As is widely known, Jeep is readying the Compass Trailhawk for an India launch. The Trailhawk is the rugged version of the Compass, and will get upgrades to make it more suitable for off-road use, chief among which is Jeep’s Active Drive Low-range 4WD with a new 'Rock mode' for the Selec-Terrain 4WD system. However, we can now confirm that in addition to the off-road hardware, the Trailhawk will also get a few feature upgrades to distance it from the standard Compass. It will be the first Compass in India to get a panoramic sunroof as well as cruise control – high-demand features that were so far missing on the Compass. Also unique to the Trailhawk will be its all-black cabin theme.
The Trailhawk will also be the first Compass in India to be offered with a diesel automatic engine-gearbox combination. The engine in question is the same 2.0-litre diesel unit that powers the Compass already on sale, but what will be new is a nine-speed automatic transmission.
On the outside, the Trailhawk will be identifiable by its reworked bumpers (for enhanced approach/departure angles), new 17-inch alloy wheels, a dual-tone black and silver exterior finish, red recovery hooks, a black-painted anti-glare bonnet decal and underbody skid plates. The Trailhawk also sits 20mm higher than the standard Compass, helping give it better approach (30 degree) and departure (33.6 degree) angles; its breakover angle stands at 24.4 degree. The SUV also gets hill descent control as standard.
Jeep dealers are accepting bookings for the Compass Trailhawk for an amount of Rs 2.5 lakh. The Compass Trailhawk is likely to be priced Rs 32 lakh (on-road, Mumbai). Other SUVs available at this price point include the Hyundai Tucson AWD and the Volkswagen Tiguan.
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