The Auto Nation Group (ANG) is celebrating their 15th year as the official importer and distributor of Jeep, Chrysler, Dodge, and RAM vehicles in the Philippines here at the 2019 Manila International Auto Show (MIAS). Having recently launched the all-new generation Jeep Wrangler, getting a strong foothold in the premium SUV market is a goal for the Auto Nation Group. And what better way to catch the attention of would-be buyers than to preview one of Jeep’s most successful models to date, the all-new Jeep Compass.
We are proud to showcase the best of Jeep through our expanded line-up of SUVs in the Philippines. Our recent launch of the all-new generation Jeep Wrangler, and today’s launch of the all-new Compass here at the MIAS show Auto Nation Group’s solid commitment towards building a stronger presence for the Jeep brand in the Philippine market.
Alongside the all-new Jeep Compass will be a fleet of Jeep SUVs decked out in the best MOPAR accessories and parts, and of course, variants of the Renegade, Wrangler, and Cherokee. The introduction of the Jeep Compass also completes the global lineup of Jeep in the Philippines, that is, until the Gladiator comes knocking.
While we wait for the official prices, variants, and specifications to be revealed very soon, here’s what we know so far. Slotting itself above the Renegade but below the Cherokee, the Jeep Compass is a compact crossover that’s on its second generation, and enjoys a few updates for the upcoming model year. Naturally, we can expect the Compass to come with Jeep certified off-road credentials, as well as a premium cabin and recognizable Jeep design elements. Sharing much of the styling elements from its bigger brother, the Cherokee, the Compass is definitely a looker and has softer lines than the Renegade or Wrangler. Up front, the Compass wears its seven-slot grille and headlights well. Along the sides and in the back, the Compass is more modern – especially with a two-tone roof.
Globally, the Jeep Compass comes in a front-wheel drive or four-wheel drive configuration depending on the trim level, and three gasoline engine options are available – a 1.4L turbo, a 2.0L turbo, and a naturally aspirated 2.4L. If the local Wrangler spec is anything to go by, a diesel engine in the Compass is a long shot. We might have an option of either a six-speed or optional nine-speed automatic transmission. We also know that all Jeep models come with a 7-inch Uconnect infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard across the board. Advanced passive and active safety systems such as lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, and forward collision mitigation will likely be options. But if our review of the 2018 Jeep Renegade was anything to go by, we can expect lane keep assist and forward collision mitigation to be standard.
The Jeep Compass, built on Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s (FCA) “small wide architecture”, will have a fully independent suspension and a fancy front and rear strut system to aid in on-road dynamics. On the inside, we can expect a premium cabin with nice materials and nods to the recognizable Jeep design, plus thoughtful cargo solutions.
We’ll find out more as we get closer to it’s launch date in August, but we’re happy to see the entry of more premium models to cater to a wider number of customers. Keep an eye out for more news very soon.