Fiat Chrysler Automobile is all set to launch its Jeep Compass SUV in India and will finally put an end to all the speculations about its pricing. This is also probably the most important model for the company in India and is indeed betting big on this SUV. Jeep Compass is the Jeep's first locally manufactured product in India and is being manufactured at FCA's Ranjangaon facility near Pune. For the production of the Jeep Compass, the company has invested $280 million at its facility. The Ranjangaon facility will also be a global hub of manufacturing all the right-hand drive (RHD) models for other RHD markets making it an important export model as well. Jeep dealers have started accepting the bookings of the Compass at an amount of Rs 50,000. The Compass will be available in five trims- Sports, Longitude, Limited, Longitude(O), Limited (O) and in five colours- Vocal White, Brilliant Black, Minimal Grey, Hydro Blue and Exotic Red. We expect the company to price the Jeep Compass between Rs 15 lakh - Rs 18 lakh price range, ex-showroom, pan India.
Jeep Compass has taken its bits and bobs from its elder siblings, the Grand Cherokee. At the exterior, it gets projector headlamps with LED Daytime Running Lamps (DRLs) and LED tail lamps. The SUV gets 16-inch steel wheels and the top-trims will get 17-inch alloy wheels. Jeep Compass measures 4,447mm in length, 1,813mm in width, 1,651mm in height and get a wheelbase of 2,634mm. The SUV has a decent ground clearance of 178mm.
Under the hood, Jeep will offer the Compass with two engine variants - 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 172 hp of power and 350 Nm of torque. The petrol engine will be available only with a 7-speed dual clutch automatic gearbox, while the diesel motor will be mated to a six-speed manual transmission. We also expect that Jeep will launch petrol manual and diesel automatic variants of Compass later. It gets four driving modes-Auto, Snow, Sand and Mud and the higher variants will be available with all-wheel drive system.
Jeep Compass gets beige and black interior colour scheme and also features a 5-inch touch screen infotainment system with U-connect that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. In addition, it gets keyless entry, push button start, steering mounted control and dual zone AC.
The Compass gets safety features such as dual front airbags, ABS (Anti-lock Braking System), EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution) and supports traction and stability control. The higher trims of Jeep Compass get more equipment like 6 airbags and select terrain 4WD system.