A few days ago, we reported that the Jeep Compass will start under Php 2 million pesos. Jeep Philippines has stuck to that word as they have launched the compact crossover with a price tag of Php 1,850,000. But how much Jeep do you get for that price? Quite a lot, according to the spec sheet.
For that, you get a crossover with a comprehensive infotainment system. After all, this is Jeep we're talking about, and it's a brand that carries a premium tag here. It comes with Apple CarPlay, along with a hi-fi six-speaker audio system. You also get a USB port at the back, plus a dual-pane sunroof to bring more light into the cabin.
Then there's the comprehensive safety equipment. Not only does it have the usual traction control, and stability control, it even comes with what's called Electronic Roll Mitigation (ERM). With that feature, it should help this Jeep stay glued to the road even during emergency evasive maneuvers. For added peace of mind, the Compass comes standard with a reverse camera with sensors, motorized pre-tensioning seatbelts, trailer sway control, and occupant detection.
Inside, there's room for five occupants and a wide cargo bay. The dash follows the same design language seen in the Cherokee, too. There's the wide center stack, and hexagonal patterns are seen throughout the cabin to give the Compass a bit more flair inside.
As we surmised, the local-spec Compass uses a compact, four-cylinder turbocharged engine. The compact Jeep uses the boosted 1.4-liter from the Fiat Chrysler family. Dubbed the MultiAir engine, it's good for 162 PS and 250 Nm of torque. That puts it high up the horsepower race among its competition such as the Subaru XV, and Honda HR-V. It then shifts with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. However, this isn't a Jeep you could take out far into the trail as it's only available with a two-wheel-drive option.
The Compass sits in between the Renegade and Cherokee in terms of size. It measures in at 4,420 mm long, so it fits in the smaller spectrum of compact crossovers. The design draws inspiration from its bigger siblings, namely the Cherokee and Grand Cherokee. Being a Jeep, it of course has the classic seven-slot grill design. Local-spec models come with 17-inch alloy wheels, halogen projector headlights, roof rails, and LED taillights.
So how was Jeep Philippines able to price the Compass at Php 1,850,000? That's because they were able to take advantage of the ASEAN-China Free Trade Agreement or China-AFTA, with the Philippine-bound models assembled by GAC. With that sort of pricing, the Compass is an interesting alternative to the Japanese competition, and it's now more within the reach of many.