Jeep India launched the all new Compass SUV in India last week for a starting price of Rs 14.95 lakh Rs 20.65 lakh (ex showroom). The company on Sunday announced that the first batch of the Compass diesel variant is now on its way to its customers. Moreover, Jeep has also received close to 38,000 enquiries for the Compass with bookings stand at 5,000. The new Compass, which is Jeep’s least expensive offering in the country, is being locally produced at Fiat’s Ranjangaon facility, near Pune.
With striking similarities to the Grand Cherokee, the all new Jeep Compass offers seven slat grille which has become the identity of the Jeep brand. The sleek pair of headlamps flanking the grille comes with LED daytime running lamps. The fog lamps sit on the bumper which also has a dual tone effect to it. In profile it is clear that the Compass has proper SUV intentions. The big wheel arches house the 18in alloys and the claddings give it that tough look.
Engine duties are taken care by a 1.4-litre Multi-Air Turbo petrol engine and a 2-litre Multijet diesel engine. While the petrol engine has maximum power output of 160 bhp and maximum torque of 250 Nm, the diesel engine churns out 170 bhp of peak power and 350 Nm of peak torque. Both the engines come mated to 6-Speed Manual gearbox. The petrol engine is available with the 2WD function, the diesel engine is available in both 2WD and 4WD functions. Currently, Jeep India is only offering the diesel variant, while the petrol variant will be introduced closer to Diwali.
The boot on the other hand offers 480 litres of cargo space which can be enhanced to a rather large 770 litres by folding the seats down.
The Jeep Compass takes on the Hyundai Tucson and Honda CR-V in India.
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