We informed you earlier that Jeep is readying an all-new 7-seater SUV, which will be launched in our market in the next 2 years. The SUV could make its debut in 2020, while launch is expected in 2021. Codenamed Jeep Low-D, the new SUV will be based on the Jeep Compass platform, which also underpins the Renegade. This new SUV will be locally developed at the company’s Ranjangaon facility. Similar to the Compass, FCA’s factory in India will act as an export hub for the right-hand-drive markets.
The company will make some changes to the platform to fit larger wheels and extended length. The SUV’s wheelbase could have also been increased to accommodate a third row of seat. Adding to it, the SUV will look completely different from the Compass and will carry its unique design.
The new Jeep D-Low SUV will be developed for the growing markets including India and Brazil. The SUV could also be exported to some South Asian and African markets. In India, the 7-seater SUV will take on the likes of the Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour, Honda CR-V and the Mahindra Alturas G4. MG Motors and Tata Motors will also launch the 7-seater versions of the Hector and Harrier respectively. Adding to it, the next-gen Hyundai Tucson for India will be based on the long-wheelbase to offer 7-seat option. Also See – 2019 Jeep Wrangler Launched
The Jeep 7-seater SUV will most likely to be powered by the BS6 compliant 2.0-litre MultiJet II diesel engine that produces 170bhp and 350Nm of torque. Transmission options are likely to include a 6-speed manual and a 9-speed automatic gearbox. The SUV could also receive the BSVI compliant 1.4-litre MUltiAir petrol engine with a 6-speed manual and a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Jeep is also readying the Compass facelift and a sub-4 meter SUV for the Indian market.