FCA owned Jeep brand is the oldest SUV manufacturer in the world, yet it made its official entry in India last year only. After a couple of failed attempts to enter the country, Jeep finally announced the launch in August last year with two vehicles on offer in the country - the rugged Jeep Wrangler and the powerful Grand Cherokee, along with the Cherokee SRT performance SUV.
The pricing of the both the vehicles was exorbitant and Jeep couldn't get off to a flying start here. But Jeep had a completely different plan for the domestic market and while they arrived in India with high-priced vehicles, they knew that the only formula to success is by launching an affordable product. In comes the Jeep Compass compact SUV, which made its official debut in India on 12th April, 2017.
Here's everything you need to know about the all-new Jeep Compass SUV!
First India-made Jeep
While the Jeep Compass is already on sale in many of the left-hand drive countries, this is the first time Jeep will be manufacturing the right-hand drive Compass, and that too here in India. FCA India will roll out the first batch of Jeep Compass from its Ranjangaon manufacturing facility by June 2017 and they had invested US $280 million in the Jeep Compass project. Once launched, India-made Jeep Compass will be exported to the other right-hand countries, offering the highest levels of quality in the SUV.
From the first look, the Jeep Compass looks like a baby Grand Cherokee, with a lot of design cues inspired from the latter. While the exterior styling of the Jeep Compass is fresh, the trademark Jeep's seven-slot grille and trapezoidal wheel arches are carried forward from Jeep's designing language. The bold front fascia, the muscular side stance and the well balanced rear end make the Jeep Compass one of the best looking SUV in the country today.
While we know how the exteriors of the Jeep Compass looks like, there's hardly any detail on the cabin of the India-made Compass, as Jeep India didn't reveal the interiors of the SUV. All we can do is guess the details based on the international mode. It is being said that the Made-in-India Jeep Compass will be manufactured in 50 different trim, powertrain, transmissions and colour combinations, to give the Indian customers an extensive range of options. Expect a wide range of equipment on offer.
More than the features itself, the Jeep Compass will be known for its exhaustive set of Safety equipment, making it one of the safest SUV to run in the country. The Jeep Compass will come with over 50 safety and security features, starting from the likes of Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Dynamic Steering Torque (DST), Hill Start Assist (HSA), Adaptive Brake Lights, Panic Brake Assist and other such features as standard across the range. Apart from this, the Compass will also offer six airbags with dual stage passenger airbags.
To make the Jeep Compass a competent SUV, FCA will offer the four-wheel drive capability called as Jeep Active Drive in the car. The 4WD system is equipped with Select Terrain Traction Management System. The SUV will also come with a Driveline Disconnect Technology (DDT) which disconnects the drive to the rear wheels when not required, an aid in fuel saving and safer driving. Apart from this, the Frequency Selective Damping (FSD) will provide variable damping that adjusts to road undulations.
Jeep India has announced two engine options for the new Jeep Compass – a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol motor with 160 hp and 260 Nm output and a 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine with 170 hp and 350 Nm output. The transmission options for the Compass include a 6-speed manual transmission and a 7-speed Dual Dry Clutch Technology (DDCT) automatic transmission.
Pricing the Compass correctly and strategically will be the biggest challenge for Jeep India. As discussed above, Jeep knows that how crucial is pricing for a country like India and hence, production will be done in India only to reduce the price drastically. According to reports, Jeep will price the Compass somewhere in the bracket of Rs 17 Lakhs to Rs 20 Lakhs, meaning it will compete against the likes of Hyundai Tucson and upcoming Volkswagen Tiguan.