2021 Jeep Compass: Refresh, PHEV, Release Date

The upcoming 2021 Jeep Compass refresh brings several interesting novelties and the biggest one is definitely the addition of a plug-in hybrid version. The new variant of the subcompact crossover will bring lots of great things, including a respectable amount of power and more than a decent EV range. Unfortunately, this version won’t be available in North America, at least not in the next year. The biggest change the North American version is about to see is the discontinuation of a manual gearbox. Versions with a stick won’t be available anymore, just those ones with the automatic shifter.

All this means that you may count on a familiar design, which brings several benefits. This crossover offers pretty solid off-road performances, as well as nice interior design. Furthermore, the amount of tech goodies in the offer is more than decent, while we particularly like FCA’s well-known, super-intuitive infotainment system. On the other side, some of the biggest drawbacks are small cargo area, lethargic engine and poor predicted reliability ratings. The 2021 Jeep Compass release date should be scheduled for the last quarter of the year.

2021 Jeep Compass Hybrid

2021 Jeep Compass Get’s Plug-In Hybrid Version

The biggest novelty for the next year is definitely the introduction of the PHEV Compass. This model will come with the same setup as the new Renegade. This means that a small 1.3-liter turbocharged engine will serve as a basis. In addition, you may count on two electric motors, one for each axle. So, the total output will go around 240 horsepower. That is a significant boost compared to the current engine lineup and which is something that promises strong acceleration and overall performances.

This system will also include an 11.4-kWh battery pack. That should be enough to ensure quite a decent all-electric range that should go around 30 miles.

2021 Jeep Compass Engine

Other than the new PHEV version, things under the hood will remain pretty much the same for the next year. The 2021 Jeep Compass hybrid definitely promises a lot. Sill, North American drivers will probably put the focus on a familiar 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. This naturally-aspirated engine delivers around 180 horsepower and it definitely won’t impress you with its capabilities. Still, daily commuters will certainly find it okay.

A big novelty for the next year is that the manual gearbox won’t be in the offer anymore. The new model will remain available with 6- and 9-speed automatic transmission only, depending on the trim level you chose. When it comes to fuel economy, you may count on about 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. These ratings aren’t great for the class and most rivals feature way better numbers.

In other parts of the world, particularly in Europe, you can get models with a smaller and more efficient 1.3-liter turbocharged engine, as well as on a diesel version.

2021 Jeep Patriot Compass

2021 Jeep Compass Design

The upcoming model won’t feature any particular change in terms of the base design. The new model will carry with the same mechanics, while bigger changes in terms of aesthetics shouldn’t come either. Therefore, you may count on a familiar look, which comes in a typical Jeep manner, with familiar design solutions and overall shape.

The same thing goes for the 2021 Jeep Compass interior. Bigger changes are not expected, so you may count on the same dashboard design, which looks good and features solid quality. Still, we have to say that many rivals look more opulent from the inside, particularly because of more tech goodies in the offer. The amount of passenger space is typical for the class, though the cargo area is smaller compared to what you get from most rivals.


We don’t expect to see bigger additions in terms of standard equipment for the next year. Therefore, base models should come equipped with things like a 7-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, two USB ports, a six-speaker sound system, dual-zone automatic climate control, and push-button start. Furthermore, you can get upgrades like an 8.4-inch infotainment touch screen, a navigation system, a nine-speaker Alpine premium audio system, a Beats premium audio system, HD Radio, satellite radio, a dual-pane sunroof, remote start etc.

2021 Jeep Compass Interoir

When it comes to safety features, a rearview camera is the only thing you get in base models. Fortunately, there is much more on the list of options. Some of the notable available safety features are things like forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, automatic high-beam headlights, rain-sensing windshield wipers etc.

2021 Jeep Compass Release Date and Price

When it comes to the 2021 Jeep Compass release date, we expect that the new model will come sometime in the last quarter of the year. The price should remain pretty much the same, so base models will probably go around 22.500 dollars. Key players in the segment are models like Honda HR-V, Toyota C-HR, Hyundai Kona, Kia Soul etc.

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