Regular Jeep Compass to gain diesel-AT combo before Diwali - Report

22/07/2019 - 17:38 | ,   | Prashant Singh

Nearly two years after the Jeep Compass was launched in India, a diesel-AT combo was introduced, in June this year. However, it's currently exclusive to the SUV's off-road-oriented Trailhawk variant, which is much more expensive. According to a new report, FCA plans to introduce this combination in the standard variant as well, before Diwali this year.

Jeep Compass Trailhawk Front Three Quarters
The Jeep Compass diesel-AT is likely to be available in only front-wheel drive drivetrain layout, compelling customers wanting a 4x4 system to go for the pricey, Trailhawk variant.

The report suggests that the diesel-AT combination will only be introduced in the lower-spec and mid-spec equipment lines of the Jeep Compass. If FCA were to offer this combination in the range-topping Limited Plus equipment line of the standard variant, the price might get very close to that of the Trailhawk variant. This, obviously, would take a toll on the sales of the Trailhawk variant.

To keep the diesel-AT combination in the Jeep Compass as affordable as possible, FCA will likely offer it in only FWD drivetrain layout. Another way of looking at this move, of course, will be that the company is trying to compel customers seeking a 4x4 system as well to upgrade their choice to the pricey, Trailhawk variant. The diesel-AT combination in question is the BS-VI 2.0-litre MultiJet II diesel engine that produces 170 HP and 350 Nm of torque coupled to a 9-speed torque converter.

The introduction of the diesel-AT combination in the regular Jeep Compass will mean that FCA will be able to drive in more customers of the Mahindra XUV500 (Rs 15.32-18.45 lakh*) and the Hyundai Tucson (Rs 23.62-26.95 lakh*) to its showrooms.

Jeep Compass Trailhawk Front Quarter
Jeep Compass Trailhawk costs about INR 3.7 lakh more than the range-topping Jeep Compass.

Also Read: Jeep Wrangler JL to be available in India in Moab Edition as well

Very soon, likely sometime next month, FCA will launch the fourth generation Jeep Wrangler range in India.

*Diesel-automatic configurations' price range, ex-showroom Delhi.

[Source - Autocar India]

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