By Asian Journal Auto Editor

The Stellar Jeep line up offer a couple of Trailhawk versions of the Compass, Cherokee and Grand Cherokee models. The Trailhawk offshoots are of course trail rated with better traction, ground clearance, articulation, maneuverability and water wading abilities. Special unique details, equipment and graphic packages also make the Trailhawk model exclusive. Off roading wise, the Compass and Renegade use an Active Drive Low system with torque management and a 4WD Low mode. The Cherokee has the Active Drive Lock system that includes a locking rear differential for added capability while the Grand Cherokee offers the superb Quadra-Drive II full-time 4X4 system with transfer case and rear electronic limited-slip differential. Selec-Terrain traction management systems depending on the model, allow drivers to choose from Auto, Snow, Sport, Sand, Mud modes and, exclusively in Trailhawk models, there is a Rock mode for serious off-road challenges. Special all-weather or all-terrain tires add to the traction package. In addition all Trailhawk’s have uprated off-road suspension for added ground clearance, and skid plates protecting the fuel tank, front suspension, transfer case and transmission. Unique front and rear fascias improve approach and departure angles while additional electrical and body sealing, along with a raised air intake handle the challenges of river-fording or flood conditions.  Special badging rounds off the Trailhawk lineup, along with body-coloured or blacked-out accents, the black anti-glare hood decal and unique fascias set off by Trailhawk-specific Ruby Red tow hook, and unique badging.

The 2019 Jeep Compass Trailhawk is the mid-range variant of the Compass lineup, This cool Jeep comes with 17-inch aluminum and black finished wheels, keyless Enter ‘n’ Go feature with proximity feature enter and push-button start, leather wrapped steering wheel and cornering fog lamps The rear-seats fold flat, as does the front-passenger seat, allowing for a huge cargo area in the Compass. The Trailhawk’s equipment roster brings the price up to $30,306 plus any options, delivery and taxes. Our nice orange red test vehicle also came with a driver information display, Sirius satellite radio, auto-dimming interior mirror, leather-wrapped steering wheel. Power for the Compass is a 2.4 liter four-cylinder Tiger Shark MultiAir engine producing 180 horsepower and 175 lbs. torque. Front-wheel drive models get a 6-speed automatic, with a 6-speed manual available for select front- and all-wheel drive models. The automatic transmission on the other hand is via a 9-speed automatic transmission. Options include: Cold Weather Group, Premium Lighting Group, Trailer Tow Group, Safety & Security Group, Popular Equipment Group, Dual Pane Sunroof, Power Liftgate, Beats Audio, Uconnect w/ Nav. and other bits and pieces that can jack the price up, so choose carefully.

The interior is wonderfully rugged and functional Jeep with a no-nonsense simple layout that manages to look classy, elegant and interesting. Red details around the door speakers, and center console add to the interior enhancements. The excellent 8.4-inch UConnect system offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality. The amount of head- and leg-room for front passengers is very good, although the rear quarters are a tad tighter in the headroom and legroom department. The dual-pane panoramic roof, though is a nice touch and give an airy feel to the cabin.

On road, the Jeep Compass Trailhawk offers a rather firm ride and clearly shows its off-road chops with its ride. It can face off snow, mud, rocks and whatever the weekend off-road warrior wants to throw at it. It makes short work of any light trails. Fuel Consumption is rated at (City / Highway / Combined) L/100km: 10.8 / 7.8 / 9.5 L. To sum up, the Jeep Compass offer great value if you opt for the base Sport model starting at $23,808 and choose options wisely. The mid-level Trailhawk is a good upgrade from the sport version. It differentiates itself in terms of equipment, style and performance for not a lot more. Overall, you get a Compass that will get you plenty of kudos off the beaten track with its excellent off-road credentials. Highly recommended.

2019 Jeep Compass Trailhawk AWD Priced from $30,306 plus delivery and taxes.