The small crossover from Jeep is about to get some interesting novelties for the next year. This particularly refers to the powertrain, as the electrified version is on the way. Of course, we are talking about a plug-in hybrid version, which will feature the same setup as Renegade. Other than that, we probably won’t see any particular changes. The current generation is expected to remain in production for several more years, as the company is currently busy with bigger siblings and their redesign.
All this means that, except for the new PHEV version, the 2021 Jeep Compass will carry on with familiar design characteristics. You may count on a crossover that offers strong off-road capabilities, as well as a good-looking cabin and a decent amount of tech goodies. On the other side, the Compass also has several flaws, starting from an underpowered gasoline engine, smaller cargo area and not so great predicted reliability rating. The 2021 Jeep Compass should hit the market sometime in the last quarter of the year.
2021 Jeep Compass Plug-In Hybrid
Without any doubt, this is the biggest novelty for the 2021 Jeep Compass. We are about to see the first electrified version of a Jeep but the initial version probably won’t be available in North America, but rather just in Europe and few more markets. Anyway, the new system will combine a small 1.3-liter gasoline engine with a couple of electric motors. One electric motor will send power to the front axle, while the other will power the rear wheel, so we can talk about the AWD system as a standard feature.
At this point, we know that the new system will come in a couple of power variants, and the most powerful version will be good for about 240 horsepower. That promises solid acceleration and overall performances. Another important thing to mention is an 11.4-kWh battery pack, which should ensure a decent all-electric range. It will probably go around 30 miles. Details about fuel economy are still unavailable.
2021 Jeep Compass Engine
On the other side, the conventional version will carry on with a familiar 2.4-liter gasoline engine. This naturally-aspirated unit is good for about 180 horsepower. One of the novelties is that it won’t be available with a manual gearbox anymore. Therefore, you will have a choice between 6- and 9-speed transmission only. The engine by itself seems okay for daily commuting but definitely lacks power some more decent driving experience. Acceleration is mediocre, while the engine can be pretty noisy sometimes.
Another thing about this engine you should know is that fuel economy isn’t particularly great. You may count on about 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. Most rivals are more efficient.
2021 Jeep Compass Design
Changes in terms of base design characteristics, the 2021 Jeep Compass won’t change at all. The mechanical aspect of the small crossover will remain completely the same. This crossover rides on a familiar Compact Wide platform, sharing its parts with the smaller Renegade. When it comes to aesthetics, changes for the next year won’t come either. This model features the brand’s typical design philosophy and the best we could see for the next year are things like new color options and similar tweaks.
Changes aren’t expected on the inside either. You may count on a familiar cabin layout, which features solid build quality and comes with a decent list of standard equipment. When it comes to the passenger room, things are pretty typical for the segment. On the other side, the cargo area isn’t particularly great. You may count on about 27.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 59.8 cubic feet with the rear seat folded.
This aspect probably won’t bring any bigger change, so the list of standard and available equipment should be pretty much the same as for the 2020 model. The current model comes standard with goodies like a 7-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, two USB ports, a six-speaker sound system, dual-zone automatic climate control, and push-button start. Additionally, you can get upgrades like an 8.4-inch infotainment touch screen, a navigation system, a nine-speaker Alpine premium audio system, a Beats premium audio system, HD Radio, satellite radio, a dual-pane sunroof, remote start etc.
A rearview camera is the only standard safety feature, but there are a lot of options in the offer. Some of the highlights are things like forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, automatic high-beam headlights, rain-sensing windshield wipers etc.
Release Date and Price
We expect that the 2021 Jeep Compass will hit the market sometime in the last quarter of the year. Base models should go around 23.000 dollars.