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Jeep Compass unveiled for India; launch in third quarter of 2017

Jeep Compass unveiled for India; launch in third quarter of 2017
Desirazu Venkat Desirazu Venkat Wednesday 12 April 2017, 12:51 PM

The Jeep Compass will be launched for the Indian market in the third quarter of 2017. This is the first made-for-India jeep product and is being assembled at parent company Fiat’s newly retooled plant at Ranjangaon outside Pune. This is the latest entry-level vehicle from the American automaker and was first showcased in Brazil last year.

The company has said that the design of the Compass is inspired both by the Wrangler as well as the Cherokee, however, the design of the exterior seems more in keeping with the Cherokee. Signature elements include the slatted grille, ‘Iron man face’ shaped tail lamps, forward slanting sporty silhouette and large wheels.  It is 4.3-metres long with a wheelbase of 2.6-meters and is a five-seater vehicle. The automaker is expected to offer the car in a variety of trim and colour options to provide a high level of customisation for Indian customers.  

Given its SUV pedigree, this vehicle gets the American automaker’s Active Drive 4X4 option. This includes four driving modes Auto, snow, sand and mud. These modes can be easily interchanged even on the fly. The India spec Jeep Compass is being offered with one diesel and petrol engine option.

The petrol unit is the 1.4-litre Multiair mill producing 160bhp/350Nm of torque while the diesel is a 2.0-litre unit producing 170bhp/350Nm of torque. These engines can be mated to either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed automatic.  However, the plant will produce models with several different engine options for exporting to various right-hand-drive markets across the globe.

This new SUV is being offered with over 50 different safety options including stability control, hill-start assist, multiple airbags, ABS with EBD and ESP, all around disc brakes, traction control and rollover mitigation and also cornering fog lamps.

India is the fourth country where the Compass is being assembled. The American automaker already assembles the car at its plant in China, Mexico and Brazil. Production at Ranjangaon will begin in June with the launch and delivery is slated for the third quarter of 2017. It is expected to be priced in the range of Rs 18 lakh to Rs 25 lakh and will take on the likes of various SUVs and even some sedans present in that part of the market. This is the fourth addition to the Jeep family and will be positioned below the Wrangler, Cherokee and SRT Cherokee. 


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