The new unit, which made its debut on the Fiat 500X crossover, is available in 128bhp form with a six-speed manual gearbox and 148bhp form with a new six-speed dual-clutch automatic. Both units put out 30lb ft more torque than the 1.4 petrol they replace.
Both are also front-wheel drive only, whereas the previous Compass was offered in just 4x4 form with an automatic ’box. Jeep claims a 27% reduction in CO2 emissions and a 30% improvement in fuel economy compared with the old 1.4-litre 4x4 auto models.
The new dry dual-clutch gearbox also brings a Sport mode that, along with adjusting shift behaviour, holding on to a lower gear and boosting throttle response, also increases the steering weight.
Elsewhere, Jeep will offer a plug-in hybrid 4xe version, which uses the same 1.3-litre petrol mated to a rear-axle electric motor to enable all-wheel drive, in the second half of this year. The 4xe can be had in 187bhp and 237bhp forms. Finally, the 1.6-litre diesel now gets selective catalytic reduction to cut particulate emissions.
Further mechanical revisions include a retuned steering rack claimed to be lighter and more progressive, plus new shock absorbers to reduce body movements and improve braking stability.
Styling upgrades are more modest and include five new exterior colours, available in combination with a black roof, and six new wheel designs. A redesigned tonneau cover also features.
The Compass also receives new technology, including Jeep’s Uconnect services, across the range, providing an array of online functions and the ability to connect the car to a mobile app or smartwatch. The 4xe models will feature tech such as cabin pre-conditioning, too.