We informed you earlier that Jeep, an iconic American car maker is focusing on more affordable SUVs in the country. The car maker seems to be very much bullish about the Indian auto market as it is an essential market which is majorly price oriented. Jeep is looking to bring Compass SUV in India which has been spotted doing rounds previously. The 2017 Jeep Compass yet again has been spotted while testing on Indian roads. Expected to arrive in India by next year precisely in August, the upcoming premium SUV looks more like a baby Grand Cherokee. It is also believed that the 2017 Jeep Compass which was internally codenamed as Jeep 551 C- SUV will be introduced in many global markets along with India in both right as well as left hand drive versions. Also Read: 2017 Jeep Compass India launch confirmed for mid next-year; details revealed
Going by the latest spy shots, the testing mule is heavily camouflaged however, reveals Grand Cherokee inspired exterior design, conventional styling and rugged appeal. The new Compass was also put on show at Sao Paulo and Los Angeles Auto Show. Going by the dimensions, the new Compass SUV comes with length of 4416mm, 1819mm and height of 1645mm along with wheelbase of 2636mm.
Moreover, the upcoming Jeep Compass will be carmakers’ foremost locally manufactured model that will be developed at FCA-Tata JV’s plant in Ranjangaon which will also be production hub for right hand drive variants of SUV.
As Jeep India will be locally producing the new Compass SUV, the price of the SUV will be significantly lower than its current product range. Expected to be priced competitively in the premium SUV segment, the Compass SUV will compete against the likes of Honda CR-V, upcoming VW Tiguan and Hyundai Tucson. For the Brazilian market, the Compass SUV has been priced in the bracket of BRL 99,990 and BRL 149,990 which is equivalent to INR 20.29 Lakhs – INR 30.72 Lakhs (Ex-showroom).
Talking about the powerhouse option, the Compass SUV will be offered with a choice of petrol and diesel. The petrol unit is expected to be powered by a 1.4L Multiair turbocharged engine while the diesel variant is likely to sport a bigger 2.0L Multijet II turbodiesel 4-cylinder engine. The diesel variant will be mated to a 6-speed manual or 9-speed AT. Inclusion of Jeep’s Active Drive 4×4 system is also on the cards.
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