American carmaker Jeep will launch its most affordable product till date, the Compass, in India today. The compact SUV made its world premiere in September last year and its Indian derivative was introduced to the media in April 2017. The Jeep Compass also bags the title of being the first product from the American carmaker that has been made in India. It will also be exported from India to all the right-hand drive markets across the globe.
On the design front, the compact SUV does bring a whiff of freshness into the segment. We’ve already driven it and you can read our first drive review to get a more in-depth know-how. As far as engines are concerned, it comes with both diesel and petrol engines. While the diesel motor has a 2.0-litre displacement and pumps out 173PS/350Nm, the 1.4-litre turbo-petrol engine produces 162PS/250Nm. Being part of the FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) Group, both engines have been sourced from Fiat.
Both engines can be had with a 6-speed manual gearbox but customers opting for the petrol-powered Compass may also pick a 7-speed dual-clutch auto. For now, Jeep will offer the 4×4 system with its diesel-fed engine only.
A total of eight variants will go on sale, comprising of three petrol and five diesel. These are Sport, Limited and Limited (O) with the petrol mill and Sport, Longitude, Longitude (O), Limited and Limited (O) with the diesel motor.
Ever since its official bookings began on June 20 this year, the Compass has received a remarkable response by bagging over 1000 bookings in just three days. We expect all its variants to fall in the price bracket of Rs 18-25 lakh. Its list of direct rivals includes the Hyundai Tucson and the Honda CR-V. Question is, would you be willing to buy the Jeep over its more established rivals?
The Jeep Compass is available in a total of ten variants: Here’s the variant-wise pricing (ex-showroom Delhi):
Sport: Rs 14.95 lakh
Limited AT: Rs 18.70 lakh
Limited AT (O): Rs 19.40 lakh
Sport: Rs 15.45 lakh
Longitude: Rs 16.45 lakh
Longitude (O): Rs 17.25 lakh
Limited: Rs 18.05 lakh
Limited (O): Rs 18.75 lakh
Limited 4×4: Rs 19.95 lakh
Limited 4×4 (O): Rs 20.65 lakh