror, auto high-beam headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, and security alarm.
Trailhawk models also feature best-in-class off-road capability thanks to the exclusive five-mode version of the Jeep Selec-Terrain system and class-leading 20:1 crawl ratio. Compass Trailhawk has an increase of 1-inch, skid plates, Hill-descent control, aggressive off-road tires, and Jeep signature red front and rear tow hooks. The Trailhawk model also has 19-inches of water fording capability.
Helping to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Jeep brand, Jeep is launching an 80th Anniversary Edition of its entire lineup including the Compass. The Compass 80th Anniversary Edition is based on the Latitude model and includes 19-inch Granite Crystal aluminum wheels, leather seats with Light Tungsten accent stitching, power driver seat with lumbar, remote start, 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen with Navigation, and is loaded with a ton of other popular content.
The 2021 Jeep Compass is available in 12 exterior colors that include Billet Silver, Diamond Black, Granite Crystal, Jazz Blue, Laser Blue, Olive Green, Pearl White (Limited models), Redline Red, Spitfire Orange (Sport and Trailhawk models), Sting-Gray (Limited and Trailhawk models), Velvet Red, and White. There are also three interior colors for 2021 that include Black, Black and Ski Grey, and Trailhawk Black.
The North American 2021 Jeep Compass has started production at the Toluca Assembly Plant in Toluca, Mexico, and is arriving in dealers now. For more information and availability, you can contact your local Jeep dealer.