Spy Shots: 2022 Jeep Compass

The current Jeep Compass has been around since 2017. It is therefore due for its mid-life update. Usually such updates require some testing, mostly around the company proving grounds and maybe a spin on the road. But why was this camouflaged, Michigan manufacturer-plated, Compass driven in downtown Boston in a Friday afternoon rush hour is beyond my understanding.

2022 jeep compass

Plug-in Hybrid

Jeep announced the 4xe plug-in hybrid versions of the Renegade and Compass for Europe sometime ago. That announcement did not mention the North American market, however. But if a global automaker is developing a new efficient hybrid powerplant for a global vehicle, it would be silly to think that such powerplant wouldn’t be global. Perhaps this is what was being tested in a busy Boston rush hour.

But if I was an automaker testing a new powerplant, in an otherwise mildly changed vehicle, why put camo all over it? It stuck out like sore thumb, with the irony being that no one would give an undisguised Compass of any kind a second look.

2022 jeep compass spy hybrid

Interior update

The big news for the Compass will be on the inside. Thus far its interior was just okay. It wasn’t bad but it could be improved. This is where, according to Autoblog, the 2022 will receive a huge tablet-like screen. Because of course. Expect ergonomic and material improvements, too.

I still don’t get why this camo’d Jeep Compass I spied was all alone in Boston traffic. Only the driver was in it and there were no other follow/lead vehicles. The driver looked to be slightly lost or at least nervous about driving here. It likely was not a local as driver used a blinkah and didn’t cut anyone off.

East Coast Editor. Races crappy cars and has an unhealthy obsession with Eastern Bloc cars. Current fleet: 4Runner, Integra, Regal, Lada

5 Comments

  1. I think it’s a shame that apart from the Wrangler (which successfully pulls off the retro look) and the Renegade (which fails to do so, horribly) the rest of the Jeep lineup is so blasé. You’d think that an automaker with such a rich heritage wouldn’t put out such milquetoast designs. I still admire the XJ for its ruler-straight body lines, and to my eyes, the round-headlight SJs exude a ruggedness that even the Wrangler doesn’t achieve. Jeep attempted something interesting with the 2014 Cherokee headlamps, then backtracked by restyling them to look like every other crossover out there. Why the timidity?

    Someone at Jeep needs to grow a pair and start putting out bolder designs.

  2. You don’t touch the obvious: This “camouflage” is more of an “attentoflage”, creating free buzz around a car that…yeah, no one would otherwise notice. Nice catch, still.

    1. Good term you coined there. Apparently wife attempted some “attentoflage” last week and I didn’t notice. It’s been doghouse ever since.

  3. Perhaps as a softer Jeep, rather than testing how well it handles fording, they wanted to see how well it handles Dunkin?

  4. Maybe it’s just getting old, but I care less about these “spy shots” than I used to. The modern camo wraps very effectively conceal what the car actually looks like, so there’s really nothing to learn.

    Besides, it’s a Compass. Yawn.

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