When we met FCA India CEO Kevin Flynn at the Camp Jeep he was very gung-ho about 2017 being the year of the Compass. The tiny little Jeep will also be the first of the modern Jeeps to be built in India and here is a glimpse of what we would get from its showcase in Geneva.
The Compass gets the typical vertically slatted grille and looks like a mini-Grand Cherokee with the swept back headlamps. The high bonnet, square looks and muscular lines are signature Jeep.
Moving to the sides, the muscular design continues with the squared wheel wells, flared arches and large alloy wheels. Peripheral cladding and blacked roof give it a sporty touch.
The rear is quite sporty with the raked glass and the roofline flowing down. The horizontal twin-element tail lamps make it look wider while the blacked out bumper makes it look taller.
On the inside, it looks much modern with the touchscreen display, steering with controls, automatic gearbox and the drive-mode selector as well. The body-coloured highlights look nice on the leather interior.
Under the hood, for the India car, you will have a 2.0-litre MJD engine developing close to 170bhp of power mated to an automatic gearbox and all-wheel-drive.
The Jeep Compass is expected to compete with the Hyundai Tucson and the Honda CR-V if not the Toyota Fortuner and the Ford Endeavour, with the price tag beginning around Rs 20 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi.