After a difficult 2020, when automotive events were canceled for fear of spreading COVID-19, auto shows are beginning to come back online in 2021.
The Chicago Auto Show opens its doors this week at McCormick Place, and automakers are wasting no time rolling out new models. Jeep is seizing the opportunity to announce one of its latest models, the 2022 Compass.
Jeep will offer the 5-passenger CUV in five trims: Sport, Latitude, Latitude LUX, Limited and Trailhawk. The Latitude LUX trim is a new addition to the Compass line for ’22 and gets several high-end features to help set it apart. They include leather, heated power front seats and remote start.
Along with its overhauled exterior, the new Compass gets a redesigned interior (pictured below) with a newly styled instrument panel that can be upgraded with an available 10.25-in. (26-cm) digital gauge cluster.
In the center stack, an 8.4-in. (21-cm) touchscreen is standard, which Jeep says is the largest entry-level unit in the segment. The top three trims get a larger 10.1-in. screen, and both systems run the latest-generation Uconnect 5 infotainment software.
Elsewhere, the cabin features available second-row heated seats for the first time, redesigned front seats with available heating and ventilation and climate-control venting for the second row. The Limited trim is available with exclusive interior color schemes and stitching patterns.
Carrying over from ’21 is the powertrain – the 2.4L Tigershark 4-cyl., rated at 177 hp and 172 lb.-ft. (233 Nm) of torque. It’s paired with either a 6-speed or a 9-speed automatic transmission.
The 2.4L engine comes standard with a stop/start system, which Jeep says has been refined with new controls and starter technology to minimize early engine restarts from minor movements of the driver’s foot on the brake pedal. Restart noise, vibration and harshness also have been reduced, the automaker says.
Jeep says the 9-speed will accommodate off-road functionality for Trailhawk models, including a 20:1 crawl ratio setting. The powertrain has a max 4WD towing capacity of up to 2,000 lbs. (907 kg). In 4x2 configuration, the Compass is rated at 31 mpg (7.6 L/100 km) on the highway.
The 2022 Jeep Compass will go on sale this fall. Starting prices by trim level, not including $1,495 destination charge:
- Sport: $24,995
- Latitude: $26,525
- Latitude LUX: $29,595
- Trailhawk: $31,395
- Limited: $31,395
Adding 4x4 to Sport or Latitude models will cost an extra $1,500.