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Jeep Compass shown off in LA

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Jeep Compass

Nissan Qashqai and Volkswagen Tiguan competitor makes its public debut at the LA motor show.

Jeep has revealed more details about its Nissan Qashqai and Volkswagen Tiguan rival at this year’s LA Motor Show. The Compass will be positioned above the Renegade in the Jeep range.

The manufacturer has confirmed that customers around the world will be offered a selection of five engines. These will vary according to specific markets but include three petrol engines and two diesel engines. There will also be three gearboxes available.

The entry-level petrol unit is a MultiAir 2 1.4-litre turbo. This is the same 138bhp engine that can be found in the Compass’s smaller Renegade sibling. Jeep has yet to confirm which engines will be offered in which markets but it is likely that this 1.4 will make an appearance in Britain.

Jeep gearbox options

The 1.4-litre petrol will be offered with the choice of a six-speed manual gearbox, which will come as standard on the 4x2 models. There will also be the option of a six-speed auto transmission, whilst models offering four-wheel-drive will come with a nine-speed automatic.

Other global engine choices include a 2.4 MultiAir 2 unit, which will definitely be available in the US, and a 2.0 Tigershark engine. The diesel options, meanwhile, will include a MultiJet 1.6, which will come with a six-speed manual gearbox and a 4x2 drive train. A 2.0-litre MultiJet will also be available as a 4x2 model or as a 4x4 with nine-speed transmission.

Info on the infotainment

The Jeep Compass will come with a five-inch infotainment screen as standard, although there will also be the option of a seven-inch or 8.4-inch display. The larger choices will have touchscreen interfaces offering access to services such as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The 6.4-inch variation will also have multi-touch gesture capabilities, meaning that it can be swiped, pinched and tapped just like a smartphone.

The Brazil-built Compass will be available in a choice of four trim levels; the Sport, the Limited, the Latitude and the Trailhawk. The latter will get an enhanced permanent four-wheel-drive set-up, featuring five terrain modes including rock, low range and hill descent control. It will also benefit from unique bumpers complete with improved departure and approach angles, toe hooks, skid plates and a slightly higher ride height.

Design detailing

Both the design and performance of the compact Jeep Compass crossover looks to be aligned with its larger siblings, the Grand Cherokee and the Cherokee. It comes complete with the seven-slot Jeep grille that has become a hallmark of the brand and a semi-floating roof and shoulder line which kicks up at the back.

Its wheelbase is closer in size to the Renegade but its passenger space is only marginally below that offered by the Cherokee and there’s actually more cargo space behind the second row than in the Cherokee. The interior is also similar to both the Grand Cherokee and Cherokee in terms of its practical yet stylish design.

Standard kit

The standard equipment is also fairly generous, with the entry-level Sport still offering power-adjustable, heated door mirrors, cruise control, power windows, audio controls on the steering wheel and push-button ignition. The Latitude trim adds 17-inch aluminium wheels, leather steering wheel, body-colour door handles and mirrors, automatic headlights, passive-entry key and ambient interior lighting.

The top-of-the range Limited, meanwhile, boasts leather seating, a heated steering wheel and front seats, remote engine starting, 18-inch wheels and chrome grille accents. Larger screen units are also included in the higher-spec models.

Safety technology on offer includes collision warning, rear traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure warning, automated emergency braking on most trims, a reversing camera and lane-departure warning.

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