With an impressive redesign for 2022, the 2023 Jeep® Compass (MP) seeks to solve the only remaining problem plaguing compact C-segment SUVs: performance.
For 2023, Jeep has given the Compass a new engine and standard four-wheel drive (4×4) across its lineup. Under the hood is his turbocharged 2.0-liter in-line four-cylinder engine mated to his new eight-speed automatic transmission. This combination is good for 200 hp and 221 lb.-ft. Adjust torque and change the on-road characteristics of your compass for better responsiveness and passing ability.
Equipped with Engine Stop-Start (ESS) technology, this new powertrain delivers lower emissions and significantly improved speeds from 0 to 60 mph. The Turbo 2.0 Liter features a twin-scroll, low-inertia turbocharger with an electric wastegate for excellent responsiveness and performance, even when traversing difficult terrain. The turbo mounts directly to the cylinder head to reduce emissions and improve durability. A dedicated cooling circuit reduces the temperature of the intake, throttle body and turbocharger.
Hydraulic charge mounts absorb vibrations from the engine and keep them out of the cockpit, giving driver and passenger a smooth, premium feel. Drivers will also notice improved handling due to his larger rear stabilizer bar and unique tuning of the electronic power steering system.
The engine is part of the Stellantis Global Medium engine family and features Double Overhead Camshafts (DOHC), Dual Independent Camshaft Timing and a Cooled Exhaust Gas Recirculation (C-EGR) system.
Direct fuel injection combined with a turbocharger allows for more efficient combustion, lower emissions and improved performance. A fuel pump feeds the engine’s 2,900 psi high pressure common rail injection system. These high pressures improve fuel atomization and allow for more precise fuel delivery than port fuel injection systems.
The cast aluminum alloy cylinder head features central injectors and high-tumble intake ports. This combination provides high charge motion and balanced airflow for improved fuel efficiency and performance. To reduce emissions while increasing engine reliability, the cylinder head incorporates a water-cooled exhaust manifold.
The Turbo 2.0 liter has a 1,995cc total displacement, 84mm bore, 90mm stroke, low pressure sand cast aluminum block with cast iron liners. A cast aluminum piston with a 10:1 compression ratio has four valve pockets for dual variable valve timing. [VVT] system. Each cylinder bore is fitted with gallery-mounted piston oil cooling jets to limit piston temperatures, reduce spark knock and improve piston durability. Select-fit main and rod bearings allow for tighter clearances, reducing system oil demand and oil pump effort. Additionally, the floating piston pin uses a diamond-like coating (DLC) to reduce friction.
The high energy ignition system includes a high energy ignition coil for improved fuel efficiency. Precious metal spark plugs with iridium and platinum provide lasting durability. The spark plug in the center of the cam cover is easily accessible when service is required. Sodium-filled exhaust valves and plasma-coated piston rings also help extend engine life and enhance durability.
A variable displacement, two-stage oil pump provides high oil pressure at high speeds, but switches to a low pressure mode during normal driving conditions to improve fuel economy. Piston cooling is also managed by he two-stage oil pump, which improves fuel economy under normal driving conditions and increases durability in demanding, high-load engine operation. The large-capacity oil cooler extends the oil change interval and ensures engine durability.
A reverse-tooth primary chain drives both the intake and exhaust camshafts, minimizing noise. The camshafts are robotically assembled using hollow shafts to reduce weight. With a hollow shaft you get 3.5 pounds of weight. Reduced weight compared to comparable solid shafts.
A new 8-speed automatic transmission provides a responsive driving experience with quick acceleration and smooth shifting. With eight speeds, the 2023 Compass optimizes engine power for smooth, efficient power delivery on the highway. Standard on all Compass models, the eight-speed gear is particularly well-suited to the requirements of Trailhawk models. The Trail Rated 4×4 rock crawl ratio is made possible by combining a 4.71:1 first gear ratio with a 4.398 final drive ratio for a class leading 20:1 crawl ratio.
But what about fuel? Thanks to the models already built for dealer showrooms this week, we get to see the official EPA fuel economy rating for the first time thanks to a window sticker.
According to 2023 window stickers, the new Turbo 2.0-liter, 8-speed automatic with 4×4 powertrain is a 24 MPG City/32 MPG Highway/27 MPG combination. That’s a 2 MPG improvement across the board compared to his 2022 Jeep Compass 4×4, which pairs his naturally aspirated 2.4-liter Tigershark in-line four with his 9-speed automatic.
I can’t wait to get behind the wheel of the 2023 Jeep Compass. When I spent some time with his off-road-oriented Trailhawk model last year, my biggest gripe was the lame-duck powertrain.
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