The long-awaited Jeep Compass Trailhawk has just been unveiled and will be launched in the coming weeks. This is the most rugged version of the Compass and now will also be the flagship version of the SUV. Its 2.0-litre diesel engine now complies with BS-VI standards and comes mated to a nine-speed automatic gearbox. Let's see what all changes have helped enhance its off-road prowess.
Mechanically, this 4x4 version gets a low-ratio transfer case that allows it to take on challenging terrains. Climbing inclines and taking slippery surfaces is now easier.
In fact, the Trailhawk is meant to do things that the standard versions can't. There's a Select-Terrain system with five modes including auto, snow, sand, mud and rock.
The latter rock mode isn't offered on any of the other trims of the Compass and adds to the capability of this Trailhawk in cohesion with the low-ratio transfer case.
What's more, along with increased ground clearance, the front and the rear bumpers have been modified to increase the approach angle to 30 degrees and departure angle to 33.6 degrees.
In terms of exterior appearance, all the chrome elements have been darkened out. The Jeep badging and front grille is finished in gun-metal grey.
Even the hood gets a decal in a matte finish, which helps reduce the glare. This will particularly help while off-roading.
Then, the SUV rides on a new set of 17-inch alloy wheels. The size remains the same, but gets a new pattern with dual tone finish.
There's a special badging to distinguish the Trailhawk from the standard vehicles. For instance, the tail-gate sports a 'Trailhawk' emblem and the side fenders get a '4x4 Trail Rated' badge.
Inside the Compass Trailhawk's cabin is an all-black theme with red accents to complement the exterior. The seats also come with a special badging.
Other changes include a new instrument cluster with coloured multi-information display. Cruise control and speed-limiter has also been added to the long list of equipment.
Finding major prominence on the dashboard is a larger touchscreen infotainment system. This now comes paired with navigation and audio guidance.
Another highlight inside the cabin is a panoramic sunroof which extends from the front to the rear row of seats.
The 2.0-litre Multijet diesel engine is a four-cylinder, turbocharged motor that still produces 173bhp and 350Nm of torque. However, it is now BSVI-compliant.
None of the diesel variants of the Compass had an auto gearbox. Now, this Trailhawk version boasts of a nine-speed transmission.
Upon launch, the Jeep Compass Trailhawk will be the most expensive variant of the Compass model. But then, this diesel automatic with off-roading equipment will make it an interesting proposition.