Estimated to be priced around 16 lakh – Rs 25 lakh, the 2017 Jeep Compass will become the most affordable SUV from the American automaker in India.
FCA India has officially announced that the much-awaited 2017 Jeep Compass SUV will make its official debut in India on April 12. It will be first Jeep product to be locally developed, and will be rolled out from the FCA-Tata joint venture plant in Ranjangaon. Adding to it, the company will also export this model to several right-hand driven nations. As a reminder, Jeep entered into India last year with two of its iconic models – Wrangler Unlimited and Grand Cherokee. Carrying a lofty price tag, both the SUVs cater to the elite class that accounts for a small share in the Indian market.
In order to target masses, the company will launch its most affordable SUV – Jeep Compass – in the country. Internationally, the Compass replaces the previous model and Patriot models in Jeep’s range of cars. Therefore, the SUV has been developed in both right and left hand wheel drive. The production of the SUV have already commenced at Fiat’s production facility in Ranjangaon, Maharashtra. It was speculated that the SUV will be priced in the range of Rs 20 lakh to Rs 25 lakh. However, few media reports suggest that the Compass could be priced as low as Rs 16 lakh; undercutting its closest rival Hyundai Tucson by up to Rs 2 lakh.
The new Compass will be equipped with projector-beam headlamp with LED signature lights, electrically operated liftgate, a panoramic glass roof, etc. The cabin will get a 7.0-litre full color LED instrument cluster, Uconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple carplay and Android Auto, etc. The new SUV will be offered in both petrol and diesel fuel options. The oil burner is likely to be Fiat’s 2.0-litre Multijet II unit paired to either a manual and automatic unit. On the other hand, the petrol model could get a 1.4-litre FIRE MultiAir 2 or a 2.0-litre TigerShark unit. Off-road equipment will be standard on the range topping variants including the four-wheel-drive system.
Jeep will unveil the new Compass SUV to press on April 12, 2017. The company is aiming at high-level localisation, hence it is expected that the SUV will go on sale in the middle of this year. While the company hasn’t made official announcement regarding the launch, it is expected that Compass could be launched by August, 2017.
|Minimum||Rs 20 lakh|
|Maximum||Rs 25 lakh|
Commonly known as the C-SUV, Jeep will 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. The company is aiming to price this SUV aggressively at Rs 16 lakh while the top-end model could go up to Rs 25 lakh. With this pricing, the Compass will be one of the most affordable SUVs in its league fighting competitors including Hyundai Tucson, Honda CRV and others.
|Engine||2.0-litre Tigershark Petrol|
|Engine||2.0-litre Multijet II Diesel|
|Max Power||140bhp or 170bhp|
The premium SUV will come in both petrol and diesel iterations. The oil burner will be Fiat’s 2.0-litre Multijet II unit that churns out a maximum power output of 165bhp and a peak torque of 350Nm. On the other hand, the petrol version could get a 1.4-litre turbocharged MultiAir unit that is good for 170bhp of power.
The top-end petrol model might get a bigger 2.0-litre Tigershark unit that belts out 160bhp of power and 145Nm of torque. While the petrol unit will be paired to a 6-speed DSG automatic unit, the diesel engine will be coupled to either a 9-speed automatic or a 6-speed manual unit. A front-wheel-drive system will come as standard, while the all-wheel-drive system will exclusively offered on the top-end 2.0L Diesel unit.
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. The range-topping model will be equipped with a Uconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and Navigation. Other features include a 7.0-inch full colour LED instrument cluster, electrically adjustable driver seat, auto dimming IRVM, rear parking camera, leather seats, automatic climate control, etc.
Dimensionally, the new Jeep is 4,447mm long, 1,813mm wide and 1,651mm tall, and has a wheelbase of 2,634mm. With 205mm ground clearance, the SUV will have off-road capabilities.
– 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
With an estimated price tag of around Rs 16 lakh, the new Jeep Compass will undercut its closest rival Hyundai Tucson by upto Rs 2 lakh. With appealing design and Jeep badging, this product could be a big winner for the American brand.