Jeep has silently introduced a new mid-spec variant for the petrol-powered Compass, the Longitude (O), priced at Rs 18.90 lakh. While this variant was previously available with the diesel engine, the petrol Compass was only available in the base Sport, higher-spec Limited and Limited (O) and top-spec Limited Plus trims.
Costing about Rs 3.5 lakh more than the base Compass Sport, the Longitude (O) variant comes with features such as 17-inch alloy wheels, roof rails, halogen projector headlamps, front and rear fog lamps, power folding and adjustable wing mirrors, push-button start, a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility and an automatic climate control system.
Safety kit is the same as the lower variant, with dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, stability control, traction control and four-wheel disc brakes coming as standard.
Compared to the higher Limited variant, the Compass Longitude (O) misses out on features such as LED tail-lamps, leather seats and steering, an optional dual-tone exterior finish and bi-xenon HID headlamps.
Mechanically, the Compass Longitude (O) is the same as the other petrol-powered variants – a 1.4-litre turbo-petrol unit producing 163hp and 250Nm of torque mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (the base Sport variant has a 6-speed manual) that powers the front wheels. Jeep also offers the Compass with a 173hp, 2.0-litre diesel engine mated to a 6-speed manual, which is available in 10 variants.
A rival to the Hyundai Tucson, the upcoming Tata Harrier and the soon-to-arrive MG Hector, the Compass range is now priced between Rs 15.40 lakh and Rs 22.90 lakh. Jeep is planning to introduce the Compass Trailhawk in the country sometime soon. It’ll debut the diesel-automatic combination for the Compass in India and come with a more off-road focused setup.
(All prices ex-showroom, Delhi)
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