Jeep has rolled out the first unit of its India-made Compass from its Ranjangaon facility in Pune. The first 'Made in India' Compass was rolled out in presence of Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who drove the first production model off the assembly line. The production will start by next month and it will be launched in India by August 2017.
The Jeep Compass will be powered by a 1.4-litre Multiair petrol engine and a 2.0-litre diesel engine. The petrol engine will generate 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. It is expected that the Compass will get an all-wheel drive system.
On the outside, the Compass will be equipped with projector headlamps with LED Daytime Running Lamps (DRLs), LED tail lamps and black-coloured 19-inch alloy wheels. Inside the cabin, it will get touch screen infotainment system compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with steering mounted audio and phone controls.
Fiat has invested $280 million for localisation of Compass' production in India. The SUVs produced at the Ranjangaon facility will also be exported to other right-hand drive international markets. In addition, 80 percent of the Jeep Compass parts will be sourced from India. Also, Jeep will introduce MOPAR service for dealings in parts and accessories.