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.
Jeep Compass made its India debut lately, providing concrete details about the first right hand wheel drive version of the SUV. The SUV, which is already a part of the global market, will enter India by third quarter of current year. Aside from donning a right hand wheel drive, the model has several firsts to its credit. It will be the first model from the Iconic brand to be assembled locally, which makes it the most affordable Jeep car in India. Additionally, the SUV will pack a raft of features most of which will be introduced for the first time in the Indian market.
Most importantly, India will be the mother plant for all the right hand wheel drive markets such as UK, Japan and Australia where Jeep is planning to export the model in future. Globally, Compass will be available in 17 engine choices, catering the customized needs to different markets. As for the Indian market, the five-seater SUV will get two engine options with manual and automatic transmissions. With production starting in June, Jeep enthusiasts have to wait for a while to pre-book the car after there is an official announcement on the same. In addition to the standard model, the company is mulling to introduce the sportier Compass Trailhawk at the 2018 Auto Expo. Read More – Jeep Renegade Is Coming To India
Jeep will start production of Compass in June at parent company, Fiat’s manufacturing unit in Ranjangaon near Pune. The booking for the SUV will however start only after Jeep makes an official announcement prior to its launch expected in August of September this year. The sportier Trailhawk version will follow suit at next year’s Auto Expo. Read – Jeep 526 Compact SUV To Challenge Ford EcoSport
|Minimum||Rs 20 lakh|
|Maximum||Rs 25 lakh|
Jeep India is betting big on its Compass SUV, set to be assembled locally at Fiat’s Ranjangaon’s facility. This would help achieve aggressive pricing for the Compass model. With the prices estimated to be in the ballpark of Rs 20 lakh to Rs 25 lakh, Compass will be the most affordable car from Jeep stable in India. However, some media reports suggest that Jeep is eyeing to start the range from Rs 16 lakh, which will undercut almost all rivals by a substantial margin.
|Engine||1.4-litre turbocharged MultiAir Petrol|
|Engine||2.0-litre Multijet II Diesel|
The India-spec model will come with new petrol and diesel engines in manual and automatic options with standard 2WD and optional 4WD drivetrains. Power on the petrol variants will come from the 1.4-litre turbocharged MultiAir engine putting out 160bhp and 200Nm of torque. Diesel powered Compass will use 2.0-litre Multijet II unit making 170bhp and 350Nm torque. The 6-speed manual will be standard on both the engines whereas the 7-speed dual-clutch AT will come only with the petrol engine. The SUV will also get a 2WD drivetrain along with an optional 4WD system in line with its off-road character.
The SUV is built on the same platform that underpins Renegade model, though Jeep has modified wheelbase in a bid to offer more space inside. The Compass shares comprehensive design and styling cues with its larger sibling, Grand Cherokee. That said the square-like wheel arches, projector headlamps with LED units, chrome-laden grille with seven slats, large alloys and high ground clearance have been borrowed from Grand Cherokee. As per Jeep’s claim, T SR71 Blackbird aircraft has inspired the design of Compass. Additionally, it takes inputs from Cherokee and Wrangler.
Built on the same platform as Renegade, Jeep has modified the wheelbase to offer more room to the occupants. The India version will get some bits such as the metal bright-work and a host of features that will be introduced for the first time in domestic market. At the unveiling event earlier this month, Jeep gave an insight on the feature list that will be offered with Compass. Among the various features, the SUV will equip a full-colour 7.0-inch or smaller 3.5-inch driver information display, dual-tone upholstery, leather seats, locking differential, terrain select system and a large 8.4mm touchscreen
The Jeep Compass carline is likely to come with three variants-Sport, Longitude and Limited. As claimed by Jeep, the SUV will receive 50 active and passive safety & security features along with an array of connectivity features. Here is a list of key features to be made available in the Compass model.
The Compass SUV will measure 4,398mm in length, 1,819mm in width and 1,667mm in height. The wheelbase will be around 2,636mm and the ground clearance will be 178mm.
– 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
Safety & Security
-Standard front airbags
-Six Airbags on 4×4
-Standard Stability Electronic Control
-Standard All disc brakes
-Cornering fog lamps
-Standard ABS, EBD, PBA, HBFC and EBP.
-Windshield glass with Anti-fog costing
-Electronic rollover mitigation
-All speed traction control
-All aluminium front and rear crumple zone
-Standard hill start assist
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.