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2018 Jeep Compass revealed, in Australia late 2017

By Tony O’Kane, 28 Sep 2016 Car News

2018 Jeep Compass

Jeep whips the covers back from its overdue replacement for the Compass.

Jeep’s long-awaited successor to the Compass small SUV has been revealed in Brazil, with the American brand’s all-new entry model scheduled to take over from the nine year-old current-gen Compass – and its Patriot sibling – in Australia in the latter part of 2017.

By the time it’s replaced, the current Compass will have been on sale for a solid decade – long enough to give it pensioner status in the car world.

2018 Jeep Compass rear

Looking a lot like a mashup of the Cherokee and Grand Cherokee, the 2018 Compass features a distinctive chrome trim line that separates the windshield, roof and rear glass from the rest of the car, with Jeep’s signature seven-slot grille spanning the gap between its headlamps.

Other Jeep hallmarks are present too, such as a quartet of trapezoidal wheel wells framed in black plastic, and, on the range-topping Trailhawk grade, a set of red tow hooks and an anti-glare bonnet panel.

The interior ditches the old Compass’ outdated cabin furniture for seats and plastics that bear more resemblance to the rest of Jeep’s modern lineup, with a high-mounted infotainment screen and button-heavy steering wheel.

2018 Jeep Compass boot

Fiat-Chrysler Australia has confirmed that the new Compass will arrive in local showrooms in “late 2017”, however precise launch timing and specifications are still top-secret for now.

Globally, the Compass will be offered with a total of 17 powertrain configurations, and will be sold across 100 markets.

Some of those markets will be receiving a diesel powerplant, however it’s unclear whether an oil-burner will be available on Australian-delivered models.

Will the Compass spawn a new Patriot as well? Don’t count on it. With the Renegade already in position as Jeep’s new entry point, the need for a differently-styled twin for the new Compass is removed. Instead, the Compass will fly solo as Jeep’s not-quite-small, not-quite-medium SUV.