There's a new Jeep coming here soon, and it will slot in between the Renegade and the Cherokee. That model will be the Compass, and the company is saying that will be competitively priced. But before we get to the magic figure, let's talk about the crossover first.
As mentioned, this crossover sits in between the Renegade and Cherokee in terms of size. It measures in at 4,420 mm long, so it sits in the smaller spectrum of compact crossovers such as the Subaru XV. The design draws inspiration from its bigger siblings, namely the Cherokee and Grand Cherokee. This being a Jeep, it has the classic seven-slot grill design.
Inside, the dash follows the same design language seen in the Cherokee. There are the wide center stack and hexagonal patterns seen throughout the cabin. At the moment, we don't know the equipment levels of the Philippine-bound Compass, but we're expecting a lot of standard features fitted given Jeep's more premium positioning in the country.
Another mystery, for now, is its engine. That's because the Compass has a very wide range of powertrain options available. There's the compact 1.3 and 1.4-liter turbo mills that make something in the region of 130 to 180 PS, 1.6 and 2.0-liter turbodiesels, as well as 2.0 and 2.4-liter gas engines. We're placing our bets on the compact turbo engines. We're hoping we'll get the 180 PS version of the boosted 1.3-liter engine.
Now for the price, and it's a lot lower than you might expect. Exact pricing isn't out yet but according to insiders, they say it will be less than PhP 2 million. With fully loaded crossovers now breaking the Php 2 million mark, this might be an interesting proposition for those looking for something different.
But how did Jeep price it that low? Well, supposedly Jeep Philippines will source the Compass from China. With it, the automaker will be able to take advantage of the China-ASEAN Free Trade Agreement (China-AFTA). It's also why Jeep said the 2020 Renegade will be less than, you guessed it, Php 2 million.
Of course, it will only be good value if the standard equipment list is comprehensive. Nonetheless, this new pricing strategy should bring in more people into Jeep dealerships in the country.