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Jeep have announced the 2017 Jeep Compass, what they are calling the “most capable compact SUV ever”, with the “most advanced 4×4 systems in its class”.

The new model is based upon FCA’s ‘small wide 4X4 architecture’, which is also used on the stablemate Jeep Renegade and Fiat’s 500X and 500L. Despite having relatively softroading origins, increased ground clearance electronic traction and gearing controls allows reasonably good off-road capability.

This news comes not long after the announcement of the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk, which will also be coming to Australia in 2017. Jeep will be hoping this refreshed lineup will reverse falling sales figures, amid many problems surrounding vehicles warranties and recalls.

The Jeep Compass Trailhawk interior

The Jeep Compass Trailhawk interior

Australian punters can expect the punchy 2.4 litre ‘Tigershark’ powerplant under the bonnet of the Compass, combined with either a six-speed manual or nine-speed automatic gearbox on 4X4 models. The Trailhawk model will sport a 20:1 low ratio, similar to the Renegade Trailhawk. Similarly, the Selec-Terrain system gives you a range of off-road modes, which can divert up to 100% or torque to one wheel.

Jeep® Compass interior, with new infotainment system

Jeep® Compass interior, with new infotainment systemJeep® Compass Limited

The 2017 Jeep Compass Trailhawk model will benefit from a slightly increased ride height (under one inch), and considering ride height isn’t exactly amazing, skid plates for when the inevitable happens and you start to bottom out off-road.

Another big advancement for the 2017 Jeep Compass is the addition of new Uconnect infotainment system, coming in a few different sizes dependant on spec level. These new units have greater processing power, high-resolution touchscreens, and smartphone connectivity in the form of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

2017 Jeep Compass Trailhawk

2017 Jeep Compass Trailhawk sports a few additional tweaks for better off-road performance.