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Rumour: Jeep India to launch Compass Trailhawk at Auto Expo

Rumour: Jeep India to launch Compass Trailhawk at Auto Expo

Jeep has finally unveiled its first-ever made-in-India SUV, the Compass.

Sharma of IHS Markit said if it is priced between Rs 15 and Rs 20 lakh, the Compass will attract customers from the Rs 12-15 lakh segment of the Mahindra XUV500, Hyundai Creta, Nissan Terrano, Tata Hexa, and also encourage buyers of BMW X1 and Audi Q3 to settle for a relatively newer badge like the Jeep. Both powertrains will come with the option of either a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 7-speed dual clutch automatic.

The Jeep Compass with two engines options ie a 1.4 litre petrol variant which dishes out a power of 160BHP and 250Nm torque, and a 2.0 litre diesel variant with gives out 170BHP power and 350Nm torque. Though the company may choose to launch a lower-end version of the Compass without four-wheel drive tech, the one to look out for will be the trim with the legendary 4X4 capability called Jeep Active Drive.

Pegged as the global compact SUV for Jeep, the Compass goes into production on the outskirts of Pune in June 2017 with the official launch starting shortly after.

FCA's Ranjangaon facility is extremely important for Jeep India and the plant will act as a global export hub for the Right-Hand-Drive (RHD) Compass.

New Delhi, April12:Jeep India has officially taken the wraps off the India spec Jeep Compass.

Reportedly, the design of Jeep's Compass would remain same as in the US. The Compass is likely to be offered with three interior themes including a black Urbex, a beige/ light brown Sandstorm and a Grey Mix (especially for India and China).

The Renegade is the smallest offering from Jeep and is offered in both, 4x2 and 4x4 setups in the worldwide market. The SUV will be exported to right hand drive markets like Australia, Japan and the United Kingdom from India. To start with, the model showcased to the media today doesn't have the panoramic sunroof, 18-inch diamond-cut wheels or even the dual-tone roof option (might be available at the time of launch), which are available in the Compass globally.

If we talk about the design, the vehicle bears a seven-slot grille along with a clamshell hood with a central bulge. This would also be the first Made in India model of the popular automobile company, Jeep. But the one to really stand out as an ideal for our conditions could be the Frequency Selective Damping (FSD) tech.

Keeping safety concern in mind, the vehicle comes with over 50 safety features including electronic stability control, hill start assist, front airbags + 6 airbags (4X4), anti-lock braking system, EBD, PBA, HBFC, EBP, all disc brakes, aluminium front and rear crumple zone, electronic rollover mitigation, all speed traction control, anti-fog coating on windshield glass, cornering fog lamps etc.

American carmaker Jeep has just revealed their India-spec Compass. If it does, prepare to see more Jeep SUVs in the country in near future. The compact SUV will be positioned below the Compass and prices are expected to be around Rs 10 lakh.

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