The 2017 Jeep Compass SUV will be the cheapest FCA's SUV in the Indian car market. It will be slotted between the Renegade and the Cherokee SUV in the company's global lineup. Scheduled to be launched in India in 2017, the SUV will rival against the likes of the Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour and the Hyundai Santa Fe.
Familiar Design - The new 2017 Jeep Compass looks like a baby Cherokee. The vehicle gets familiar Jeep design with most of its design elements borrowed from the bigger Grand Cherokee. It gets some angular bits and aggressive body parts from the Renegade, which makes it look more rugged.
The SUV features an aggressive front fascia that includes traditional Jeep's grille with horizontal slats and lots of chrome, and tapering headlamps. With squared off wheel arches and large alloy wheels, the new Compass offers a wide-shouldered profile.
The top-end model gets dual-tone exteriors with contrasting roof, and plenty of chrome highlights. The rear end of the SUV gets horizontally aligned taillamps with LED units, large bumper with skid plate and roof-mounted spoiler.
Loaded Cabin - The 2017 Jeep Compass gets most of the features that are available on the Grand Cherokee. It is equipped with goodies like 8-inch U-Connect infotainment system with GPS, Navigation & reverse camera display, climate control, push-button start, leather seats, etc.
Engine Specs - The India-spec model is likely to be offered in two engine options - 2.0-litre Tigershark petrol and 2.0-litre MJD diesel. While the former is capable of producing 160bhp and 145Nm of torque, the oil burner is good for 170bhp and 350Nm. Transmission options will include a 6-speed manual and an automatic unit.
Off-Roading Ability - The 2017 Jeep Compass Trailhawk variant is equipped with red two hooks, Wrangler Rubicon-style black alloys and contrasting black hood decal. The suspension has been increased by 20mm for better off-roading and there is an extra skid plates for under body protection. The diesel variant of the SUV is exclusively offered with Jeep's 4WD Active Drive Low System.
Locally Manufactured - The new Compass will be locally manufactured at FCA's Ranjangaon facility in India. It will also be exported to select international markets. To be priced aggressively, the new model will be launched in the country by mid-2017.
The Jeep Compass will be the most affordable Jeep SUV in India. Likely to be priced in the range of Rs 20 lakh to Rs 30 lakh, the SUV will rival against the Toyota Fortuner, Honda CRV and Ford Endeavour.