Jeep India has officially announced the specifications and features of the India-spec Compass SUV. This information was revealed during a media briefing where the company talked about the importance of the Indian market for the Jeep brand as well as the Fiat Chrysler Automotive (FCA) group. The Jeep Compass is expected to be the most important launch for Fiat as well as Jeep in a very long time.
The Compass is a compact SUV with a seating capacity of five people. It was globally unveiled in Brazil last year. For the Indian market, the Compass will be Jeep’s third product. The first two launched – the Wrangler and the Grand Cherokee, haven’t really been able to spur their respective segments. And to be blunt, Jeep doesn’t have anyone else to blame but themselves. There is no doubt about the fact that the Jeep brand has value in Indian customer eyes. However, the exorbitant price tag at which the two cars were launched made them redundant products.
The main reason behind the high price tag of the two SUVs was the fact that both of them were being brought into the country as CBUs (completely built units). This warranted a higher tax slab on the products, thus pushing their sales to a much higher tag.
To curb this situation, Jeep will be manufacturing the Compass locally in India, and is thus expected to keep the prices competitive. For this, the American automaker has invested over $280 million in the Ranjangaon production facility of FCA, which is also used to manufacture fiat cars in the country. Hence, we expect the Compass to boost Jeep’s sales in India.
Jeep Compass India Launch Date
Jeep hasn’t announced an official launch date for the Compass SUV in India yet. However, the automaker has revealed that the Compass India launch will take place in the third quarter of this year, i.e., July-September 2017.
Jeep Compass expected price in India
The Compass is expected to be priced against the Hyundai Tucson. As a result, we are expecting it to be introduced in a price range of Rs. 20 lakh to Rs. 25 lakh. (ex-showroom, Delhi)
|Base Variant||Rs 20 lakh|
|Top Variant||Rs 25 lakh|
Jeep Compass Specifications
The India-spec Jeep Compass will be available with two engine options. The petrol variants will be equipped with a 1.4-litre, turbocharged MultiAir engine that will churn out 158 BHP and 250 Nm of torque. This engine can be opted either with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 7-speed DCT automatic.
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The diesel engine will be a 2.0-litre turbocharged blocks rated at 168 BHP and 350 Nm, and available with a 6-speed MT gearbox. A 9-speed automatic unit is also expected to be introduced later next year.
|Engine||1.4-litre turbocharged MultiAir Petrol|
|Engine||2.0-litre Multijet II Diesel|
|Max Power||168 bhp|
|Max Torque||350 Nm|
Jeep Compass Features
- 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system
- Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
- Jeep’s Selec-Terrain Management system
- 4 off-road driving modes: Auto, Snow, Sand and Mud
- Projector headlamps with LED DRLs
- LED tail lights
- 6 airbags
- Anti lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD)
- Electronic Stability Program (ESP)
- Hill climb assist