Actor Sonu Sood could be Jeep India’s new brand ambassador even as he posted an Instagram picture with the facelifted Jeep Compass SUV, due for launch on the 7th of January 2021. The facelifted Jeep Compass has been officially revealed through Instagram, and the picture reveals the main changes on the SUV in terms of styling. The Compass Facelift gets a new front grille, a reprofiled front bumper, a new faux skid plate and new alloy wheels.
Apart from these changes at the front and sides, the SUV retains its rear design, and the silhouette also remains unchanged. On the inside, the facelifted Compass is likely to get a new dashboard with a floating-type touchscreen infotainment interface with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Alexa support. The infotainment interface will be the UConnect program that’s standard on cars sold by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA). A new 3 spoke steering wheel and a revised instrument cluster that now goes fully digital will be the other feature additions on the facelifted SUV. New materials will be used for the dashboard lining and other parts of the interiors, taking the Compass up a notch in terms of sophistication.
The facelifted Compass will be mechanically unchanged though. The tried and tested engines: a 1.4 liter turbo petrol unit with 160 Bhp-250 Nm and a 2.0 liter turbo diesel unit with 170 Bhp-350 Nm will be offered with the facelifted SUV. The petrol engine will get 6 speed manual and 7 speed twin clutch automatic gearbox options while the diesel engine will get 6 speed manual and 9 speed torque converter automatic gearbox options. While the petrol engined Compass will be front wheel driven, the diesel powered SUV will get front wheel drive and all wheel drive options. It remains to be seen if these changes make it to the off-road oriented, top-of-the-line Compass TrailHawk trim.
A small upward revision in pricing is likely for the facelifted model. The outgoing model’s prices started from Rs. 16.51 lakh ex-showroom. The facelifted Compass has already made its international debut, and Jeep India’s Ranjangaon factory off Pune is a production hub for the right hand drive version. Jeep India is expected to begin exports of the right hand driven facelifted Compass to markets across the world including the United Kingdom, Australia and South Africa.
After launching the facelifted Compass in early January, Jeep is set to expand its Indian operations with the additions of new vehicles. The SUV specialist will launch a 7 seat version of the Compass with a totally different name. The 7 seat version of the Compass will feature unique styling to differentiate itself from the Compass, and will be launched next year. It’ll take on the likes of the Volkswagen Tiguan AllSpace and the Skoda Kodiaq. Jeep is also working on a sub-4 meter compact SUV for emerging markets including India. The baby Jeep SUV is likely to make its India debut in 2022. The sub-4 meter Jeep will square off against the likes of the Maruti Brezza, Kia Sonet, Toyota Urban Cruiser, Hyundai Venue, Mahindra XUV300, Tata Nexon and Ford EcoSport.