Even before the prices of the Jeep Compass were announced, FCA India was reporting 5,000+ bookings for the SUV. With a starting price of just under 15 lakhs, the number of buyers queuing up at dealerships is rising thick and fast.
IAB learns first hand that the current waiting period for the Compass stands at three months. Moreover, prospective customers have to wait for hours just to get a test drive of the SUV. The first batch of the India-made Jeep Compass was delivered to customers on August 5 at Fiat's plant in Ranjangoan where the SUV is manufactured. For now, deliveries of only the diesel variants have begun, with petrol variants reaching customers around Diwali.
FCA launched the Compass in India on July 31 at a starting price of INR 14.95 lakhs for the base petrol Sport trim going up to INR 19.40 lakhs for the Limited (O) petrol automatic version. The Jeep Compass diesel ranges from INR 15.45 lakhs for the base Sport trim to INR 20.65 lakhs for the Limited(O) 4x4 manual (all prices ex-showroom Delhi).
The two engine options on offer are the 162 PS 1.4 L MultiAir petrol and a 173 PS 2.0 Multijet II diesel. All diesel trims and the Sport petrol trim employ a 6-speed manual as standard. A 7-speed DDCT (Dry Dual Clutch Transmission) is available, but only on the top end Limited and Limited (O) petrol trims. The Jeep Compass diesel automatic variants are expected to arrive in showrooms before the end of this fiscal year.