After a midlife refresh in 2021, Jeep has introduced a new Night Eagle entry grade and added two percent to the price of its midsize SUV
The Jeep Compass small SUV was the American carmaker’s second best-selling vehicle in Australia last year behind the soon-to-be-replaced Grand Cherokee large SUV with 1361 sales, accounting for 1.1 percent of the midsize SUV market segment.
Jeep has also introduced a new entry-level Compass grade – the $39,950 Night Eagle – that effectively replaces the Launch Edition while retaining that car’s 129kW/229Nm ‘Tigershark’ 2.4-litre four-cylinder petrol mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
The front-wheel drive Night Eagle gets a 7.0-inch partially digitised driver’s display, wireless charging, black 18-inch alloy wheels and keyless entry.
Moving up to the Limited ($45,350 before on-road costs) adds all-wheel drive, a nine-speed automatic transmission and ‘terrain select’ controls. Inside you also get leather upholstery, eight-way electric front seats, a 10.25-inch digital driver’s display and a 10.1-inch touchscreen with navigation.
The S-Limited swaps grey plastic for body colour on the cladding, wears 19-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels and features a contrasting black roof.
The upper trim S-Limited’s sound system is upgraded to a nine-speaker Alpine set-up and you also get contrast stitching on the leather seats for a $48,350 (before on-road costs) asking price.
At the top of the Compass range is the Trailhawk which is the only grade to get a 2.0-litre ‘Multijet’ turbo-diesel four-cylinder with 125kW of power and 350Nm of torque.
Jeep’s off-road-focused Trailhawk package includes smaller 17-inch alloy wheels shod in all-terrain tyres, set off by visible tow hooks and a snazzy decal pack.
The $53,650 Compass Trailhawk earns Jeep’s ‘Trail Rated’ badging thanks to raised suspension, a more comprehensive off-road selector, a lower diff ratio and added underbody protection.
Prices listed are before on-road costs
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