The new Jeep 7 seat SUV (codename: H6) has been in the works for quite some time, but we can now confirm that this new SUV will have its world premiere later this year.
- New 7 seat Jeep to make world debut later this year.
- India launch of Jeep H6 SUV in first half of 2022.
- RHD version codenamed H6; LHD codenamed H1.
The Jeep H6 will be a significant model for India too as, like the Jeep Compass, it will be built here. In fact, Jeep India’s plant in Chakan will be the global hub for production of the right-hand-drive version. Sources tell us that India production of the seven seat Jeep H6 SUV will commence in April 2022, with an India launch expected in May or June.
New Jeep H6 SUV: What we know so far
The new Jeep 7seat SUV will share its underpinnings with the Compass, the facelifted version of which was launched in January 2021 in India. As such, this new SUV will have some similar body panels up front, with the real changes coming after the B pillar. There will be longer rear doors a more upright rear, with unique styling that will mimic newer Jeeps like the Grand Cherokee L and Grand Wagoneer concept.
Sources tell us that the Jeep H6 SUV will get all the creature comforts of the recently updated Compass, including the likes of cooled seats and a panoramic sunroof, with an even greater focus on luxury and higher-quality cabin materials. And while the main talking point is the new third row of seats, what further solidifies the premium, chauffeur-driven experience will be the availability of captain’s chairs for the middle row.
New Jeep H6 SUV: engine and gearbox details
The new Jeep H6 SUV will come with the same 2.0-litre, four-cylinder, Multijet turbo-diesel engine from the Compass, but it will be tuned to produce around 200hp,considerably higher than the 173hp it currently makes. The engine is also expected to come with a nine-speed torque-converter automatic gearbox as standard. And, of course, this being a Jeep, higher variants are expected to come with all-wheel drive as well.
Whether the Jeep H6 for India will get a petrol engine remains to be seen, but the left-hand-drive version (codename: H1) of the seven seat SUV will most likely get the brand’s new 1.3-litre turbo petrol engine.
Jeep H6 seven seat SUV: India competitors and rivals
Positioned above the Compass, the Jeep H6 SUV with its seven-seat layout, AWD and monocoque underpinnings will be a rival for the VW Tiguan Allspace and the Skoda Kodiaq, which is expected to be relaunched soon. However, while those two rivals are petrol powered, the Jeep’s diesel engine means it could also be viewed as an alternative to ladder-frame SUVs like the MG Gloster, Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour.