Jeep Compass gets a mild-hybrid engine for 2022 [Update]

Update: ‘Jeep Compass eHybrid announced for Europe’ section added.

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 unique. 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 looks 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 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.) 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 new model variants. Now, the net power 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. We hoped 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 globally. 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 eHybrid (MHEV) announced for Europe

Stellantis has announced the Jeep Compass eHybrid (mild hybrid) variant for the European market. Orders are open now, and vehicles are expected to begin arriving in the UK by March 2022. The plug-in-hybrid 4xe versions currently account for more than 25% of Jeep’s sales in Europe, and the new MHEV variant will further bolser the sales of electrified Jeeps. Antonella Bruno, Head of Jeep Brand Europe, quoted that the introduction of Compass and Renegade hybrid variants “is another step towards the comprehensive electrification” of Jeep’s European portfolio.

The Compass eHybrid is powered by a new 4-cylinder 1.5-liter turbo-petrol engine tuned to produce 130 hp and 240 Nm. It’s supplemented by a 48-volt electric motor, adding another 15 kW (20 hp) and 55 Nm to the mix. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a 7-speed DCT. Delivering up to 15% lower fuel consumption, the Compass eHybrid can drive on purely electric power in certain situations. Full electric propulsion is available at start-up, at slow speeds, while cruising, and during parking.

Jeep Compass eHybrid
The Jeep Compass eHybrid will be available to customers March onwards in the UK. The MHEV system allows driving in pure electric mode in bumper-to-bumper traffic and slow speeds. Image: Jeep

Additionally, the Compass eHybrid features brake energy recuperation that recovers kinetic energy generated during braking, converts it to electric power, and stores it in the onboard battery. The stored energy is then released during hard acceleration and provides a ‘torque-fill’ in addition to the torque produced by the ICE. It has various modes like e-Launch, e-Creeping, e-Queueing (for stop-and-go traffic situations), and e-Parking.

Jeep Compass eHybrid price starts at GBP 32,895 OTR in the UK. It remains to be seen if eHybrid is offered in the United States.

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