2022 Jeep Compass Spied Showing More Lights, Less Grille
For Jeep fans around the world, current attention is focused in two directions. The new Grand Wagoneer is coming soon, as predicted by the concept that broke cover in early September. There’s also enthusiasm for a V8-powered Wrangler that could be coming, but changes are underway for the compact Compass as well.
This is only the second time that refurbished prototypes have been drawn to the public. The photos reach us thanks to Gabetz spy unit on Facebook, showing vehicles still fully camouflaged and carrying heavy front fascia covers. Despite the aggressive cover-up, we don’t expect to see a huge difference up front – Jeep’s iconic seven-blade grille will last even though it might increase in size slightly. The latest shots reveal new headlights that retain the basic styling of the current compass but appear narrower. Revisions to the lower fascia are also likely.
The rear is not obscured by thick coverings, although the camouflage does well to hide body lines. Still, the lack of upholstery suggests the changes at the rear aren’t nearly as dramatic. We can see redesigned taillights in what looks like a rear door very similar to the current compass. Very minor changes to the lower fascia should further separate the refurbished model from the current offering.
Previous sightings have given us a glimpse of the greenhouse, albeit from a distance. It was still enough for us to see a new tablet-style infotainment screen sitting atop the dashboard, which is completely different from the current model. As such, we think the bulk of this refresh will focus on creating a fresh interior with cleaner lines and fewer manual controls. Under the hood, we expect the current Compass powertrain options to stick around.
At this point, we expect to see the refreshed compact SUV unveiled next year, likely in the first quarter. That would make it a new global offering for the 2022 model year.