The Jeep® brand has announced that the iconic off-road brand will be holding a “digital press conference” on June 4th, to showcase its updated 2021 Jeep® Compass lineup. Yes, while production of the new electrified 2020 Jeep Compass 4xe models is just getting started at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ (FCA) Melfi Assembly Plant in Melfi, Italy, the Compass will be receiving a mid-cycle refresh for the 2021 model year.
Several months ago, we showed you pictures of one of the 2021 Jeep Compass prototypes covered in camouflage that had been posted to a Chinese blog. Now, it seems that we will finally get to see what Jeep has in store for one of its most successful global vehicles.
For the 2021 model year, the Jeep Compass will be joined by a third-row variant that the media has dubbed “Grand Compass”. The three-row variant was announced back on June 1st, 2018 at FCA’s Captial Market’s Day event, in which it said it would be producing a low (or small) D-segment three-row SUV based on the successful Compass. This vehicle would be aimed at the LATAM (Latin America), EMEA (European/Middle-East), and APAC (Asia-Pacific) markets. It would replace the bigger Cherokee in some markets. The vehicle has been spotted testing in various parts of the world testing, using Compass wheels and covered in heavy camouflage as shown below.
We can expect that the 2021 Jeep Compass will get the following updates…
- New Front and Rear Fascias
- Updated Instrument Panel (I/P)
- Updated Engine Lineup, Focused More On Electrified Models As Well As Centered Around The 1.3-liter Turbo
- Updated Uconnect Options
- Updated Autonomy Features
For North America, we have been told that the 2021 Jeep Compass will ditch the sluggish 2.4-liter Tigershark inline-four-cylinder, which has been an issue with the Compass since it’s debuted in the 2017 model year. North America, should see the 1.3-liter turbo from the Renegade make its way over to the Compass. Although it makes similar horsepower to the 2.4-liter, the turbo engine delivers a much needed 35 ft.-lb. of torque.
While the new plug-in hybrid versions of the Jeep Compass 4xe that have been introduced to the European marketplace, Jeep has still kept its mouth closed about if the 4xe models would make it to North America. The Jeep Compass 4xe models can offer the equivalent of 240 horsepower with its electric motor system when combined with the 1.3-liter turbocharged. All 4xe models are four-wheel-drive (4×4) and are the only way that Jeep will offer 4×4 models in the European marketplace.
Sources close to MoparInsiders.com have told us that we can expect the updated North American-spec 2021 Jeep Compass to start production in early August, at the Toluca Assembly Plant in Toluca, Mexico. We can expect the 2021 Jeep Compass to make its official debut on Thursday, June 4th, 2020 at 9:00 am EST (Eastern Standard Time) or 3:00 pm CET.