Jeep’s first made-in-India model, Compass will soon receive the more powerful, Trailhawk variant, reports in media suggest. It is expected that Jeep India will launch the Trailhawk variant later this year. The company is yet tight-lipped about the specifications for the Trailhawk version, though it says work is going on in full swing on the new models at the parent company, FCA’s manufacturing unit in Pune. Jeep currently manufactures the right-hand-wheel drive version of Compass at Fiat’s facility near the suburbs of Pune. Besides, the company exports Compass to all RHD markets from there, which is why Jeep India can choose to bring any available specs to the Indian market.
The Trail Rated Jeeps are layered with an off-road kit to make them viable for off-roading. As for the Jeep Compass Trailhawk, it gets Jeep’s Active Drive low-range 4WD and new ‘Rock Mode’ for its Selec-Terrain 4WD system. Additionally, the Trailhawk version offers 20mm higher ground clearance opposed to the standard Compass.
In aesthetic terms, the Trailhawk sports aerodynamically designed bumpers at the front as well as rear, which aide better approach and departure angles that stand at 30 degrees (approach), 24.4 degrees (breakover) and 33.6 degrees (departure), respectively. It also gets hill descent control as a standard provision.
Other additional elements on the Trailhawk include redesigned alloy wheels, a black painted anti-glare bonnet decal, signature red recovery hooks, all-leather floor mats, underbody skid plates and the Trailhawk as well as Trail Rated badge.
Launched in July last year, the Jeep Compass is currently available with a 1.4-litre petrol engine and a 2.0-litre diesel unit. Transmission choices include an automatic unit offered with the petrol engine and a manual gearbox which comes linked to the diesel powertrain.