A dealership-level source has informed us that Jeep India will launch a new variant of the Compass SUV on 20 September. Dubbed the Jeep Compass Limited Plus, the new model will become the new range-topping trim. Select Jeep dealerships are accepting bookings for the new top-spec variant for an amount of Rs 51,000.
The development is in sync with a previous report, which cited Steve Zanlunghi, Head of Jeep (APAC region), as saying that the company plans on keeping the Compass "fresh and alive" with the introduction of "different variants".
The Jeep Compass Limited Plus will offer a dual-tone exterior paint scheme. The most significant update will come in the form of an electric panoramic sunroof. The new variant rides on a set of new alloy wheels. On the inside, the new model will feature a tan leather upholstery and electric adjustment for the front seats with memory function. The cabin will feature six airbags. The 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system will be replaced with an 8.4-inch unit, which was, until now, provided only on the export-spec Compass.
The Jeep Compass Limited Plus won't have any mechanical updates. It will be available with two engine variants - 2.0-litre Multijet II turbo-diesel and 1.4-litre Multiair turbo-petrol. The diesel motor comes mated to a six-speed manual transmission. It offers a maximum power/torque of 173 PS/350 Nm and an optional 4WD. The petrol engine produces a maximum power of 162 PS along with a peak torque of 250 Nm. Transmission options include a six-speed manual and a seven-speed DDCT dual-clutch automatic. It's available in a front wheel drive (FWD) configuration only.
The Jeep Compass Limited Plus is likely to cost Rs 22.5 lakh (ex-showroom). Its launch will be followed by the introduction of the range-topping Trailhawk version in early 2019. The Compass Trailhawk will reportedly offer a BSVI-compliant engine and an automatic transmission for the diesel engine.
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