The Jeep Compass has finally made its India debut at the company’s Ranjangaon facility with much fanfare. The midsize SUV’s launch has been a long awaited one, ever since it was first revealed in Brazil late last year. Here are five things that you should know about this car.
1. Design and Built:
The Jeep Compass is built on the company’s small-wide 4×4 architecture shared with the Renegade, while the design influence for the exterior and interior comes from the bigger Grand Cherokee. The iconic Jeep styling is present, but now gets a modern touch.
2. Spacious Cabin:
The cabin also resembles the bigger Cherokee and will feature a host of creature comforts. The India-spec version will get plenty of metal brightwork, or bracketing, and features like Terrain Select dial, a full-colour 7.0-inch or smaller 3.5-inch driver information display and a large 8.4mm touchscreen. Higher trim models are also likely to get leather seats and dual-tone upholstery.
3. New Diesel Powerplant:
The Compass will also feature a Fiat-sourced 2.0-litre Multijet II four-cylinder diesel engine churning out 170hp peak power. Also on offer will be a new 1.4-litre Multi-air turbo-petrol motor developing in the region of 160hp.
4. Off-roading Capability:
Four-wheel drive versions will be meant for those who like to go off the beaten track every now and then. A two-wheel drive version will also be on offer. The automaker will also bring in the more off-road Trailhawk variant to India as well but only early next year.
5. Made in India:
The Compass will be both manufactured and exported from Fiat’s Ranjangaon plant outside Pune and will feature an extremely high level of localisation.