Jeep is all set to roll out the first ever Compass produced in India. The Ranjangaon assembly line near Pune will commence operations on 1st June. The first 'Made in India' Compass will be rolled out by Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis. The plant will produce right hand drive Compass for the Indian as well as international markets, and is the only plant to supply to right hand drive markets.
The parent company Fiat India Automobiles Pvt Ltd (FIAPL) invested about $280 million in the development of the facility at Ranjangaon and localisation of the Jeep Compass. The plant will be a essential manufacturing and export hub for FCA joining Brazil, Mexico and China.
The Compass shares design cues with its elder sibling, the Grand Cherokee. The exterior features projector headlamps with LED Daytime Running Lamps (DRLs), LED tail lamps, 19-inch alloy wheels and an optional blackened out roof.
Powering the Jeep Compass will be a 1.4 litre Multiair petrol engine and a 2.0 litre diesel engine. The engine will generate slightly over 160 hp of power and 250 Nm of torque while the diesel engine will produce a little more than 170 hp of power and 350 Nm of torque. Both engines options will be available with a 6-speed manual transmission and a 7-speed dual clutch automatic gearbox.
The Compass will have over 50 standard safety features. The company is yet to announce the official launch date for the SUV, however, when introduced, it will compete with the likes of the Toyota Fortuner and the Ford Endeavour, with an expected price tag of about Rs 25 lakh.