Jeep confirmed its entry into India last year with the Wrangler and the Grand Cherokee models. The two introductions were direct imports which did make them retail considerably higher than their expected price in India. However, the American carmaker announced that the next product launch with a locally developed model and will be more affordable than its CBU (Completely Built-up Units) counterparts. After much wait, Jeep India is set to introduce the Compass, a more affordable, made-in-India SUV that is expected to be priced between Rs 18 lakh and Rs 22 lakh, ex-showroom in India. Unlike the international models, the Trailhawk version will not be offered in the country, however, Sport, Longitude and Limited will be available. While the Sport will be the entry-level trim, the Longitude will be a mid version offered with optional extras in another trim and the Limited with Limited (O) will the variant will all the bells and whistles. The Compass will be available in a 1.4-litre petrol and a 2.0-litre diesel engine options mated to a 6-speed manual and a 7-speed automatic transmission. Initially, Jeep will offer the Compass diesel versions only with a manual gearbox, however, an automatic transmission option will be on sale later. The 1.4-litre petrol engine generates 161 hp of power and 250 Nm of torque while the 2.0-litre diesel motor produces 172 hp of power and 350 Nm of torque. There will be a total of five trims on offer, Sport, Longitude, Longitude (O), Limited and Limited (O). A total of five colour options would be available for the Jeep Compass, Vocal White, Brilliant Black, Minimal Grey, Hydro Blue, Exotica Red and here is a break-up of what each variant of the Jeep Compass would offer.
Jeep Compass Sport – base variant
The base trim of the Jeep Compass, the Sport will be available in both engine options, but paired only with a manual transmission. This trim would come with 16-inch steel wheels, halogen headlamps, incandescent or conventional tail lamps and all-black interiors. Feature list even on the base variant of the Jeep Compass would be extensive which would include a 5-inch touchscreen infotainment system, electrically adjustable as well as foldable ORVMs (Outside Rear View Mirrors) and an electronic parking brake. Safety features would include dual front airbags, ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution), all disc brakes, Electronic Stability Control and traction control.
Jeep Compass Longitude – second variant
Unlike the Sport version, the major change for the Longitude would be that it would be offered only with the 2.0 litre Multijet II diesel engine. However, in addition to the features offered in the base trim, the Longitude would also have front fog lamps, 17-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry with push button start-stop, rear parking sensors and dual tone interior.
Jeep Compass Longitude (O) – third variant
While the Sport and Longitude versions are offered with a 5.0 inch touchscreen infotainment unit, the Longitude (O) trim would be available with a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system that would also support Android Auto as well as Apple CarPlay. Also, unlike the lower versions, the Jeep Compass Longitude (O) would have projector headlamps and a rear parcel tray as well. The other options such as alloy wheels, front fog lamps etc. would be carried forward from the Longitude variant.
Jeep Compass Limited – fourth variant
The Limited will be the top-end but one version in the Jeep Compass' lineup. This version would be available in both engine options with both transmission options albeit the fact that the diesel engine would not be offered with an automatic gearbox right now. The company would eventually introduce a diesel automatic version. In addition to the Longitude (O) version, the Limited would have the SelecTerrain 4WD all-wheel-drive system, LED tail lamps, rear camera, door sill guards, as well as six airbags which include dual front, side and curtain airbags. Other safety options such as traction control, ABS with EBD, Electronic Stability Control would be carried forward from the lower variants.
Jeep Compass Limited (O) – top-end variant
This will be the top-of-the-line version which will have two minor changes over the Limited variant. These include HID headlamps and a contrast black roof. Other features such as the 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with steering mounted audio as well as phone controls, cruise control, six airbags, traction control, ABS with EBD would be carried over from the lower versions.
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The Jeep Compass that will be locally assembled will also be exported to other right-hand-drive markets which includes the UK, Australia and Japan. For India, Jeep has to price the Compass at a aggressive price point and if introduced at a starting price tag of Rs 18 lakh, ex-showroom, the SUV is a clear winner in its segment considering the level of features it would offer. The challenge for Jeep India, if it introduces the Compass at this price point would be to offer an good aftersales service network like its competitors.