Jeep Compass spied on test in India with 1.6 L Multijet diesel engine
Dhruv Saxena, Mechanical engineer trying to find his place in the world of automobile journalism.
Spy pictures of a Jeep Compass with a 1.6 L Multijet diesel engine have been shared on Team-BHP. FCA currently offers the Compass with a 2.0 L Diesel engine in India.
The test mule bears camouflage partially covering the Exotica Red exterior. It's the inconspicuous sticker in the corner of the rear windshield that is the talking point here. It reads "1.6 TD(120) -6MT-AWD LTD -UK-60K" indicating that this example is powered by a 1.6 L Multijet diesel mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. There is also a 'Diesel' badge on the tailgate, something that is missing from the Indian-spec model. It is highly likely that Jeep is testing this engine model for exports. FCA India has announced that it will export the Compass to all RHD markets including the UK, South Africa, Japan and Australia.
The 1.6 L Multijet diesel from Fiat powered the Maruti S-Cross in India but was not locally manufactured. It is possible that Jeep is testing the smaller diesel engine for future launches Jeep Renegade and the sub-Renegade model, and may eventually start producing the engine locally.
Currently, Jeep India offers the Compass with a 1.4 L Multiair petrol and a 2.0 L Multijet II diesel. Manual variants of both engines feature a 6-speed manual transmission. The petrol variant also gets a 7-speed DDCT gearbox. While it is unlikely that Jeep will offer a smaller engined variant of the Compass in India considering the SUVs it goes up against, the possibility cannot be ruled out entirely.
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[source - Team BHP]