Jeep® Takes The Cover Off Its New “Advanced 2.0-Liter Turbo” Compass!

The popular Jeep® Compass (MP) C-SUV builds on last year’s highly successful mid-cycle action (MCA) and enters the 2023 model year with an all-new powertrain.

In September, discovered several documents posted on Stellanti’s fleet website showing that the 2023 Jeep Compass would use the same turbocharged engine found under the hood of the Grand Cherokee (WL) and Wrangler (JL). Shortly after we published our findings, Stellantis quickly removed the details from its fleet website.

2023 Jeep® Compass High Altitude. (Jeep).

But now Stellantis has decided it’s time to reveal its 2023 Jeep Compass and reveal it. A new powertrain is standard across the range with a new turbocharged engine, new 8-speed automatic transmission and standard four-wheel drive (4×4).

The surprising thing is that the powertrain update is completely different from what we thought it would be. But in a good way.

Engine –

Turbocharged 2.0-liter (GME-T4) four-cylinder in-line engine. (Jeep).

We’ve learned that the Compass will use the turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four (also known as the GME-T4) much differently than the rest of the current vehicles in the Chrysler Group portfolio, and that includes the Compass’ new corporate cousin: the 2023 Dodge Hornet C-UV.

Unlike the Hornet, which will also have the GME-T4 engine that requires premium unleaded fuel (93 octane), the Compass will only require regular unleaded fuel (87 octane). The results are a huge difference in output, but that may not be a bad thing considering how much people are spending at the pump these days. A brilliant move in my opinion to help distance the two C-UVs, which will begin competing against each other in many dealer showrooms in Q1 2023 across North America.

2023 Jeep® Compass High Altitude 4×4. (Jeep).

For reference, the standard unleaded fuel Compass is rated at 200 horsepower and 221 lb.ft. (300 N•m) of torque, while the more performance-oriented premium-powered Hornet will deliver 268 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. (400 N•m) of torque.

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has also given the 2023 Jeep Compass a fuel economy rating of 24 MPG city / 32 MPG highway / 27 MPG combined. Official numbers for the Hornet have not been released yet.

2023 Jeep® Compass Trailhawk 4×4. (Jeep).

The move to the turbocharged engine comes after years of owners complaining about the sluggishness of the naturally aspirated 2.4-liter Tigershark inline-four that sat under the hood since the current generation was launched in 2017.

The new 2.0-liter engine features a twin-scroll, low-inertia turbocharger with an electrically operated wastegate for exceptional responsiveness and performance, even when traversing rough terrain. The turbo is mounted directly on the cylinder head to reduce emissions and improve durability. A dedicated cooling circuit lowers the temperature of the intake air, throttle body and turbocharger. It is also equipped with engine stop-start (ESS) technology to save fuel when the vehicle is stationary.

Standard 4×4 Capability –

2023 Jeep® Compass Trailhawk 4×4. (Jeep).

As we said before, every 2023 Jeep Compass sold in the US or Canada now comes standard with 4×4. In the case of the Compass, two Jeep 4×4 systems are available: Jeep® Active Drive & Jeep® Active Drive Low.

The standard Jeep Active Drive 4×4 system standard on all models (except Trailhawk) features a rear axle disconnect that seamlessly switches between two- and four-wheel drive to increase efficiency when 4×4 capability is not needed. The Selec-Terrain® Traction Management System manages traction to give you all-weather capability in four modes: Auto, Snow, Sport and Sand/Mud.

2023 Jeep® Compass Trailhawk 4×4. (Jeep).

For the die-hard off-roaders out there, the Jeep Compass Trailhawk is equipped with the Jeep Active Drive Low 4×4 system. The system gives the Compass Trailhawk best-in-class 4×4 capability thanks to a 20:1 crawl ratio and low Trail Rated range® ability. The system also adds a fifth mode: Rock.

Selec-Terrain includes standard Hill-decent Control on Trailhawk models. Back-decent Control maintains vehicle speed on steep, uneven slopes by actively controlling the brakes, allowing the driver to focus on steering.

The 2023 Compass features a class-exclusive fully disconnect rear axle and Power Transfer Unit (PTU) to provide improved fuel economy. Jeep Active Drive and Active Drive Low 4×4 systems activate immediately when 4×4 traction is needed.

New 8-speed automatic transmission –

2023 Jeep® Compass Trailhawk 4×4. (Jeep).

A new 8F30 8-speed automatic transmission makes its debut in the 2023 Jeep Compass. As standard across the range, the new 8-speed provides a more responsive driving experience according to Jeep, with faster acceleration and smoother shifting. The new transmission allows the Compass to optimize engine output for smooth, efficient power delivery at highway speeds.

The 8-speed has also been specially calibrated for the Compass 4×4 system. That includes the Trailhawk, which gives the Trail Rated model a rock-crawl first gear of 4.71:1. It’s mated to a 4.398 final drive to deliver the Trailhawk’s 20:1 class-leading crawl ratio.

2023 Jeep® Compass Trailhawk 4×4. (Jeep).

The 2023 Jeep Compass will be available in five basic trim levels (Sport, Latitude, Latitude LUX, Limited and Trailhawk). Ordering has begun with the first models scheduled to arrive in January 2023. For more information on ordering a 2023 Compass, please contact your local Jeep dealer.

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