India-spec Jeep Compass: 5 things to know

All-new Compass to be offered in five variants; bookings now open.

Jeep officially entered India last year with the launch of the iconic Wrangler and the Grand Cherokee – the latter offered as a diesel and also as a high-performance Grand Cherokee SRT variant. Later in the year, the automaker revealed the all-new Jeep Compass, a mid-size SUV, along with its intention to bring it to India. Making its India debut earlier this year, the Compass is set to launch in August with a choice of five trim levels – Sport, Longitude, Longitude (O), Limited and Limited (O).

Here are the five things you should know about Jeep's first locally-assembled SUV.

1) Design and platform
The Compass shares a lot of its design cues with the current range-topping Grand Cherokee. Common design cues include squared-off wheel arches, the seven-slat grille, projector headlamps, high ground clearance and big alloy wheels. The Compass is based on the same platform (small, wide 4x4) as the automaker's entry-level SUV, the Renegade. The new Compass, however, features a longer wheelbase to improve cabin space.

2) Spacious and upmarket cabin
Inside, the new Compass will give the feel of a much larger SUV. The India-spec version will get plenty of metal brightwork, or bracketing, and features like Terrain Select dial, a choice of touchscreen infotainment systems ( 5.0-inch or 7.0-inch depending on variant) and dual-zone climate control to name a few. However, only the top Limited variants are offered with leather seats and the Selec-Terrain 4WD system, with the Limited (O) additionally featuring High-intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps and a dual-tone exterior.

3) New diesel powerplant
The Compass will also feature a Fiat-sourced diesel engine but, unlike the current 1.3-litre and 1.6-litre units used by Indian automakers, the Compass will feature a new 2.0-litre, four-cylinder, Multijet II unit developing 174hp. Also on offer will be a new 164hp, 1.4-litre, Multi-air, turbo-petrol motor offered with a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. Though, initially, only the diesel engine will be available, paired with a six-speed manual gearbox. The petrol engine will join the line-up later this year with a diesel automatic expected to launch early next year.

4) Off-road credentials
Jeep will differentiate itself from the crowd by retaining off-road skills that are so central to its brand. The top Limited variants come with a dedicated four-wheel-drive system and Jeep's Selec-Terrain Traction Management system that optimises the SUV for conditions like snow, sand, mud and rocks, along with a locking differential that works by braking individual wheels. The lower variants, though, will be front-wheel drive only.

5) Locally assembled
Unlike its earlier products launched here, the Compass will be both manufactured and exported from Fiat's Ranjangaon plant outside Pune and will feature an extremely high level of localisation. This allows Jeep to price its SUV competitively, somewhere in the region of Rs 18-25 lakh. The automaker has opened bookings for the all-new SUV, with the display and the test-drive models expected to arrive at dealerships soon. Bookings can either be made online or at dealerships.

Also read

2017 Jeep Compass review

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