2021 Jeep Compass receives new tech and facelift inside and out

Strong-selling European SUV receives upgraded infotainment system and subtle styling tweaks.

Jeep has updated its strong-selling Compass SUV in Europe, ushering in a revamped interior and new exterior design cues for 2021. Jeep Australia is yet to announce timing for the update here.

The Compass is a core model in Europe for the Stellantis-owned American brand, accounting for 40 per cent of its sales in the region. The recently introduced 4xe variant is, Jeep says, now Italy’s best-selling plug-in hybrid.

The latest round of tweaks follow a subtle update last year that included the introduction of the Compass 4xe, which offers 139kW or 176kW and is capable of a claimed 42km electric range.

The PHEV has yet to go on sale in Australia.

The changes for 2021 are focused predominantly on the interior, where the Compass has gained a new 10.25in high-definition digital instrument cluster, with the infotainment touchscreen (available in either 8.4in or 10.1in forms) relocated to the middle of the dashboard for improved access.

The infotainment system itself has been upgraded with a processor five times faster, added connectivity features, smartphone mirroring functionality, voice recognition and 3D sat-nav.

At the same time, the centre console has been rearranged and some 4.4 litres of extra storage space has been added.

Changes to the outside are more subtle, but slimmer headlights and restyled bumpers help to differentiate the new Compass from the outgoing model.

The updated Compass is Jeep’s first European model to come equipped with Level 2 autonomous functions. Standard features include traffic sign recognition, drowsiness alert, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assistance.

Felix Page

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