Updated 2020 Jeep Compass goes on sale globally

New turbo-petrol engine and connected car technology highlight the 2020 Jeep Compass
No design changes on the 2020 Compass
No design changes on the 2020 CompassJeep Compass
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Jeep to introduce plug-in hybrid Compass soonJeep Compass

Jeep has launched the updated Compass in Europe with a new turbo-petrol engine and the increasingly popular connected car technology. There are no tweaks to the design of the 2020 Jeep Compass and upgrades are limited to the engine and the cabin only.

All-black cabin of the Compass
All-black cabin of the CompassJeep Compass

The Compass produced at FCA’s new Melfi plant in Italy gets a new 1.3-litre turbo-petrol engine that’s available in two states of tune – 128bhp or 148bhp. The 128bhp Compass is available with a 6-speed manual transmission while the punchier 148bhp version is paired to a 6-speed DCT. That said, this engine has been tuned for better engine response and improved fuel economy. It reduces carbon dioxide emissions by 27 per cent while improving fuel consumption by 30 per cent, according to the WLTP cycle. At 270Nm, this engine also makes 20Nm additional torque than the 1.4-litre turbo-petrol engine that’s available on the Compass sold in India.

No design changes on the 2020 Compass
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On the inside, the only significant upgrade is the addition of the Uconnect connected car system. The Uconnect system supports smartphone and smartwatch connectivity and is similar to Hyundai’s Bluelink system, for example. Jeep is offering three packages – My car, My remote and My Navigation with the Compass. My Car allows the driver to control the health status of the car. My Remote allows locking/unlocking doors, flashing the lights, locating the vehicle and more. My Navigation (on Uconnect 8.4” navigation only) includes tracking of the car through smartphone or the built-in sim connectivity and real-time alerts on traffic and weather among others.

Uconnect system on the 2020 Compass
Uconnect system on the 2020 CompassJeep Compass

Jeep has also announced 4Xe plug-in-hybrid models for the Compass, slated for global launch later this year. For now, this 2020 Jeep Compass is only available for the European markets and India will only get the mid-cycle facelift by Q1 of 2020. If Jeep India adds more features or tweaks the design of the updated Compass for India remains to be seen. Read about Jeep's upcoming seven-seater SUV here.

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