The 2022 Jeep compass showed up at the Chicago Auto Show on Wednesday, and while there are a bunch of subtle changes to the exterior design and content availability, the big change is the interior. Based on these new photos, it is in a different league than the cabin of the 2021 Jeep Compass.
Let’s get right to the point. Here’s the interior of the outgoing 2021 Jeep Compass:
And here is the new interior:
As heavily retouched as this interior photo is, the overall design is clearly much, much cleaner. This is a surprisingly in-depth interior update to a vehicle that is, by and large, a legacy of the outgoing model year.
The new steering wheel gets rid of the Jeep round badge with its round chrome center ring. A rectangular Jeep badge takes their place. It’s a bit more adult, I think:
The dashboard is also more developed, which gets rid of the thick plastic around the vents and the infotainment system. Now the screen has a thin bezel and the vents are better integrated into the dashboard.
The huge expanse of black plastic that once made up the dashboard – especially on the passenger side – has been broken up by chrome trim and what looks like stitched, colored fabric. The switches at the base of the center stack – switches that I thought looked a bit silly due to their spacing and being on a fairly large flat surface – have been replaced with more widely spaced switches. on a thinner and smoother surface. .
What a huge step forward, even if it’s a bit busy in some areas:
Since 2011, when the Compass gave up its ridiculously happy face, the baby Jeep has been mimicking the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Everything from the Compass’s headlights and grille to its interior, shared similar design cues with the premium Jeep.
So it makes sense that now that there is a brand new Grand Cherokee L, the Compass would have new innards that look a bit more modern. For reference, here is the new cabin of the Grand Cherokee L. You will notice a similar steering wheel and somewhat similar dashboard layout:
For comparison, the cabin of the outgoing Grand Cherokee shared the old Compass’s round Jeep badge in the steering wheel, plastic trim around the vents and center console, and widely spaced buttons below the screen:
The Compass doesn’t have new bones like the Grand Cherokee, but to be fair, the little Jeep has been sitting on the Fiat-based Small-Wide platform since only 2017 (model year), while the Grand Cherokee has been sitting. on the same bone since 2011.
I’m surprised Jeep hasn’t announced new powertrain options. Still under the hood is the same low-power 2.4-liter naturally aspirated “Tigershark” engine developing 177 horsepower and 172 lb-ft of torque and mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. Jeep said so plans to electrify its entire range by 2022, and there is already a Hybrid compass sold in Europe, so I wouldn’t be surprised to hear about a Compass plug-in in the near future.
As for the exterior styling, the changes are subtle. Here is the old model in Trackhawk form:
And here is the 2022:
The center grille opening got larger, Jeep gave up trying to disguise the upper grille “slits” as real slits by replacing the faux mesh with dull parts, the headlights are different, the fog lights have changed, and there are a bunch of other subtle alterations.
Here’s what the old non-Trailhawk looked like:
And here is the new model in non-Trailhawk form; it looks a bit loaded up front with its center grille that blends into the fog lights and wider lower grille:
Jeep also mentions that the new Compass benefits from a “modified steering gear”, new suspension tuning and “Highway Assist”, which Jeep defines as a “semi-autonomous driving system” offering “Hands on the wheel and eyes on the automated road driving using lane centering with adaptive cruise control. Automated emergency braking is now standard and a new optional traffic sign recognition system communicates with speed limit and no-overtaking signs.
But the real story is this interior. It looks like a quantum leap.