2022 Jeep Compass begins ascent in compact crossover phase
Ivan Drury, senior supervisor of insights for Edmunds, does not suppose Jeep can be content material with “middle-of-the-pack efficiency” within the gross sales race.
One solution to make an upward transfer, Drury mentioned, is to broaden the portfolio with an electrified Compass.
Drury pointed to the success of the top-selling RAV4, which has a various slate of choices, from a traditional hybrid to the RAV4 Prime plug-in hybrid. On prime of that, he mentioned, there are the normal gasoline fashions that embrace the TRD trim for these searching for off-road functionality.
The RAV4 Hybrid had its finest first half ever, with 86,673 gross sales, up 65.5 % from the year-earlier interval, Toyota mentioned. RAV4 Prime gross sales via June rose 5 % to 10,153.
Drury mentioned the phase calls for electrified powertrains.
“Whether or not or not it’s plug-in hybrid, full-on EV or simply a typical hybrid, that is one thing that positively offers a leg up,” Drury mentioned.
“It’ll add parity as a result of we see so many plug-in hybrids and hybrids on this realm already.”
Karl Brauer, government analyst at iSeeCars.com, mentioned a plug-in hybrid variant would work within the U.S.
“We have seen actually constructive reactions to each [Jeep] 4xe model that has come to date,” Brauer mentioned. “In the event that they wished so as to add that part to the Compass, it will solely additional bolster its competitiveness in that class and lengthen the time-frame of which the automotive ought to be able to robust gross sales.”