4 June marks an important date for Jeep: after months of lockdowns and factory standstills, the 2020 version of the blockbuster model, the Compass, has been unveiled. In addition, FCA announced that production will return to Italy, to the Lucania plant in Melfi, which is already busy producing the Jeep Renegade and the 500X.
The official presentation, strictly online, was attended by the most important names in the Italian-American brand: Santo Ficili (Head of FCA Italy Business Center & Emea Sales Operations), Jeff Hines, (Head of Jeep Brand Emea), Marco Pigozzi (Jeep Brand Emea Product Marketing Director) and Carlo De Marino (Chief Engineer Global Small Engine Family) took turns to present the many new features of the Compass model.
Updates to the MY 2020 Jeep Compass have focused on improving efficiency, with the adoption of a new engine and gearbox, connectivity, through the installation of the latest version of the Uconnect service, and aesthetic refinements with the arrival of new colours and wheels.
The Jeep Compass will be available in the familiar Multijet II 1.6 diesel variant with 120 hp and 320 Nm and the new 130 and 150 hp turbocharged 1.3 petrol with 270 Nm. The 130 bhp diesel and petrol will be available with a manual gearbox, while the 150 bhp version will be available with the Ddct dual-clutch automatic with sport driving mode and sailing function on release, and all will be front-wheel drive.
Production of the 190 and 240 hp 4xe plug-in hybrid models with all-wheel drive and a 1.3-litre turbo petrol engine combined with electric power will begin in the second half of the year. Other technical innovations common to all models produced in Italy for the European market relate to the calibration of the power steering and the adoption of shock absorbers with Fsd technology, which have reduced roll and improved driving precision without compromising comfort. The dimensions remain unchanged: 4,394 mm in length, 1,819 mm in width, 1,624 mm in height, 2,636 mm in wheelbase and 198 mm in ground clearance. The luggage compartment ranges from a minimum of 438 to a maximum of 1,387 litres, depending on the position of the rear seats.
The C-SUV made in Melfi, at the time of the launch, is available in four versions, Longitude, Night Eagle, Limited and S, while waiting for the 4xe plug-in. The price list starts at 28,750 euros for the units equipped with the 130 bhp 1.3 petrol engine in Longitude trim, and reaches the top of the range with the S version with diesel engine at 36,500 euros. In addition, in order to bring customers closer to the Jeep world, FCA has come up with a new financing formula, the Jeep Excellence by FCA Bank with “Triple Zero”, i.e., zero down payment, zero interest and zero instalments in 2020 and payments from January 2021.
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