After the unveiling of Jeep Compass on 12th of April 2017, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is now expanding its model lineup by introducing this new SUV. Currently, Jeep in India is selling Cherokee, Cherokee SRT & Wrangler and with the launch of Compass, the automaker is taping the unexplored region of under Rs 30 lac price bracket.
The automaker has started taking pre-launch bookings for Compass with an upfront payment of Rs 50,000. The launch is expected in one to two weeks but this is not confirmed by the automaker. The SUV will come in five colours Minimal Grey, Exotica Red, Hydro Blue, Vocal White and Hip Hop Black as well as options in 4×2 and 4×4.
The Jeep Compass will be launched in 3 variants viz, Sport, Longitude and Limited at the expected price range of Rs 18 to 20 lac (ex-showroom). This competitive pricing comes from the high localisation levels of up to 80 per cent. The SUV will also be exported to right hand drive markets like Japan, UK and South Africa by the end of this year.
The premium SUV will be loaded with features like six airbags, Electric Parking Brake (EPB), All-Speed Traction Control (TCS), electronic roll mitigation and Hill-Start Assist.
Under the hood, the Jeep Compass will be offered with two engines – a 1.4-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol and a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged diesel motor. The petrol engine delivers an output of 160 bhp and 260 Nm of peak torque while the diesel motor churns out over 170 bhp and 350 Nm of peak torque.
Transmission duties are handled by a 6-speed manual unit and an optional 7-speed automatic gearbox. The Jeep Compass will get a four-wheel-drive system, which will get Jeep’s terrain response system. The driving modes will include Snow, Sand and Rock options, which change the characteristics of the power delivery and drive dynamics of the SUV.