The Jeep Compass is possibly the most watched SUV this year, aside from the fact that it is an incredibly potent offroader with a pedigree that not many other manufacturers can hope to offer. It has also been in the news as being the first Jeep to be manufactured entirely in India with the first car rolling off the production line in Pune on the first of June this month. However, we will probably have to wait till August this year before we get to see one on the street.
The Compass retains the strong Jeep DNA, and in many ways resembles the Grand Cherokee. The Compass shows off square bold lines that throwback to its butch heritage. However, chrome lining LED headlamps,tail-lamps and a visibly well-finished exterior with finish with flared wheel arches gracing the corners ensure that it looks far from Spartan.
The Compass will be offered in three variant trims - Sport, Latitude and Limited. Mechanically each trim will be almost alike differentiating factors will be majorly the quality of seat material, paint options and electronic goodies on the inside with varying alloy wheel design and size.
While the top trims will come with a 7 inch UConnect infotainment screen with connected Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There will also be no trim or quality differences in the exported jeeps and the ones sold here in the subcontinent. As standard throughout models, the Compass will get a 60:40 split. Jeep will also provide two airbags as the minimum across models but can go up to 6 airbags in the top variant. Additional safety features will include ABS, ESP, electronic roll-over mitigation and a reverse camera with sensors.It also gets frequency selective damping, which automatically alters the dampers for rough roads and corners, and an electric handbrake as well.
The Compass will be sold in India with two engine options, there is a 2.0-litre Multi-jet diesel which will make a pretty sizable 170 hp (considering that the Fortuner makes 174 of its 2.8-litre engine) and 350 Nm of torque. This engine will be sold with a six-speed manual and will be available in both RWD and 4WD formats.
Even though it may seem like an oversight that Jeep has chosen not to go with an optional automatic for this engine, but we hear there might be a nine-speed automatic for the diesel on its way soon.
There is also a 1.4-litre Muti-air petrol which makes a more than satisfactory 160 hp, it will also come with an RWD/4WD setup and will be available with a six-speed manual and a seven speed dual-clutch automatic.
Most interestingly, the Jeep Compass which will launch between 18 - 25 lakh, will enter the ring with the Toyota Fortuner, the Isuzu MU-X and the Ford Endeavour. All of which -- like the jeep -- have serious off-road credentials.