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2017 Jeep Compass off-road-ready ‘Trailhawk’ confirmed

November 21, 2016

Jeep revealed its new Compass small SUV earlier this year with few details, but now it’s been confirmed the company is going to launch a range-topping, off-road Trailhawk version.

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The Compass Trailhawk is set to follow in the footsteps of the recently-launched Grand Cherokee Trailhawk and the Renegade Trailhawk, offering better off-road capability than the regular models.

This will be a good thing for existing Compass owners looking to update, as the outgoing model isn’t available in an off-road-suitable trim level. It’s understood the special variant will be powered by the 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine, also seen in the Renegade Trailhawk.

Specific details are yet to be officially announced but, as you can see in these images, it will come with unique body trimmings with extra scratch-resistant plastic sections lower down and around the wheel arches, plenty of black highlights, and special tow hooks. There’s also bespoke alloy wheels wrapped in more aggressive all-terrain tyres, and a luxury interior with Trailhawk seats.

The Trailhawk will obviously adopt an all-wheel drive layout but the rest of the new Compass range is set to be offered with front-wheel drive like the Renegade which shares the same platform. A nine-speed auto, six-speed auto, and six-speed manual are all set to be offered too, depending on the variant and engine configuration.

Jeep will launch the new Compass as a replacement for both the existing Compass and Patriot next year. Australian prices and trim levels are yet to be confirmed.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.