The Jeep Compass is set to get a whole new powertrain lineup in 2024 with mild- and plug-in hybrids locked in for Australian release.
Replacing the 2.4-litre ‘Tigershark’ petrol and 2.0-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder will be a 95kW 48-volt boosted turbo-petrol and a 177kW ‘4Xe’ plug-in hybrid setup.
The mild-hybrid 48-volt powertrain is front-wheel drive and offers some electric-only driving ability. Jeep claims it’ll be able to propel the Compass with electrons at start-up, low speeds, and when parking.
Meanwhile, the 4Xe (pronounced four-by-ee) system, which is similar to that in the Grand Cherokee plug-in hybrid, offers all-wheel drive and a lot more power.
The plug-in hybrid will rival the Ford Escape plug-in hybrid and Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. Jeep claims its medium SUV will reach 100km/h in 7.5 seconds, and its 11.4kWh battery gives 48km-or-so of real-world EV driving.
Although there will be two models marketed as hybrids, the Compass won’t have a 'traditional' hybrid that’s proven extremely popular in the medium SUV segment, and features on the Toyota RAV4 and Honda ZR-V.
Jeep is yet to confirm pricing or specification for the 2024 Compass, including whether the ‘Trail Rated’ Trailhawk off-road model will continue.
Expect pricing to increase from the current base Night Eagle’s $41,400 before on-road costs, and a flagship plug-in hybrid is likely to eclipse the $59,100 range-topping Trailhawk.
To July 2023 Jeep managed to shift 951 Trailhawks, down 11.5 per cent on 2022 figures, with a monthly July sales result of 89 – down 48.9 per cent on the same month last year.
When the new hybridised Compass arrives, it’ll join the Wrangler off-roader (that’s celebrating five million sales), Gladiator ute, and Grand Cherokee five- and seven-seat large SUVs in Jeep showrooms.