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Jeep Compass Gets Standard 2.0-Liter Turbocharged Engine

Building on the redesign for the 2022 model year, the 2023 Jeep Compass is getting a boost of performance with the introduction of a turbocharged powertrain, the automaker announced.

The 2023 Compass is newly equipped with a standard 200-horsepower 2.0-liter engine and available in five different trims: Sport, Latitude, Latitude LUX, Limited and Trailhawk.

Newly standard on all Jeep Compass trims, the Jeep Active Drive 4×4 system is fully automatic and delivers in and out of four-wheel drive, at any speed with no driver intervention.

Providing the Compass Trailhawk with improved off-road capability, Jeep Active Drive Low builds on the Jeep Active Drive 4×4 system and affords a 20:1 crawl ratio and low range for 4×4 Trail Rated capability.

Both Jeep Active Drive and Active Drive Low 4×4 systems include the Jeep Selec-Terrain system, providing up to four modes (Auto, Snow, Sand/Mud modes, plus exclusive Rock mode on the Trailhawk model) for driver controllable, four-wheel-drive performance on- or off-road and in all weather conditions.

For even greater Trail Rated off-road capability, Selec-Terrain includes standard Hill-descent Control on Trailhawk models. The 2023 Compass also features a fully disconnecting rear axle and power-transfer unit (PTU).

Now standard, the 2.0-liter direct injection turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine is rated at 200 horsepower and 221 lb.-ft. of torque and is mated to a new eight-speed automatic transmission. The 2.0-liter I-4 features a twin-scroll, low inertia turbocharger with an electric actuated waste gate for improved responsiveness and performance, Jeep engineers said, even while traversing over difficult terrain. The turbo is mounted directly to the cylinder head to reduce emissions and improve durability, and a dedicated cooling circuit lowers the temperature of the intake air, throttle body and turbocharger.

For the 2023 Compass, unique appearance and special edition packages continue, Jeep said.

Exterior styling is elevated on the Limited trim with the High Altitude package. Design elements introduced include body-color painted front and rear lower fascias with Neutral Grey accents, painted side flares, dual-pane panoramic sunroof, a full suite of premium LED lighting and 19-inch painted Granite Crystal aluminum wheels.

Redesigned for the 2022 model year, the 2023 Compass interior features signature Jeep design elements, high-quality materials and state-of-the-art technology, Jeep designers said.

Accessories offered on the 2023 Compass include an available 10.25-inch frameless full-color thin-film transistor (TFT) digital cluster, a standard 10.1-inch digital infotainment touchscreen, Uconnect 5 with standard wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, an available wireless charging pad and an available premium Alpine nine-speaker audio system.

Based on the well-appointed Limited trim, the special-edition Compass (RED) model helps fund life-saving health programs around the world through a multi-brand Stellantis partnership with the (RED) campaign, Jeep said. Distinctive design features include Redline Red painted mirror caps, body-color roof and lower cladding, 19-inch aluminum painted wheels, black leather-trimmed bucket seats, Uconnect 5 with 10.1-inch digital touchscreen display and unique (RED) badging. Exterior paint colors expand to now include Diamond Black and Billet Silver along with Redline Pearl-Coat.

The Altitude package for the Latitude model provides a blacked out appearance package that includes 18-inch Gloss Black aluminum wheels, Gloss Black exterior badges and accents and black-painted roof. The interior includes black premium cloth/vinyl seats with black stitching, a premium-wrapped steering wheel and Piano Black accents.

The 2023 Jeep Compass also receives an updated wheel lineup, with distinctive designs up to 19 inches and blacked-out options. The Trailhawk model comes equipped with a new painted Gloss Black wheel, while Sport and Latitude models receive a new and distinctive 17-inch painted alloy wheel design.

A.J. Hecht

A.J. Hecht is the associate editor of THE SHOP and host of the In Gear with THE SHOP podcast. Have an idea, a tip, or a question you’d like to see answered? Contact A.J. at ahecht@cahabamedia.com.

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