The Jeep Compass will be launched for the Indian market in the third half of 2017. It will be the first locally produced model from the American SUV marker and is being built up at the FCA re-developed plant at Ranjangaon.
Launched in 2016, the Compass is the new entry-level model from Jeep and replaces the older version. It wears the latest Jeep design and looks similar to a scaled down Cherokee. The models will be manufactured with a range of petrol and diesel engines, with both automatic and manual options and certain variants will have a four-wheel drive option.
The Compass is based on the ‘small wide 4×4 architecture’ that supports the Renegade. It will be regarded as a compact SUV and will be available globally in 4 different trim configuration.
Look at it from any angle and it is unmistakably a smaller Grand Cherokee. It offers the seven slat grille which has become the identity of this American brand. The sleek pair of headlamps flanking the grille come 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.
This will be an important step for Fiat and Jeep in India as it will be their first locally produced model. It is said it will likely rival the likes of the Honda CR-V. The Compass enters an extremely important and growing segment worldwide, and does so with an unmatched list of attributes that includes benchmark 4×4 off-road capability, fantastic on-road driving dynamics, fuel efficient power-trains and countless advanced technology and safety features all wrapped in the authentic Jeep design.
It is expected to sell volumes through both domestic and export sales, but will this be make or break for India’s Fiat.