Estimated to be priced around 20 lakh – Rs 25 lakh, the 2017 Jeep Compass will become the most affordable SUV from the American automaker in India.
Jeep’s much talked about debut in India last year with two of its iconic models – Wrangler Unlimited and Grand Cherokee – was a stepping stone in Fiat’s India strategy. Carrying a lofty price tag, both the SUVs cater to the elite class that accounts for a small share in the Indian market. Taking this into consideration, the company is planning to bring something more affordable for the Indian buyers. Christened Jeep Compass, it will be the third SUV and the cheapest offering from the American carmaker for the Indian market. Globally, the 2017 Jeep Compass will replace the current model and the Patriot models in Jeep’s range of cars. Therefore, the SUV will be produced in both right and left hand wheel drive.
In India, Jeep Compass will be manufactured at Fiat’s production facility at Ranjangaon, Maharashtra. Expected to launch by mid-2017, the India-spec model is estimated to be priced aggressively due to comprehensive localisation. It is expected that Jeep Compass could be priced up to Rs 25 lakh, facing heat from Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour, Hyundai Santa Fe and Honda CR-V in the segment. For power, it could use Fiat’s 2.0 litre Multijet II oil burner with a choice between a manual and automatic unit. There could be a petrol version as well, powered by the 2.0-litre Tigershark unit. Off-road equipment will be standard on the range topping variants including the four-wheel-drive-system.
Jeep is eyeing local assembly for the Compass SUV which could take little time, hence it is expected that the SUV will be rolled out sometime in the coming months. While Jeep has made no official announcement regarding the launch, it is expected that Compass could be released during the second half of 2017.
|Minimum||Rs 20 lakh|
|Maximum||Rs 25 lakh|
Commonly known as the C-SUV, Jeep is planning to assemble it locally at Fiat’s Ranjangaon facility in Maharashtra. Heavy localisation would bring down the cost substantially making it the most affordable model in Jeep India’s current line-up. With an estimated pricing ranging between Rs 20 lakh and Rs 25 lakh, Jeep Compass will be one of the most affordable SUVs in its league fighting competitors including Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour, Hyundai Santa Fe and Honda CR-V.
|Engine||2.0-litre Tigershark Petrol|
|Engine||2.0-litre Multijet II Diesel|
|Max Power||140bhp or 170bhp|
The Jeep Compass takes design inspiration from the larger sibling Grand Cherokee. Styling on the whole is quite conventional, although Jeep has made a conscious effort to give it a different look by adding new elements to the exterior. A close look at the SUV give an inkling into its resemblance with the Renegade, yet another popular model in Jeep’s line-up.
The rugged stance is courtesy Jeep’s new global design tenet for the premium models featuring a chrome laden horizontal grille in front, small headlamp cluster infused with projector units, LED DRLs, wide bumper and a contoured bonnet. Side profile sports a wide-shoulder, square-like wheel arches and fat tyres shod with alloy rims. Rear end of the SUV gets the horizontal LED tail-lamps. The range topping model in the carline will sport dual-tone colour scheme with contrasting black roof. Chrome is used abundantly around the flanks and rear facet.
Step inside the car to witness the familiarity with new generation Jeep models. In terms of equipment, Compass will share most of the features with the Grand Cherokee including a large 8-inch touchscreen U-Connect infotainment system, soft touch materials, TFT screen, leather seats, multi-functional steering wheel, chrome inserts, push button start and climate control. Additionally, the SUV could be offered with seven seat layout.
The Jeep Compass carline will reportedly be available in three variants-Sport, Longitude and Limited. In addition to the above mentioned interior features, the range topping, Limited variant will pack an array of equipment such as the dual exhaust pipes, panoramic sunroof, windows and roof rails with chrome lining and diamond cut alloy wheels, fog-lamps with chrome enclosures etc.
– Projector headlamps with LED DRLs
– LED taillamps
– Chrome-Finished twin exhaust pipes
– Roof spoiler
– 8.4-inch UConnect touchscreen system
– Keyless entry with start/stop button
– Beats 9-speaker audio system with subwoofer
– Jeep’s 4WD Active Drive Low system
– Automatic climate control
– Leather seats