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 is the iconic brand’s new product that is in pipeline for the Indian market. Having unveiled the SUV to media in April, the company has already revealed most of the details. While exact pricing will be unfolded at the launch in August, it is expected to be tagged aggressively, undercutting most of the rivals in the segment.
Jeep’s most affordable SUV for the Indian market will be the first model to take the CKD route, with production beginning in June. Already making waves for several reasons, the car is extremely vital not only for Jeep but also for parent company Fiat, that has been grappling to expand its footprint in India. In its yet another attempt to resurrect sales in the world’s fastest growing economy, Fiat introduced Jeep in India last year. Read More – Jeep Renegade Is Coming To India
With two of its globally renowned models that carry a hefty price tag, Jeep opened to a lukewarm response here. The locally built Compass that will underpin Chrysler’s ‘new small-wide’ platform, will be launched in petrol and diesel fuel options. A range of new products built on the same platform are in pipeline slated for launch in the years to come. While Renegade will come in 2019, Fiat is mulling a SUV based on the ‘new smallwide’ underpinnings. In addition, Fiat could roll out multiple products based on its ‘X3U’ platform, but that is yet being evaluated since it will require huge investments. For Compass’s local assembly, Fiat India has invested $278 million at its Ranjangaon plant. Revealed in India in April, Compass is aimed squarely at the C segment and will be launched in August, for more information read our full story. Read More About – Jeep Grand Cherokee & Cherokee SRT
The production of Compass SUV will begin from June, while the launch is scheduled for the third quarter of 2017. It is expected that Jeep will officially launch Compass in India in August. While the SUV has been revealed to the media, bookings will start only after an official announcement from Jeep. Read – Jeep 526 Compact SUV To Challenge Ford EcoSport
|Minimum||Rs 20 lakh|
|Maximum||Rs 25 lakh|
With its first two products carrying a lofty price tag, Jeep is yet to leave a mark in India in terms of sales. In attempt to penetrate the thriving mid-size premium SUV space, Jeep is eyeing aggressive pricing for Compass. The CKD model will be assembled at parent company Fiat’s manufacturing unit at Ranjangaon, in Pune. With a high-level of localisation, Jeep price is estimated to start from Rs 20 lakh and go up to Rs 25 lakh for the top-spec variant. Media reports also suggest that Jeep could spring surprise by tagging Compass base trim as low as Rs 16 lakh. While speculations are rife on the Jeep pricing, concrete details will be revealed in August, post launch.
|Engine||1.4-litre turbocharged MultiAir Petrol|
|Engine||2.0-litre Multijet II Diesel|
The India-bound Compass will be launched in petrol and diesel guise. The petrol range in the line-up will derive power from the 1.4-litre turbocharged MultiAir unit good for 160bhp and 200Nm of torque, whereas the diesel version will get the 2.0-litre Multijet II oil burner, putting out 170bhp and 350Nm. Transmission options on the carline will include a standard 6-speed manual gearbox and an optional 7-speed dual-clutch AT on petrol engine. In addition, there will a 2WD system and a 4WD drivetrain on select trims.
Jeep’s most affordable model will be based on the same underpinnings as its larger sibling, Renegade, however the platform will be modified to make the interior more spacious. Revealed officially in India, the SUV bears resemblance to Grand Cherokee, with similar design and styling traits. That said, the SUV gets projector headlamps with LEDs, chrome laden seven-slat grille, alloys, wheel arches that remind faintly of Grand Cherokee. In addition, the ground clearance is in line with other Jeep models in India, to make it compatible with tough driving conditions here. While some bits have been borrowed from Wrangler, that is also a part of Jeep India’s line-up. At Compass’s unveiling in April, Jeep informed that its design has been inspired by the T SR71 Blackbird aircraft.
Benefiting from the long wheelbase of 2,634mm, Compass has been carved to offer more space. Though, it shares underpinnings with Renegade, but modifications have been made to dig out more space for passengers. Insides of the India-spec model will get bright metal work styling bits. In attempt to give it cusp over rivals, the SUV will pack a host of exclusive features that will debut in India with Compass.
Besides, a 7.0-inch coloured or smaller 3.5-inch driver information display will be integrated. That is not it. The SUV will also receive an 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen system. Wrapped in premium dual tone leather upholstery, the cabin will exude premium feel. With all of it, some driver assisting features like locking differential and terrain select system will also be offered.
The Compass line-up will reportedly be launched in three variants-Sport, Longitude and Limited. As per Jeep’s claim, the SUV will receive as many as 50 active and passive safety & security equipment and connectivity goodies including some that will be introduced for the first time in India. Listed below are some of the key features that Compass will offer.
Coming from the stables of America’s iconic brand known for manufacturing SUVs globally, the India-spec model will sport boastful dimensions. The SUV will be 4,398mm long, 1,819mm wide and 1,667mm high. The spacious cabin will sit on the 2,634mm long wheelbase.
– 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 all the eyes on Jeep’s most affordable model, it is one of the most awaited upcoming SUVs in India. Upon its launch, it will stack up against new Toyota Fortuner, new Ford Endeavour, that already command immense popularity in India. From the new models, Compass will collide head on with Hyundai Tucson.
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.