Jeep’s new compact SUV, the Compass is expected to hit the showrooms by the middle of 2017, the SUV looks like a smaller Jeep Grand Cherokee and the front profile looks identical to the Grand Cherokee with similar looking headlamps and grille setup. The company recently unveiled the Compass and it measures 4394mm in length, 1647mm in height and 1874mm in width, which is identical to the newly launched Hyundai Tucson.
The Jeep Compass is built on the same platform as the Jeep Renegade, however, the upcoming Compass boasts of a slightly longer wheelbase, that generates more space on the inside and it also uses slightly altered suspension system for better driveability. The dampers of the SUV adjust automatically while on rough roads or while cornering, and the car also uses an electric handbrake.
Once you step inside, you will be welcomed by a premium looking dual tone interior that is complemented by metal highlights. Additionally, the central console houses features like, a Terrain, select dial, engine start-stop buttons, climate and volume control knobs and 12V charging socket. The steering wheel of the Compass also carries mounted controls and the driver information display is placed neatly between twin pod instrument cluster. Additionally, the company claims that the SUV comes with 70 active and passive safety features.
The India specific Jeep Compass is like likely to get two engine options - a Fiat sourced 2.0-litre Multijet diesel engine and a 1.4-litre Multiair turbocharged petrol engine. The Diesel engine is capable of producing 165 bhp of maximum power and 360nm of maximum torque, while the turbocharged petrol motor can churn out 152 bhp of maximum power and 230nm of peak torque. The SUV is expected to come with two transmission choices as well - automatic and manual transmission. The Jeep Compass is brilliantly capable on off roads as well. The Jeep Active Drive system can send 100 per cent of the available torque to a single wheel with a disconnecting rear axle and power take-off unit (PTU).
Currently, Jeep imports its Wrangler and the Grand Cherokee SUV in India via the CBU route, which has helped the prices to touch sky, but now the Compass will be made in India and one can expect it to be priced around Rs. 25 lakh. The upcoming Compass will compete with the likes of Hyundai Tucson, Skoda Yeti and Renault Koleos.