Debuting at the Chicago Auto Show this week is a refreshed 2022 Jeep Compass. The changes to this small crossover are minor on the outside, but the interior has gotten a total gut job.
On the outside the front fascia has been revamped to include a new grille design. It is not dramatically different from the current Compass, but noticeable. Trailhawk versions also feature new red and black decals on the hood, as well as a new skid plate. While subtle, the changes do give the Compass a more mature appearance.
The headliner here is the interior. Jeep has completely gutted the Compass interior for 2022. The college dorm vibe of the current one has been swapped with a clean interior that could be described as elegant. With the focal point being a new 10.1-inch touchscreen, the interior design theme echoes that of the new Jeep Grand Cherokee. There’s premium switching on some surfaces and an integrated HVAC vent that runs the distance of the passenger area.
Interior enhancements are beyond skin deep. That new touchscreen features the latest UConnect 5 system, an Android-based system that allows for OTA updates, two phone Bluetooth connect and a host of new features versus today’s version. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is also part of the package here.
While Trailhawk, Limited, and the new Latitude Lux receive the big 10.1-inch screen, Sport and Latitude buyers get an 8.4-inch version. A new 10.25-inch gauge cluster display is also offered on certain trim levels.
Jeep is also adding a ton of new tech features to the 2022 Compass. Full-speed collision warning, active lane management, lane keep, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-path detection have all been added to the standard feature list. Pedestrian and cyclist emergency braking is also standard, while a surround-view camera and traffic sign recognition are optional.
Jeep says to also expect a new semi-autonomous highway driving feature will come later.
Despite the long list of interior and tech changes, mechanical changes are minor at best. The same 2.4-liter four-cylinder making 177 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque is carrying over from the 2021 model. Front-wheel drive models will feature a six-speed automatic, while all-wheel-drive variants get a nine-speed gearbox. Jeep does say the suspension and other drivetrain components have been updated to improve the drive.
The updated 2022 Jeep Compass will arrive in dealerships this fall.