The redesigned 2017 Compass is the key to Jeep's strategy to grow its global sales to more than 2 million units a year.
And the key to the Compass, as well as the smaller Jeep Renegade, is an innovative fuel-saving disconnecting driveline system developed by GKN.
GKN Driveline — a British company that traces its roots to making cannonballs during the Napoleonic wars — provides power take-off, axles, driveshafts and differentials for all Compasses and Renegades globally.
More importantly, considering Jeep's 2014-16 history of transmission-driveline problems, GKN provides the software that keeps the driveline system running smoothly.
"This system is very unique for us," explained Ray Kuczera, GKN's senior vice president for engineering. "It's the first time we actually did a complete all-wheel-drive system where we did everything, from the transmission differential to every link in the chain out to the wheels."