Jeep unveiled its facelifted 2022 Compass today at the Chicago Auto Show showing off inside-out enhancements, minor performance upgrades and advanced driver assist technologies.
The compact crossover looks more modernized wearing slimmer LED headlamps that flank a textured signature seven-slot grille. A mesh middle grille in the centre of the front bumper has been introduced, concealing a pair of foglamps, to maximize airflow.
Inside, there’s a new compact multifunction steering wheel giving easier access to entertainment, voice command and other core functions. A 10.1-inch touchscreen display (8.4-inch is standard) is available, powered by the Uconnect 5 infotainment system utilizing Android OS and over-the-air updates, as well as an up-to 10.25-inch fully digital instrument cluster depending on trim level.
On the driving side, a modified steering gear provides better feel and responsiveness, and some mild suspension tuning improves ride and handling on the road. A Highway Assist feature will be rolled out later offering semi-autonomous motoring on approved routes.
Still propelling the model is the tried-and-true 2.4-litre Tigershark four-cylinder engine making 177 horsepower and 172 lb-ft of torque, mated to either a six or nine-speed automatic transmission.
Pricing for the refreshed 2022 Compass lineup, out this fall, is as follows:
Sport – 4×2: $28,695/ 4×4: $31,195
North – 4×4: $34,095
Altitude – 4×4: $37,595 (late availability)
Trailhawk – 4×4: $38,195
Limited – 4×4: $39,095
Also making headlines at CAS today was the announcement of the Jeep Wrangler Xtreme Recon package, priced at $4,995, which is highlighted by the massive 35-inch (!) BF Goodrich KO2 all-terrain tires wrapped around 17×8-inch beadlock-ready wheels.
Additional highlights include a 1.5-inch factory suspension lift with specialty shocks, swing gate reinforcement and a 4.56:1 axle ratio (soon to be upgradable to 4:88:1 yielding a 100:1 crawl ratio increasing wheel torque and control during off-roading).
Together, the goodies help the iconic vehicle deliver class-leading approach and departure angles, ground clearance and water fording capability:
Approach angle – 47.4 degrees
Breakover angle – 26.7 degrees
Departure angle – 40.4 degrees
Ground clearance – 32.7 cm (12.9 inches)
Water fording – 85.3 (33.6 inches)
Customers in Canada are now able to order the package on the Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited 3.6-litre automatic with eTorque. Production is scheduled to start at the company’s Toledo, Ohio facility next month.
Finally, all Wrangler buyers can opt for the new Sunrider Flip Top that adds a robust front-row soft top, constructed from the same premium black twill fabric found on many luxury convertibles, allowing an even more versatile open-air experience. Includes all required hardware and comes ready-to-install in place of the existing Freedom panels.