Jeep Compass diesel-automatic to come in two variants

8th Jan 2020 12:10 pm

The BS6 engine-gearbox combination from the Compass Trailhawk will be available with the top-spec Limited Plus and the mid-spec Longitude variants.

The long-awaited diesel-automatic Jeep Compass will be arriving in showrooms quite soon. When it does, it will be available in a mid-spec Longitude and a range-topping Limited Plus variant, prices for which are expected to be in the Rs 22-24 lakh region. Select Jeep dealers have begun accepting bookings for the Compass diesel-auto, ahead of its launch in the coming weeks.

As we’ve been reporting, the engine-gearbox combination is the same BS6-compliant, 173hp, 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine paired with a 9-speed torque convertor automatic unit that made its debut in India with the Compass Trailhawk. Both diesel-auto variants will come with Jeep’s Selec-Terrain Active Drive all-wheel drive system. To know how the range-topping Compass Limited Plus diesel-automatic 4x4 performed, click here to read our review.

To further differentiate between the diesel-manual and automatic versions of the Compass Longitude and justify the expected Rs 4 lakh premium for the automatic over the BS4-compliant manual model (Rs 18.03 lakh), Jeep has also added some features. The table below has the details:

Jeep Compass Longitude features
FeaturesManualAutomatic
Quad halogen headlightsYesYes
Daytime running lightsYesYes
17-inch alloysYesYes
Driver’s seat height adjustYesYes
60:40 split-folding rear seatsYesYes
Infotainment system5.0-inch7.0-inch
Android Auto/Apple CarPlayNo/NoYes/Yes
Speakers66
Keyless entry and goYesYes
Dual-zone climate controlNoYes
Cruise controlNoYes
Rear parking cameraNoYes

However, in terms of safety kit, the manual and automatic Compass Longitude are identical – both get dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, traction control and electronic stability control, hill-start assist, Isofix child seat mounts, rear fog lamps, a rear defogger and wiper and an electronic parking brake.

When it comes to the Limited Plus, both, the manual and the automatic are identical in terms of equipment as six airbags, a dual-pane sunroof, 18-inch alloy wheels, Jeep’s 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment system, automatic headlights and wipers and an 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat are standard.

The Compass is a somewhat unique offering as its size, off-road capability and price point put it on the higher side of the midsize SUV segment (with contenders like the Kia Seltos, MG Hector, Tata Harrier and Hyundai Creta) but undercutting the likes of the Hyundai Tucson and Volkswagen Tiguan.

As more details will emerge closer to the launch of the Jeep Compass diesel-automatic, watch this space.

All prices, ex-showroom, Delhi

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