An American rival for cars like the Hyundai Tucson, MG Hector, and Tata Harrier is on its way to India. The contender is none other than the 2021 Jeep Compass facelift, and it is almost upon us. The automaker has now revealed the official launch date of the facelifted Compass – it is January 27. That is slightly earlier than what some of us had predicted, but hey, that is good news for those who have been waiting patiently for this crossover to drop. On the other hand, pre-bookings for the 2021 Compass in India are already open. Compared to the model it replaces, this new iteration brings in some appreciable additions. However, much of this is restricted to the cabin of the Compass. Still, the exterior isn’t without a few changes of its own.
The most noteworthy visual change on the outside of the 2021 Compass can be seen at the front. The headlamps now come with a new design for their LED daytime-running lights (DRLs). Lower down, the bumper has been redesigned to accommodate new LED fog lamps in its upper apron. Moreover, the front bumper now looks more aggressive, elevating the front fascia of the new Compass to be more intimidating. Jeep has also tried to refresh the famous 7-slatted grille by tweaking its surrounds a little. As a prospective customer, the other ‘changes’ that you might notice on this car aren’t that many. Yes, there is a new green color option now and redesigned alloy wheels, but that’s about it on the outside.
What you are most likely going to notice is the 2021 Jeep Compass facelift’s revised interior. The steering wheel looks more premium and now sports the new “Jeep” logo on it. Sitting right behind it is an all-new 10.25-inch digital gauge cluster. Adding to the list of new features is wireless charging, ventilated front seats, surround-view parking cameras, and the all-new Uconnect 5 infotainment system. The updated interface is displayed on a 10.1-inch touchscreen head unit that only looks better but also has sharper graphics. Even better, the system not only supports Android Auto & Apple CarPlay, but also Amazon Alexa and OTA updates.
Jeep has also seemingly bettered the material quality in the Compass with this facelift. The metallic trim on the dashboard and stitched-leather effect go together quite well, though neither are completely genuine. Regardless, they still add to the overall ambiance and appearance of this cabin. And because the wheelbase and other dimensions are pretty much unchanged, the cabin of the facelifted Compass is identical to its precursor. It still reasonably spacious and comfortable, but now looks better and offers more in the way of practical features. Under the hood, the 2021 Jeep Compass facelift is absolutely the same as the pre-facelift model that it replaces.
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There is a 1.4-liter turbo-petrol engine that kicks out 161hp and 250Nm, while a 2.0-liter turbo-diesel is also available. This motor churns out 171hp and 350Nm of torque, and only the turbo-diesel engine comes with a 9-speed automatic gearbox. If you want to, you can have the oil burner with a 6-speed manual gearbox as well. Meanwhile, the petrol version of the 2021 Compass gets two transmission options – a 6-speed stick-shift or a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic. Unlike some other crossover SUVs in the market, the facelifted Jeep Compass will come with a switchable all-wheel-drive system.