India-spec Jeep Compass to be available in petrol & diesel at launch - Report

19/02/2017 - 11:58 | ,   | Sagar Parikh

Will reportedly be launched in August 2017.

FCA India started operations with the Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Grand Cherokee models last year. Steep pricing and limited options have led to a mediocre response for these models, but for its game-changing product, the Jeep Compass, the company will follow a different strategy.

2017 Jeep Compass front three quarters at 2016 Sao Paulo Auto Show
The Indian-spec Jeep Compass should be offered with the 1.4-litre FIRE Multiair 2 petrol engine and the 2.0-litre MultiJet II diesel engine.

According to a new report from Autocar India, the 2017 Jeep Compass will be available in a variety of configurations right from launch. The company's first locally-made SUV in India will be available with petrol and diesel engine options, an automatic transmission as well as a four-wheel drive system.

The global-spec 2017 Jeep Compass is available in four trim levels: Sport, Latitude, Limited, and Trailhawk. Five four-cylinder engines, including 1.4-litre FIRE MultiAir 2 petrol, 2.0-litre Tigershark petrol, 2.4-litre Tigershark MultiAir 2 petrol, 1.6-litre MultiJet II diesel and 2.0-litre MultiJet II diesel, are offered. 6-speed manual, 6-speed dual-clutch automatic, 7-speed dual-clutch automatic and 9-speed automatic are the transmission choices. Some models are front-wheel drive, but in the others, Jeep Active Drive full-time 4x4 system/Jeep Active Drive Low full-time 4x4 system with 20:1 crawl ratio are offered. In all, there are 17 different configurations.

The Indian-spec Jeep Compass should come with the 1.4-litre petrol engine and the 2.0-litre diesel engine, with the former paired to a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and the latter linked to a 9-speed automatic transmission. Don't expect to see the Jeep Active Drive Low permanent four-wheel drive system with 20:1 crawl ratio, as that is exclusive to the top-end Trailhawk trim level.

Projector-beam headlamps with LED signature lights, LED signature tail lamps, 19-inch wheels, dual chrome exhaust tips, a dual-pane sunroof, 7.0-inch full-color LED instrument cluster, Uconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system and 9-speaker BeatsAudio Premium II audio system with a 12-channel amplifier and a subwoofer are the equipment highlights of the 2017 Jeep Compass.

Jeep Compass Longitude interior unveiled
The Jeep Compass is available in four trim levels globally: Sport, Latitude, Limited, and Trailhawk.

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The right-hand drive version of the second-gen Jeep Compass will be made exclusively at the Tata-FCA JV’s Ranjangaon plant in Maharashtra, India, with up to 80% local components. It will be launched in August 2017 with prices likely falling between INR 20 and 25 lakh (ex-showroom). FCA will sell the India-made Jeep Compass in international RHD markets which could include Japan, Australia and the UK as well.

[Source: Autocar India]

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