A New Direction: Jeep Unveils Refreshed 2022 Compass Compact CUV
Revised exterior and interior styling and new infotainment systems are just some of the changes made to Jeep's compact CUV for 2022.
Back in 2017, Jeep replaced its aging Compass and Patriot compact crossover SUV's (CUV's) with the all-new, second-generation Jeep Compass. With a new off-road oriented Trailhawk model, a long-overdue infotainment system upgrade, and improved fuel economy, the all-new 2017 Jeep Compass was an immediate hit with compact CUV shoppers. For 2022, Jeep is giving the Compass a mid-cycle refresh, with revised exterior and interior styling, and a new infotainment suite. Read on to find out more about the refreshed 2022 Jeep Compass. NOTE: Any and all pricing discussed in this article includes a mandatory destination fee, but does NOT include any applicable taxes, or other fees.
First, we should disclose that Jeep has only shown the refreshed Compass for its European markets, and NOT for the North American market. However, Jeep has said that it will be releasing details on the North American-bound 2022 Compass soon, and that it will be similar to the European model shown here. Starting up front, you'll notice that the revised 2022 Jeep Compass features a slightly different front grille design, which integrates into redesigned LED front headlamps with LED daytime running lamps (DRL's). The lower front grille now features a more Jeep-like trapezoidal design. A new front lower splitter integrates well into the side wheel arches, and the LED front fog lamps are now integrated into the front bumper. Of course, there are new aluminum-alloy wheel designs for all trim levels, and upper trims also feature color-keyed side wheel arches. At the rear, the rear bumper appears larger than before, and features a new design, and the rear liftgate also features a revised design. The roofline is now also integrated into the vehicle, with the Gloss Black finish on select models integrating into the side windows.
While the exterior changes to the 2022 Jeep Compass may be subtle, the interior is where you'll notice the most changes this year. The biggest change is a new infotainment suite featuring the latest U Connect 5 software, with optional 4G LTE internet connectivity, standard wired and optional wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, Bluetooth, and a "floating" central standard 8.4-inch (8.4") or optional 10.1-inch (10.1") touchscreen display. The new Compass also sheds its Cherokee-like interior design for a more upscale appearance, with stitched dashboard panels, a new steering wheel design with a new 'Jeep' badge on the airbag cover, redesigned controls for driver assistance, audio system, and Bluetooth phone systems, and a new toggle switch control for the optional Selec-Terrain terrain management system. The new Compass also features fully-digital instrumentation, with a full-color reconfigurable Thin-Film Transistor (TFT) display dominating the driver's side of the instrument panel. Controls and switches have also been redesigned to allow for increased storage space in the center console. We also expect new seat materials to be offered on the refreshed Compass.
While Jeep offers its '4xe' Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) powertrain in Europe, we expect the North American 2022 Jeep Compass to feature the same naturally-aspirated 2.4L "Tigershark" Inline Four-Cylinder (I4) gasoline engine, producing 180 horsepower, and 175 lb. ft. of torque. We expect Jeep to (unfortunately) drop the standard six-speed manual transmission, meaning that the only available transmission option on the 2022 Jeep Compass is expected to be the existing ZF-sourced "948TE" nine-speed automatic unit found on most Compass models. The 2022 Jeep Compass lineup is expected to consist of base Sport, mid-level Latitude, off-road oriented Trailhawk, and luxurious Limited trims, with all but the Trailhawk featuring standard Front Wheel Drive (FWD). Four Wheel Drive (4X4/4WD) will be standard on the Trailhawk, but optional on all other Compass models. Jeep builds the Compass for the North American market in Toluca, Mexico, where the Compass is the sole vehicle currently produced at the plant (the Dodge Journey was the other product produced at the plant until its discontinuation in 2020). While 2022 Jeep Compass pricing isn't yet available, we expect pricing to remain similar to the 2021 Jeep Compass, which starts at $24,095 for a Sport 4X2 model, and climbs to $31,095 for either a Limited 4X4 or a Trailhawk 4X4 model. We'll have more details on the North American-market 2022 Jeep Compass when they become available. What do you think of the refreshed 2022 Jeep Compass? Let us know in the comments down below, and stay tuned right here to DriveTribe for more information as it becomes available!