Jeep Compass likely to gain mild-hybrid engine in 2022 [Update]

Update: ‘Jeep Compass mild-hybrid spotted in the U.S.’ section updated.

Following the 2022 Jeep Compass in November 2020, Stellantis (formerly FCA) launched the 2022 Jeep Compass plug-in hybrid in the European market last year. The Jeep Compass plug-in hybrid variant gets a minor exterior refresh, a revamped interior, and new convenience technologies.

With the PHEV on the market, Jeep may still not be done with the electrification of the current-gen Compass, as we explain in the final section of the story.

Exterior

Designers have revised the headlight housing and graphics, and used new inserts for the honeycomb grille positioned behind the seven slots. The central and lower grilles, fog lamps, and bumper also are new. The headlights and fog lamps of the 2022 Compass are LED units, which wasn’t the case with the 2021 Compass, and the new front lighting offers approximately 100% more brightness. At the rear, the Compass gains new taillight graphics and a kick-activated tailgate.

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Interior

The headline, however, is that the 2022 Jeep Compass 4xe packs major interior upgrades. Everything from the dashboard to the door panels has a new design, now looking upmarket and more welcoming than the old car.

The new dash design is sleek, an aspect evident with the 10.25-inch full-HD virtual instrument cluster and the new center console with a more compact climate control panel and a bigger, floating touchscreen infotainment system. Slim horizontal AC vents have replaced the relatively large vertical AC vents. Unlike in the old model, the outer-end AC vents are on the dashboard’s top and much smaller.

The new central tunnel is at a higher position, and it includes a new, almost 5-liter storage compartment. Moreover, there’s an additional 2.4-liter storage compartment next to the shifter.

The Uconnect 5 infotainment system has made it to the Jeep Compass plug-in hybrid with the mid-life update, and buyers can have it with an 8.4-inch or a 10.1-inch display. For the 10-inch display, there’s an option to bump up the resolution to ultra-HD, which should offer crisp graphics. Wireless Apple CarPlay and wireless Android Auto are also among the new convenience features, and so is voice control with the wake word “Hey Jeep.”

Powertrain

The new Jeep Compass PHEV arrives in the same two variants. The plug-in hybrid powertrain has a 1.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine at the front and an electric motor at the rear. The engine produces 95.6 kW (128 hp) and 270 Nm (199 Lb.-Ft.) of torque in the base variant. In the top-end variant, power and torque outputs are 132.4 kW (177 hp) and 270 Nm (199 Lb.-Ft.), respectively.

Interestingly, in the old model, the engine’s power figures were a tad higher, 96 kW (129 hp) in the base variant and 133 kW (178 hp) in the top-end variant. However, the electric motor has the same tuning and generates 44 kW (59 hp) and 250 Nm (184 Nm) of torque in both variants of the new model. The net power now is 140 kW (188 hp) in the base variant and 177 kW (237 hp) in the top-end variant. An 11.4 kWh Lithium-ion battery pack powers the motor. Depending on the version selected, the pure electric range is between 47 and 49 km (29 or 30 miles) in the WLTP cycle.

No Jeep Compass 4xe for the United States

The new Jeep Compass facelift made its U.S. debut at the Chicago Auto Show on July 14, 2021. Like the previous model year, it is available with only an internal combustion engine in the U.S. market. A conventional 2.4-liter naturally aspirated gasoline engine producing 177 horsepower and 172 lb.-ft. of torque is standard. We were hoping that Jeep would add the 4xe plug-in hybrid system to the U.S.-spec Compass powertrain line-up with the mid-cycle refresh, but that didn’t happen.

Jeep announced intensified electrification efforts with new U.S.-focused EVs like Wrangler EV and Grand Wagoneer EV on July 8, 2021. So, it’s strange to see the company not introducing the Compass 4xe stateside even with the mid-cycle refresh.

The most recent 4xe launch in the U.S. was the Wrangler, in line with the ambition to make Jeep the greenest SUV brand in the world. The model, according to Jeep, became the best-selling plug-in hybrid car in the U.S. within three months of the launch and was sold out for 2021 in no time.

Jeep Compass mild-hybrid spotted in the U.S.

The U.S.-spec Jeep Compass could gain basic electrification in the United States. In July 2021, Motor1 spotted what looked like a partially electric Compass on U.S. soil. However, the unit didn’t have the push-open/push-close cover of the Compass 4xe, which means that it wasn’t an externally rechargeable vehicle.

Looking at Stellantis’ electrification measures, a mild-hybrid system looks more likely than a full-hybrid system for the current-gen Compass. What strengthens speculation is that a mild-hybrid system is reportedly already in the works for the Jeep Commander (codename: Jeep 598), the 7-seat version of the Compass. Citing sources, Motor1 says that the company is developing hybrid solutions more suitable to the existing powertrains (presumably in the U.S.). A 48V system can knock off a chunk of CO2 emissions while leaving the affordability and the maintenance cost of the Compass unperturbed.

At the end of December 2021, Autopareri forum user Tommy99 shared a picture from an Instagram story of a videographer. The image is of a promotional video shoot, possibility an advertisement, of the Jeep Compass. It’s possible that the picture is of not the existing variants but the rumored mild-hybrid electric variant. If that’s the case, the Jeep Compass mild-hybrid is just weeks away from its official reveal.

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