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.
The long-awaited 2017 Jeep Compass is all set to go on sale in the Indian car market on July 31, 2017. Jeep dealers have already started taking pre-bookings for the car at a token amount of Rs 50,000, which is refundable. Deliveries for the car will commence from August 2017. As per media reports, the SUV has been receiving an excellent response from buyers. It was speculated to be launched by late August, but the American automaker has pre-pone the launch of the Compass, possibly due to lower GST rates on SUVs. With this SUV, Fiat Chrysler Automobile is aiming to revive its lost market share. This premium SUV will enter into the highly competitive segment that also has some best-selling models and is set to get new promising entrants. In order to give a tough fight, the company aims to price this vehicle aggressively.
In terms of design, the Jeep Compass has taken inspiration from Cherokee. The vehicle will be offered in three trim levels – Sport, Longitude and the Limited – and in total of give variants. Under the bonnet will be a 2.0-litre MultiJet II diesel and a 1.4-litre Multi-Air petrol engines. While the former is good for 170bhp and 350Nm, the later produces 162bhp and 250Nm of torque. The SUV will come with a choice of 6-speed manual and 7-speed automatic gearbox (Petrol Only); diesel automatic is likely to come on later stage with 9-speed automatic unit. This premium SUV will also be equipped with an optional 4WD drivetrains and there will be a 2WD system as well. It will compete against the likes of Hyundai Creta, Hyundai Tucson, Mahindra XUV500 and others in its league.
The baby-grand Cherokee is 4.4 meters in length and offers a ground clearance of 221mm. It is based on Fiat’s small-wide platform that also underpins the Jeep Renegade and Fiat 500X. The cabin too looks similar to the Grand Cherokee, but it misses out on several high-tech features. It has dual-tone paint finish and premium quality material. The Compass has a range of comfort and convenience features like a 7-inch touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, leather upholstery for seats, keyless entry with passive go, power tailgate, etc. Read More – Jeep Renegade Is Coming To India
The company claims that the SUV has over 50 active and passive safety and security features including adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, six airbags, electronic stability control, ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) and dynamic steering torque. For those looking to drive home Compass, the SUV is now available for bookings at a sum of Rs 50,000 across Jeep exclusive dealerships or at its official website.
Production of the car have already commenced at FCA’s Telegaon manufacturing unit in Maharashtra, near Pune. The vehicle will also be exported to select international markets. In fact, India will be the global hub for all right-hand-drive (RHD) markets including Australia, Japan and UK. FCA took 23 months for the development of this production facility, and the Compass will have 65% local parts. Read More About – Jeep Grand Cherokee & Cherokee SRT
Jeep has officially confirmed that the highly-awaited Compass 5-seater premium SUV will be launched in India on July 31, 2017. Production of the car has already started at Fiat’s manufacturing unit in Maharashtra. One can pre-book the car at a token amount of Rs 50,000 through dealerships or Jeep official website. Deliveries for the car are being promised to commence from August, 2017. Read – Jeep 526 Compact SUV To Challenge Ford EcoSport
|Minimum||Rs 20 lakh|
|Maximum||Rs 25 lakh|
If media reports are to be believed, Jeep is aiming to price this premium SUV as low as Rs 16 lakh, undercutting the prices of its closest rival Hyundai Tucson. The actual Compass prices will be revealed on July 31. We expect this premium SUV could be priced between Rs 20 lakh to Rs 25 lakh. With over 65 per cent of localisation, Jeep should achieve aggressive pricing for this SUV. Furthermore, the lowered GST rates on SUVs will help the American brand to price this SUV aggressively. Besides, FCA is also planning to introduce MOPAR brand in India for sourcing original parts and accessories for its ambitious model.
|Engine||1.4-litre turbocharged MultiAir Petrol|
|Engine||2.0-litre Multijet II Diesel|
|Max Power||170bhp @ 3,750rpm|
|Max Torque||350Nm @ 1,750rpm – 2,500rpm|
The American automaker has already revealed the engine details of the SUV. It will come with two engine options in petrol and diesel guise. The diesel version of the SUV is powered by a 2.0-litre MultiJet II turbocharged engine that will also power the upcoming Jeep Renegade. This engine will also be used by Tata Motors’s upcoming premium SUVs – codenamed Q501 and Q502. It is capable of producing a maximum power output of 170bhp at 3,750rpm and a peak torque of 350Nm between 1,750rpm and 2,500rpm. On the flip side, the gasoline model will use a 1.4-litre MultiAir turbocharged unit. This engine churns out 162bhp of power and 250Nm of torque. A six-speed manual gearbox will come as standard, while a 7-speed DSG automatic gearbox will be offered with petrol only. The diesel AT will be paired to a 9-speed gearbox, but it will be launched at a later stage.
Both the engines will come with 4×2 and 4×4 drivetrain options. The AWD variant also has Select-Terrain system with four driving modes – Auto, Snow, Mud and Sand. It is to be noted that these driving modes can change the drive dynamics and power delivery of the car. Jeep has pre-programmed the Snow, Sand and Mud modes for tuning the AWD system, stability control and steering precision etc as per the driving conditions. The SUV automatically disconnects the rear axle at various cruising speeds and offers 4% increased mileage.
