Jeep has taken the wraps off the 2021 Compass facelift. It is the first major update to the SUV since its debut in 2017. Pre-launch bookings and test drives for the updated SUV will get underway from the last week of January 2021 and the launch is expected in February.
In terms of design, the most significant changes come at the front. It gets sleeker dual-barrel LED projector headlamps with LED DRLs flanking a sleeker iteration of Jeep’s signature 7-slat grille. The front bumper is redesigned and looks sportier than before while the fog lamps are now smaller and have moved closer to the headlamps. The side and rear profile of the SUV remains unchanged save for the new LED treatment for tail lamps.
The most significant changes on the Compass facelift come inside the cabin; it looks more premium than before. The centre of attraction is the new 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system equipped with FCA’s latest UConnect 5 system. It gets wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support along with connected car tech and support for over the air updates. The central console layout has been updated and it looks cleaner than before. It also gets a new steering wheel.
The Compass facelift also gets additional features in the form of a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, wireless mobile charging, ventilated front seats, 360-degree camera and a powered tailgate. Other features remain similar including a panoramic sunroof, dual-zone AC, powered driver’s seat, auto headlamps, rain-sensing wipers and cruise control.
Safety features on offer include a 360-degree camera, up to 6 airbags, ABS with EBD, electronic stability control, traction control, hill hold and hill descent control, electronic parking brake, rollover mitigation, brake lock differential and panic brake assist.
Under the hood, things remain unchanged. It continues to get a 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine (163PS/250Nm) and a 2.0-litre diesel engine (170PS/350Nm). Both the engines are offered with a 6-speed manual transmission. While the petrol engine gets the option of a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic, the diesel engine will be offered with a 9-speed torque converter automatic. The Compass will continue to get a SelecTerrain 4WD system with its diesel engine.
Prices of the Compass facelift are expected to be revealed in February 2021. It is expected to attract a slight premium over the current model, which retails from Rs 16.49 lakh to Rs 27.60 lakh (ex-showroom India). It will continue to take on the likes of the Tata Harrier, MG Hector, Volkswagen T-ROC, Skoda Karoq, Hyundai Tucson, Mahindra XUV500 and the upcoming Citroen C5 Aircross.