Jeep reveals more about the India-spec Compass
1.4L petrol and 2.0L diesel confirmed; launch likely by July
We've had a fair idea of what Jeep will be bringing to the table with the launch of the Compass, but now, we know certain things -- at least things on the outside -- for sure.
At the Compass' debut in India, Jeep has confirmed it will get a 1.4-litre MultiAir petrol motor, which should make in excess of 160bhp and 250Nm of torque. It'll also get a 2.0-litre MultiJet diesel, which will make upwards of 170bhp and 350Nm of spin. Gearbox options include a six-speed manual and a seven-speed dual clutch auto for the petrol, while the diesel gets the six-speed stickshift only.
Interestingly, Jeep is building the diesel engine at its Ranjangaon plant, but is importing the MultiAir engine along with the transmissions. We wonder what sort of implications that'll have on the price, but it's clear that Jeep is aiming for a low starting price for the Compass, because both engines will also be available in two-wheel drive flavour.
Jeep did consider a seven-seat version of the Compass, but binned the idea for two reasons. One, being the fact that demand for five-seat SUVs outstrips demand for seven-seaters, a trend that is accelerating, and second, the fact that an increase in length would probably get in the way of its off-road chops. Good call, we say.
As standard, the Compass will get dual airbags, ABS, traction control, ESC, hill start assist as standard, while the 4x4 models will get six airbags. Speaking of 4x4, Jeep's system is called 'Active Drive'. In conjunction with the Selec-Terrain drive modes (Auto, Snow, Sand and Mud), Active Drive switches between two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive as per requirement and splits power between all four wheels to ensure traction is never lost.
Production of the Compass will commence in June, so it's not entirely unreasonable to expect Jeep to launch it in July. And since Jeep considers the Hyundai Tucson as the Compass' rival-in-chief (and promises competitive pricing), expect the range to start at just under Rs 20 lakh for the two-wheel drive diesel. If Jeep can pull that off, we could witness something of a revolution in the C-segment...