The new Jeep Compass is now manufactured in Italy, allowing Jeep to guarantee an average delivery time from the factory of approximately three weeks, while offering a variety of advanced user-friendly technologies that ensure a more efficient, comfortable and connected everyday driving experience.
The growing success of the model, initially produced for Europe at FCA Toluca plant in Mexico, made it possible to bring production, including that of the new 4xe version featuring plug-in hybrid electric technology, directly to Italy. This marks a further step in the implementation of FCA's 5 billion Euro investment plan for Italy, and in the brand's continuous evolution, while also highlighting both the technological innovation and excellence of the Italian factory, one of the most innovative in the world.
The Jeep Compass produced at the FCA Melfi Plant will be powered by a new 1.3-litre petrol engine delivering 130 hp or 150 hp, ensuring customers a smooth and comfortable driving experience, or alternatively by an updated version of the 120 hp 1.6-litre MultiJet II diesel engine with SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction). New features include the new Uconnect Services for improved onboard and off-board connectivity, new styling cues such as six different wheel designs (one specific for each trim and exclusive 19-inch Gloss Black wheels for the Night Eagle model) and a new color palette with five new exterior paints: Ivory Tri-Coat, Colorado Red, Blue Italia, Blue Shade and Techno Green Metallic - all of which can be offered in combination with a black roof. The new tonneau cover is also available on all versions.
With a view to the continuous improvement of the Jeep line-up the dynamic characteristics of Compass have been further refined, bringing it even more in line with the expectations of European customers. Handling of the Compass made in Melfi is enhanced thanks to the new tuning of the steering system, aimed at improving its lightness and progressiveness, and targeted interventions on the suspension system. These include the addition of shock absorbers with FSD (Frequency Selective Damping) valves, to limit movements in the vehicle's body, without affecting comfort in tackling rough roads. The new Jeep Compass offers more precision when cornering at high speed, ensuring less roll and pitch, and more braking stability. Most of all, the driver experiences a more flexible and precise on road behavior, especially noticeable on meandering routes.
The Jeep Compass made in Melfi will be arriving in European dealerships in June 2020, with a full line-up of four trim levels - Longitude, Night Eagle, Limited and S - all powered by efficient turbo petrol and diesel engines paired with front-wheel-drive configuration (the four-wheel drive versions will be available in the second half of this year in combination with 4xe technology).
Produced in Mexico, Brazil, China, India and now also in Italy, the Jeep Compass - supported also by the soon-to-be launched 4xe electrified version - is truly a global model. It boasts a very special bond with the EMEA region and above all with Europe. When launched here in 2017, it was the first Jeep model designed specifically for European roads. This laid solid foundations for the success of Jeep Compass: the best-selling Jeep model worldwide in 2019 and driver with Renegade of the commercial performance of the Brand in Europe, where it accounted for 40% of the annual sales volumes.
New 1.3-litre turbo petrol engine
The new four-cylinder 1.3-litre turbo petrol engine powering the Jeep Compass made at the FCA plant in Melfi, in the Italian region of Basilicata, is part of the new FCA Global Small Engine family, launched in mid-2018 on the Jeep Renegade.
This engine is based on a modular structure and will be available on Jeep Compass in the four-cylinder configuration with two power outputs: 130 hp when paired with a six-speed manual transmission and 150 hp when mated to a six-speed Dual Dry Clutch Transmission (DDCT) - both with front-wheel drive. This is the first application of an automatic transmission in combination with front-wheel drive on Compass, and will make it more accessible to new customers in the C-SUV segment (sales of 4x2 automatics currently account for 28% of the market in Europe). The new 1-3-litre petrol engine complies with Euro 6D Final standards and features a GPF filter (Gasoline Particulate Filter).
The new 1.3-litre turbo petrol engine is designed to offer outstanding performance both on and off-road, while delivering excellent driving comfort. For Compass, the 1.3-litre petrol engine has been updated with a specific turbo-matching which maximizes the engine response at low engine speed and reduces CO2 emissions by up to 27%. The new engine also optimizes fuel consumption by up to 30% (WLTP cycle) compared to the previous petrol 4x4 versions with automatic transmission.
