FCA’s Ranjangaon plant is already producing the Jeep Compass Trailhawk, but only for exports. In India, the company plans to offer it with a BSVI-compliant 2.0-litre MultiJet II diesel engine right from the get-go, and that’s still under development.
The Trailhawk variant delivers Trail Rated 4x4 capability. It comes with the Jeep Active Drive Low full-time 4x4 system with 20:1 crawl ratio, the five-mode Selec-Terrain system with exclusive Rock mode, increased ride height, skid plates, front and rear tow hooks, unique fascias offering a better approach, breakover and departure angles and off-road tyres.
The Trailhawk variant is highly anticipated in India because it will serve not only purists willing to take their Jeep to serious off-roading locations but also prospective customers waiting for an AT option with the diesel engine.
Reports say that like in the international markets, FCA India will pair the 2.0-litre MultiJet II diesel engine in the off-road oriented variant with a 9-speed automatic transmission. The 9-speed AT in question is quite expensive for our market, and with speeds limited to 120 km/h nationally, it wouldn’t make much sense offering something with capabilities far exceeding what is required.
IAB understands that the Indian-spec Jeep Compass Trailhawk will differ a little from what’s available internationally. Our version may see a higher level of visual differentiators, such as exclusive decals to name one.
Some level of cost-cutting is also expected, maybe with the deletion of expensive and unnecessary features like heated seats and 7-inch full-colour instrument cluster display. As for satellite navigation (unavailable in the standard variant here), it would be disappointing if even the go-anywhere variant doesn’t have that on board.
The Jeep Compass Trailhawk will cost close to INR 30 lakh (ex-showroom) in India.