Following the 2022 Jeep Compass in November last year, Stellantis (formerly FCA) has unveiled the 2022 Jeep Compass plug-in hybrid in the European market. The Jeep Compass plug-in hybrid variant gets a minor exterior refresh, a revamped interior, and new convenience technologies.
The 2022 Jeep Compass plug-in hybrid features subtle design changes at the front and rear. Designers have revised the headlights’ 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 are LED units and compared to the old model’s Xenon headlamps, 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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The headline, however, is that the 2022 Jeep Compass 4xe packs major interior upgrades. Everything from the dashboard to the door panels is redesigned, 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 has been positioned higher, 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 very 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.”
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.
2022 Jeep Compass 4xe for the United States?
A Jeep spokesperson has told Car And Driver that the company will share details about the U.S. launch of the new Compass in the coming months. Customer deliveries could be scheduled in the second half of the year. There’s no word on whether Jeep will import the new Compass to the U.S. in the 4xe plug-in hybrid variant. Given that markets like Brazil are getting the plug-in hybrid variant with the facelift, we don’t see a reason for customers in the U.S. being denied access.
The most recent 4xe launch stateside was the Wrangler, in line with the ambition to make Jeep the greenest SUV brand in the world. Given that Jeep’s pure-electric variants are still some time away, the next logical step for regional markets would be to take on PHEV powertrains.
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