While the Indian market will have to wait until sometime next year to get the Jeep Compass, recent reports have revealed that the small crossover will soon be sold in the buzzing Chinese market. The car, in fact, will debut at the Guangzhou Auto Show in November and launch soon after.
In China, the Compass will be available with two four-cylinder petrol engine options: a 165bhp/250Nm 1.4 turbo and a much bigger 2.4-litre with 175hp and 230nm on top. While the 1.4 model will be paired to a 9-speed automatic, the 2.4 Compass will either get a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed dual-clutch unit.
The Compass will be manufactured locally and sold by the Guangzhou-Fiat joint venture. The company currently makes the Renegade and the Cherokee. The former is based on the FCA’s small 4x4 platform that also underpins Renegade and the Fiat 500X.
The Compass will also be produced here in India at FCA’s Ranjangaon plant from mid-2017 onwards.It is expected to be priced between Rs 25 lakh and Rs 30 lakh.