It’s only the second time we’ve spotted this curious Jeep crossover, but these new spy photos serve an important purpose. Our first glimpse caught a vehicle draped in thick camouflage, but now we can clearly see Jeep’s seven-bar grille behind lighter covers. You can also easily see the elongated rear of this compact CUV which hides a third row of seats. But don’t call it a big compass, or even a compass for that matter.
There’s still a lot we don’t know about this new seven-seater, but we do know it’s basically a stretched compass despite the name game. Our sources say it’s based on the current Compass and will share design cues both inside and out with the familiar two-row model. It won’t be a carbon copy – we can see the nuances of the new Grand Cherokee peaking through the front camouflage, especially with the LED lights at the corners of the front fascia. The wheel arches have the thick Compass shape, however, and looking very closely at the rear we can make out the sloped D-pillar glass which is also a hallmark of Compass.
Under the hood, we hear that this seven-seater could receive a 2.0-liter turbocharged diesel engine developing around 200 horsepower (149 kilowatts), turning all four wheels thanks to a nine-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive models could have a smaller 1.3-liter turbocharged gasoline mill producing 180 hp (134 kW), also using the nine-speed car. If this sounds familiar, the current Compass offers 180 hp and a nine-speed transmission, although it uses a 2.4-liter engine.
As to what this three-row compact will be called, we’re still completely in the dark about that. It is also doubtful exactly where this no-compass people mover will be offered. With the Jeep Grand Cherokee L and the upcoming Grand Wagoneer aimed at US buyers, there is a chance that this smaller offering will be relegated to other markets. Either way, we should know something later this year, as we expect a full reveal by the end of 2021.