The India-spec Jeep Compass has been revealed in an official video ahead of its local debut on April 12. This is the first locally made product since the Jeep brand was brought here in 2016,
The video reveals the same design cues as the global model which includes the famous slatted Jeep grille, wedge-shaped head lamps and of course that mini-Cherokee like silhouette. There is no information on variants as yet but we know that it will be offered with petrol, diesel engines and with both automatic and manual transmission options. The diesel is a 2.0-litre four-cylinder unit while the petrol is expected to be the 2.0-litre Multiair unit.
Standard features across the range are expected to include climate control, leather upholstery, and touchscreen infotainment system, power windows, electrically adjustable ORVMs and driver’s seat. In the video, the automaker says the car has been fitted with over 50 safety features and of this we can be sure – that there will be multiple airbags, ABS with EBD, traction control as well a stability control programme.
The Compass is expected to be priced in the range of Rs 18 lakh to Rs 25 lakh. This puts it in competition with the likes of the D-segment SUVs like the Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour as well as sedans like the Skoda Superb. The Compass will not have a third row but is expected to hold its own against the competition by offering a large list of features, 4X4 options and of course, there’s always the aspirational value of owning a Jeep branded vehicle. Parent company Fiat has already said that the vehicle will have a heavy amount of localisation and be produced at Ranjangaon for domestic as well as export markets.