Jeep Compass hybrid 2020: specs, details and on-sale date

Full details and pictures of the Jeep Compass 4xe plug-in hybrid (PHEV) have been released

Jeep Compass 4xe plug-in hybrid

Full details and imagery of the new Jeep Compass 4xe plug-in hybrid have been revealed, with the car sporting the same blue styling accents as its Jeep Renegade 4xe stablemate. Jeep has already opened order books for a special Compass 4xe First Edition model in selected markets.

The Compass hybrid use the same petrol-electric drivetrain as the Jeep Renegade hybrid, with both badged '4xe' to designate their electrified status. The system consists of a 1.3-litre petrol engine driving the front wheels married to an electric motor drawing at the rear, with a maximum combined power output of 237bhp.

Jeep is promising a circa-30-mile range in fully electric mode for both the Compass and Renegade, along with sub-50g/km CO2 emissions and a charging time of just over an hour and a half from a 7.2kW wallbox. A 0-62mph acceleration time of around seven seconds is also expected.

The hybrid system has three operating modes (Hybrid, Electric, and E-save). The desired mode can be activated using the selector switch located in front of the gearlever. In all modes, the regenerative braking system recovers energy during deceleration or light braking.

Jeep Compass 4xe hybrid trim levels and specifications

At launch, the Compass hybrid was offered in First Edition specification, which could be ordered through a special web portal by customers in the UK and several other European countries until 9 March 2020.

Depending on the market, either 'Urban' (based on the regular S trim level) or 'Off-Road' (based on the regular Trailhawk trim level) versions were available. Both include what Jeep describes as "comprehensive technological and driving assistance features as standard, along with a full package of home and public recharging solutions" and come with the most powerful 237bhp form of the Jeep PHEV drivetrain.

Urban configuration rides on 19-inch wheels, while the more off-road-orientated Trailhawk gets 17s. Standard equipment on either encompasses bi-xenon headlights, the Jeep 'Uconnect' navigation system, smartphone integration, an 8.4-inch infotainment touchscreen and driver-assistance features such as a rear-view camera, park assistance, parking sensors, powered door mirrors and keyless go.

The regular Compass 4xe line-up includes three trim levels: Limited, S and Trailhawk. All have four-wheel-drive and six-speed automatic transmission, while there's a choice of two engine power levels: 187 or 237bhp. A range of customisation options is available, with up to 22 exterior colours. These include Alpine White, Glacier, Granite Crystal, Jetset Blue, Blue Shade, Sting Grey, Colorado Red, Carbon Black, Solid Black, Ivory Tri-Coat, Blue Italia and Techno Green. In addition, up to seven wheel designs are available.

Off-road technology

Speaking about the hybrid models' off-road prowess, Jeep's head of product marketing, Marco Pigozzi, has said that "The move from mechanical to electric all-wheel-drive is a massive improvement – it’s more capable than the conventionally powered Jeep. The enormous torque on offer from the electric motor allows [the car] to easily crawl over rocks and obstacles. And the fact that it’s mounted on the rear axle means [the car] is pushed up hills rather than pulled.”

Jeep says its plug-in hybrid technology enhances the off-road capability of the Compass, with the combination of two power sources resulting in more torque (50% more in the case of the 237bhp hybrid model versus the 168bhp diesel). Furthermore, as the rear axle is driven by a dedicated electric motor and not a prop shaft, the two axles can be separated and their torque controlled independently in a more effective way than a mechanical system.

The Jeep Selec-Terrain traction-control system offers five driving modes for different on and off-road conditions (Auto, Sport, Snow, Sand/Mud and Rock) as well as hill-descent control.

Interior and practicality

Jeep says that the small size of the charging module in the boot and the arrangement of the electric motor under the floor means that boot capacity is almost the same as for the conventional-engined version of the Compass, at 420 litres. The hybrid gets the same dual-function boot with a raised loading surface at the top and maximised loading capacity at the bottom. This layout means a spare wheel can be housed under the boot.