Available in two fuel options – 1.4L turbocharged petrol and 2.0-litre MJD diesel – the new Compass is claimed to offer good fuel efficiency. While the petrol version is likely to deliver about 12-14kmpl, the oil burner could return around 15-17kmpl.
Jeep’s cheapest SUV in India, Compass, will be launched in five colour options including Minimal Grey, Vocal White, Exotica Red, Brilliant Black and Hydro Blue.
The Compass five-seater premium SUV will be made available with five variants – Sport, Longitude, Longitude (O), Limited and Limited (O). Jeep has confirmed that the SUV will be equipped with 50 active and passive safety and security features and a host of connectivity features. While the base model will get a 5-inch touchscreen infotainment system, the range-topping variants will have a 7-inch touchscreen system.
Proportionally, Compass will be larger than Tucson and will be slotted above the latter. The contours of the SUV will be generous with the length measuring around 4,447mm, width around 1,813mm and height at 1,651mm. It will sit on the 2,634mm long wheelbase, translating into a spacious cabin. Moreover, Compass will come with a 178mm high ground clearance and 452mm of turning radius.
Sport – Halogen headlamps, 16-inch steel wheels, incandescent taillights, electrically adjustable and foldable ORVMs, all black interiors, a 5-inch touchscreen infotainment system, front airbags, ABS with EBD, electronic stability control (ESC), traction control, electric parking brake and 4 disc brakes.
Longitude (+ Sport Features)- Projector headlamps, front & rear fog lamps, black roof rails, 17-inch 5-spoke alloy wheels, black and beige dual tone interiors, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, push button start, dual zone climate control and rear parking sensors. Read More – Jeep Compass Vs Mahindra XUV500
Limited (+ Longitude Features) – HID headlamps, LED taillamps, dual-tone paint scheme with gloss black treatment on the roof, door scuff plates, Ski-Grey interiors, leather wrapped seats and steering wheel, front side and curtain airbags (only 4X4 variants), rear camera and AWD transmission option with Selec Terrain system.
The most affordable SUV from Jeep in India will debut in the premium SUV space and go up against models including Honda CR-V and Volkswagen Tiguan. Considering that it will carry an aggressive pricing courtesy 80% localisation, it will have other models like Hyundai Tucson into its radar. With rugged looks, efficient engines and plethora of features on offer, the model will have a cusp over rivals in the segment. You May Also Like – Jeep Compass Vs VW Tiguan | Jeep Compass Vs Fortuner | Jeep Compass Vs Hyundai Tucson
The company claims that the new model is equipped with close to 50 active and passive safety and security features. It has ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System), ESC (Electronic Stability Control), Hill Start Assist, Traction Control and dual airbags as standard fitment. While the top-end model also gets six airbags. Other safety equipment on offer will include EBD (Electronic BrakeForce Distribution), PBA, HBFC and EBD, all-disc brakes, electronic rollover mitigation, cornering fog lamps, etc.
The Compass SUV is developed on the new Small Wide platform that also underpins the global Fiat 500X crossover and the India-bound Jeep Renegade. However, this platform has been modified for Compass to offer spacious cabin. Talking about design, the SUV looks like a mini-version of the larger Grand Cherokee that is already on sale in the country.
The Compass is equipped with Jeep’s signature design, equipped with seven-slat chrome finished grille, flanked by a set of projector headlamps infused with LED units. The SUV has square shape fog lamps with LEDs, wider bumper, skid plate and mesh design for air inlets. In addition, it also features square-like wheel arches and Grand Cherokee resembling alloy wheels. The side profile gets strong beltline that runs across the length of the car that merges into taillamps. The rear too resembles the larger Grand Cherokee, featuring wraparound taillamps and roof-mounted spoiler. Known for its off-roading skills, the SUV will come with a high ground clearance to make it compatible with the Indian roads.
On the feature front, Compass will come packed with frequency selective damping that automatically changes the damper for different terrains. In addition to this, it also comes with an electric handbrake and other bits from the larger sibling Wrangler. The design of the SUV as claimed by Jeep, has been inspired by the T SR71 Blackbird aircraft and other bits have been borrowed from the larger models available in India.
Featuring a long wheelbase of 2,634mm, the SUV is claimed to be spacious enough to accommodate five adults comfortably. The Compass shares the platform with Renegade, but it has been thoroughly modified to offer more space inside the cabin. In terms of styling, the India-bound model will feature bright metal work for a more upmarket look. There is a conventional design for instrument panel and centre console. It is equipped with multifunctional steering wheel with buttons for audio and Bluetooth telephony.
As for the features, the SUV will be armed to the teeth with features like Terrain select dial, a 7.0-inch or a 5.0-inch touchscreen infotainment systems and dual-zone climate control among several others. The top-spec variants in the line-up will additionally get the leather seat covers and selec-Terrain 4WD drivetrains.
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.