Jeep launched the Compass in India in 2017. Now, three years later, it is about time mid-size SUV receives a much-needed facelift and the carmaker thinks the same. Jeep is expected to unveil the 2021 Compass facelift in November 2020 at the Guangzhou International Motor Show which is scheduled to take place from 22nd November to 1 December 2020.
The 2021 Compass facelift will look largely similar to the current SUV but will feature some cosmetic updates. Upfront, it will get slimmer wider headlamps flanking the new iteration of the signature 7-slot grille which we have previously seen on the Grand Wagoneer concept. The side profile looks largely unchanged but features new alloy wheels. Coming to the rear, it gets updated tail lamps and a redesigned bumper.
On the inside, the layout is likely to remain largely unchanged but will feature a new steering wheel and updated upholstery. It might also get a larger touchscreen infotainment system with FCA’s Uconnect 5 software. It is equipped with features such as wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, integrated Alexa support and over the air software updates. Higher variants are also expected to get features like a 360-degree camera, LED lighting, wireless charging and a digital instrument cluster.
The global-spec 2021 Compass facelift might also get L2 autonomous features like traffic jam assist, cross-traffic alert system, highway assist, lane keep assist and active blind spot assist, among others. These features are not expected to make way to the India-spec model even if the global-spec model gets it.
Under the hood, the global-spec Compass facelift is likely to get a new 1.3-litre turbocharged petrol engine along with a plug-in hybrid variant. The India-spec Compass, however, is likely to carry forward the same set of engines as the current model which gets a set of BS6 petrol and diesel engines.
The petrol engine on offer is a 1.4-litre turbocharged unit making 163PS and 250Nm mated to a 7-speed DCT. The diesel engine, on the other hand, is a 2.0-litre unit making 173PS and 350Nm paired to either a 6-speed MT or a 9-speed AT.
After debuting the 2021 Compass facelift in November 2020, Jeep is expected to launch the facelifted Compass in India by early 2021. The American carmaker might also introduce a 7-seater version of the Compass at a later stage. Once launched, it will continue to rival likes of the Tata Harrier, Hyundai Tucson, MG Hector and the Mahindra XUV500.