FOCUS ON: JEEP COMPASS

Compass is heading in the right direction

Great on- and off-road capabilities are combined with traditional Jeep styling cues

The Jeep Compass offers benchmark off-road capability, exceptional on-road driving dynamics, fuel-efficient powertrains and advanced safety features. 

Its intelligent four-wheel-drive system helps the Compass provide best-in-class off-road capability. The Jeep Selec-Terrain system provides up to five modes for the best performance on- or off-road and in any weather. 

Under the skin, fully independent suspension and precise electric power steering combine to deliver superior on-road driving dynamics.

A disconnecting rear axle ensures 4x4 models return excellent fuel economy when extra grip is not required, but the system can instantly engage when more traction is needed.

The upper body structure and frame have been designed and built with extensive use of high-strength steel to maximise crash performance while optimising weight.

Externally the Compass has a wide stance giving it a confident and premium look. It represents a bold new step in Jeep design with a sleek, aerodynamic profile.

Distinctive, traditional design cues make the Compass immediately recognisable as a Jeep.

The legendary seven-slot grille has been given a fresh look and the traditional clamshell bonnet features a double break line and centre bulge. As with every Jeep since 1941, the wheels are housed in trapezoidal wheel arches.

More modern touches include an available dual-pane glass sunroof, which provides drivers and passengers with open-air freedom.

Another standout feature at the rear of the Compass is its unique LED rear lights which flow into the tailgate, making the Compass instantly recognisable.

Four trims are available: Sport, Longitude, Limited and Trailhawk (Trailhawk joins the range later in 2018).

Premium features such as adaptive cruise control, climate control, a heated steering wheel and a high-performance audio system are available.

For the ultimate off-road performance, Trailhawk models will feature raised suspension, more rugged tyres and unique bumpers which allow for greater ascent and descent angles.

Standard four-wheel drive Compasses have 20.8cm of ground clearance but the Trailhawk will go further still, increasing clearance to 21.6cm and setting a new benchmark for crossovers of this size.

A range of powerful, yet fuel-efficient, engines are available in the new Compass: 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre MultiJet II diesel units and two 1.4-litre turbocharged petrols. 

Customers can choose between 140hp and 170hp outputs for both the 1.4-litre and the 2.0-litre engines, the 1.6-litre has an output of 120hp.

Four-wheel drive is fitted to the 170hp petrol engine and both 140hp and 170hp 2.0 diesels, while the most powerful variants feature a nine-speed automatic gearbox.

Fleet customers will find the lowest running costs will come from the front-wheel-drive, six-speed manual powered by the 1.6-litre MultiJet II diesel engine which emits 117g/km of CO2.

Safety and security were paramount in the development of the Jeep Compass and more than 70 active and passive safety and security features are available.

Forward Collision Warning-Plus will warn and assist the driver in avoiding or mitigating an incident. 

Similarly, LaneSense Lane Departure Warning-Plus will help the driver to prevent the car from straying out of its current lane visually through the instrument cluster and actively on the steering wheel.

Further protection is provided by one of the most sophisticated airbag systems of its kind, with six standard airbags.

Other available features include Blind-spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Path detection, ParkView rear camera and electronic stability control with electronic roll mitigation.

 Inside, every inch of the Compass’s cabin has been sculpted to create the perfect environment for upscale adventures. 

High quality leather seats are available, providing optimal comfort for all occupants, with integrated heating.

Jeep’s new Uconnect infotainment system offers passengers communication, entertainment and navigation features. 

There is a choice of five- or 8.4-inch displays and the new line up is easier-to-use, faster and offers higher resolution graphics. 

Smartphone integration is seamless, thanks to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility on all 8.4-inch systems.

A seven-inch full colour display in the instrument cluster on Limited and Trailhawk versions integrates detailed navigation data, media information and a digital speed gauge.

Clever and thoughtfully designed storage solutions are found throughout, including a mesh side pocket in the front passenger footwell that can hold a notebook or tablet device, and a multi-level boot floor.

At the rear an electronic tailgate provides access to a 438-litre boot with a height-adjustable load floor.

Helping dealers to provide the best customer experience

FCA invests a significant amount of money in product training each year to ensure dealers are able to effectively demonstrate the capabilities of each new model to their customers. 

When a vehicle such as the new Jeep Compass comes to market it is imperative dealers understand exactly how each of its unique and market-leading features work, so customers can feel confident that the vehicle will perform as expected.

Therefore, the launch of every new product is supported by training events which allow dealer staff to get behind the wheel before it goes on sale.

As the new Compass is a multi-purpose vehicle, attendees were invited to put the car through its paces both on- and off-road.

To ensure dealers understood the finer details they also took part in interactive breakout sessions which looked at the vehicle’s market position, rivals and technical features.

A dedicated team of experts from FCA’s in-house ‘Unetversity’ delivers the equivalent of 20,000 training days per year to 4,000 members of dealer staff, across all FCA brands.

“The business heavily relies on the skills of well-trained staff and to support that we offer a wide range of courses and training materials, designed to help our dealerships improve their performance and achieve greater success,” said Tim Head, FCA training director.

A wide range of tools and resources are available, including interactive classroom sessions, web-based modules and new product launch events. 

The training is designed to ensure the core skills and competencies are placed with FCA network partners so dealers can be confident they can provide the highest level of customer experience.

“Dealers recognise that their success is dependent on having highly skilled people in place who are capable of delivering a great experience to customers,” said Head.

“We recognise the need to support our partners’ efforts in maximising all the opportunities that exist to provide the best customer experience possible.”

"We recognise the need to support our partners' efforts in maximising all the opportunities that exist"

Tim Head, FCA training director