CHICAGO – Jeep is updating one in every of its smallest SUVs with new applied sciences and a redesigned inside forward of the brand’s push into electric vehicles.

New options on the 2022 Jeep Compass embody lively emergency braking and blind-spot monitoring as normal security applied sciences in addition to elective 10-inch inside screens and an out there driver-assist freeway system.

The compact Compass SUV is the model’s best-selling automobile globally. The brand new mannequin is scheduled to reach in North American showrooms beginning at $24,995 – $500 greater than the present mannequin – within the fall.

Jim Morrison, Jeep’s head of North America, mentioned the added options and refreshed design are supposed to make the Compass “much more fascinating” within the growingly aggressive small SUV phase.

Lots of the updates had been targeted on the inside design and know-how of the automobile, whereas the outside options minor modifications to higher match different SUVs in Jeep’s lineup.

“Our aim was to boost client expectations of what a compact SUV inside ought to appear and feel like,” mentioned Chris Benjamin, Jeep’s North American director of inside design.

The automobile, which is produced at a plant in Mexico, is powered by a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine linked to a six- or nine-speed automated transmission. The gasoline economic system of the automobile is 25 mpg mixed, together with 22 mpg within the metropolis and as much as 31 mpg freeway.

The Compass is a vital SUV to Jeep. It’s a gateway automobile alongside the smaller Renegade SUV that have a tendency to draw new and youthful consumers to the model.

Jeep is about to unveil the 2022 Compass on Wednesday on the Chicago Auto Present. Its debut comes lower than per week after its dad or mum firm, Stellantis, promised to take a position about $35.5 billion into vehicle electrification. The funding consists of an all-electric Jeep in each SUV phase, executives mentioned.

Jeep at present solely gives a plug-in hybrid electrical model of its Wrangler SUV within the U.S. It additionally has introduced plans for a PHEV of its Grand Cherokee later this yr.

PHEV variations of the Compass and Renegade SUVs are at present out there in Europe. However Jeep has not mentioned these variations will come to the U.S.

PHEVs mix plug-in battery know-how with conventional inside combustion engines, whereas EVs are solely powered by batteries and electrical motors. Jeep is asking its electrified autos “4xe” fashions, a play on the model’s off-road fame mixed with electrification.

Stellantis was fashioned through a $52 billion merger between Fiat Chrysler and PSA Groupe in January. It has 14 manufacturers together with Jeep, Ram, Opel, Fiat, Peugeot and Maserati.