Jeep Compass, in combination with the new 1.3-litre turbo petrol engine and DDCT automatic transmission, also features for the first time a 'Sport' driving mode that can be selected with the push of a button in the center console. This dynamic driving mode adds even more fun to the daily urban drives, by tightening up the steering, sharpening the throttle response and adjusting the transmission's behavior through higher upshifts for full horsepower and torque delivery. In addition, in Sport mode, the 'sailing' function is blocked and the 'fast-off' mode is activated. When the accelerator is released, this prevents switching to a higher gear, to maximize the engine brake and optimize responsiveness in the next acceleration.
The Global Small Engine family was developed by the FCA Group to deliver a new petrol engine offering characterized by good fuel efficiency and performance in a wide range of applications. The basic structure guarantees efficiency, modularity and a considerable degree of standardization in terms of components and manufacturing process, flexibility and potential for future development. These engines are made entirely of aluminum for lightness (weights start from 110 kilograms for the four-cylinder turbo engine). The crankcase, developed in partnership with Teksid, is made of high-pressure die-cast aluminum alloy. After studying various crankcase designs, a bedplate architecture was chosen, as it offers the best balance of weight, structural performance, noise, and vibrations. All turbo versions in the Global Small Engine family feature the third generation of the exclusive MultiAir technology, which improves combustion efficiency by adjusting valve lift and timing, and further optimizes independent intake valve opening and closing.
The new 130 hp 1.3-litre turbo petrol engine with manual transmission will be available on the Longitude, Night Eagle and Limited trims, while the 150 hp version with DDCT will be available also on the S trim level. Peak torque on both versions is equal to 270 Nm (up to 40 Nm more than the previous 1.4-litre petrol engine). Both engines are available with front-wheel drive.
The Jeep Compass engine offer is completed by a 1.6-litre diesel MultiJet II with 120 hp, 320 Nm, manual gearbox, and SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) available in combination with front-wheel drive.
4xe models (those featuring plug-in hybrid electric technology) will be available with an electric motor mated to a choice of either the 190 hp and 240 hp version of the 1.3-litre Global Small Engine. These will arrive in European showrooms in the second half of this year. Both these 4xe versions will be four-wheel drive only.
New UconnectTM Services for advanced on-board and off-board connectivity
The Jeep Compass produced in Melfi will feature state-of-the-art connectivity in order to meet the needs of its demanding customers. First introduced in the Jeep line-up with the 2020 Renegade, the new Uconnect Services feature an array of functionalities, which are accessible through various touchpoints, including the My Uconnect mobile app, smartwatch, website, buttons on the ceiling light and radio. Available from commercial launch on Jeep Compass, the new Uconnect Services will be fitted as standard on both the 7 and 8.4-inch infotainment systems and on all trims from the Longitude upwards to offer advanced onboard and off-board connectivity and useful services for enhanced safety and comfort.
Uconnect Services are divided into several packages. Available as a basic service, My Assistant is activated from plant, and offers emergency services in case of crash, roadside assistance services including the vehicle's recovery and vehicle health reports. My Car, My Remote, My Navigation (only on Uconnect 8.4" navigation) packages are offered as standard services included in the vehicle price and need to be activated by the customer.
My Car allows the driver to control the health status and the parameters of the car. My Remote offers the possibility to lock/unlock doors, flash the lights, find the vehicle, control some parameters such as speed and area and receive a notification if they are not respected. My Navigation (offered only on Uconnect 8.4" navigation) includes Send & Go service, which provides the customer the possibility to send the destination on his/her navigation system directly from his/her smartphone or from the web portal, real-time alerts on traffic, weather and speed cameras and the possibility to search Points of Interest.
The soon-to-be launched 4xe models will also include specific features to assist electric driving. Customers can monitor the battery charge level directly from the My Uconnect mobile app, schedule charging and air conditioning, and view the nearest charging stations on the My Uconnect mobile app and Uconnect 8.4" navigation when the battery is low.