Jeep launched its first made-in-India car – the Compass in 2017. The American manufacturer revealed the facelift version of the car at 2020 Guangzhou International Motor Show and the same car will be launched in the Indian on 23rd January as per reports. Some of the reports also claim that the Jeep dealerships have started accepting the bookings unofficially before the formal announcement from the manufacturer.
The new Jeep Compass will receive a few updates that will make it armed with new features too. On the outside, the mid-size SUV will get tweaked headlamps that are sleeker than before. The headlamps get integrated LED DRL and honeycomb mesh on the seven-slat grille. The car also gets a new bumper at the front and larger air dam that now make the vehicle look bolder. The air dam now runs from end-to-end and also have the fog lamps. On the side, the vehicle also gets newly designed alloy wheels. Apart from these changes, there are revised faux skid plates at front and rear. There are no other changes in the vehicle.
The Compass will also get a few changes on the inside. To start with, the vehicle gets a new 10.1-inch floating-type touchscreen system. The dashboard also gets a few tweaks and the AC vents have now become slimmer. The new infotainment system gets the UConnect 5 system that will allow connections to Amazon Alexa and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It will allow the customers to received over-the-air updates just like many other vehicles in the segment. The top-end versions are likely to get the new three-spoke steering wheel with a larger, fully digital instrument cluster. Also, leather inserts, double stitches and aluminium-like trims will make the car look much more premium than before. The cabin remains light grey colour and will also offer panoramic sunroof like the pre-facelifted version of the SUV.
While Jeep has updated the engine line-up with the update in the international markets, the Indian market will continue to get the same engine options. There will be a 2.0-litre diesel engine that generates a maximum power of 173 PS and 350 Nm of peak torque. The petrol variants will come powered by the 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine that generates a maximum power of 163 PS and peak torque of 250 Nm. Both the engine options get the 6-speed manual as standard. Jeep will also offer a seven-speed DCT automatic transmission with the petrol engine option while the diesel engine available with the Trailhawk will offer a 9-speed torque convertor. The regular variants will not offer a diesel-automatic set-up.
Jeep also plans to launch the 7-seater version of the Compass in the Indian market. The bigger Jeep is likely to be launched by the end of 2021 and will also be made-in-India. While Jeep has not officially announced anything on the arrival of the Compass facelift, T-BHP claims that the car will be launched on 23rd January. With the launch of the new car, expect a slight hike in the price too.
The new Jeep Compass facelift will take on the likes of Hyundai Tucson and Skoda Karoq in the Indian market. However, the base variants of the Compass will also take on the top-end variants of the Hyundai Creta, MG Hector, Tata Harrier and the likes.