Goodbye! Jeep Compass Petrol, Compass TrailHawk

In a surprising move, Jeep has decided to discontinue the petrol variants and Trailhawk version of the Compass in the Indian car market. As a result, the Jeep Compass is now exclusively available as a diesel-only SUV, following the footsteps of its competitor, the Tata Harrier. Jeep did not update the 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine of the Compass to meet the BS6 phase-II emission norms, which had a deadline of April 1, 2023.

Goodbye! Jeep Compass Petrol, Compass TrailHawk

Previously, the petrol variants of the Jeep Compass were equipped with a 1.4-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine and offered 6-speed manual and 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission options. Jeep had already started discontinuing the petrol variants of the Compass in December 2022 by ceasing the production of petrol-manual variants. Prior to the BS6 phase-II emission norms deadline, Jeep also halted the manufacturing of petrol-automatic variants.

The 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine, which provided 163 PS of maximum power and 250 Nm of maximum torque in the Jeep Compass, was used in various models within the Stellantis group worldwide. However, the group began phasing out this engine in 2020 to make way for a more advanced and powerful 1.3-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine. This new engine replaced the 1.4-litre petrol engine in the Compass for the South American and European markets. Surprisingly, Jeep’s Indian division did not consider this option for the facelifted Compass currently available in India since 2020.

Petrol variants comprised of about 50% of sales

The discontinuation of the petrol engine is expected to pose challenges for Jeep India, as the petrol variants accounted for 50-60 percent of the Compass sales. The Compass is Jeep’s most affordable and high-volume model, with the brand selling around 600-700 units of the SUV each month. With the removal of petrol variants from the lineup, it is anticipated that these monthly sales figures will decrease significantly.

Furthermore, Jeep has also discontinued the range-topping Trailhawk version of the Compass. This particular variant was exclusively equipped with a 2.0-litre diesel engine, a 9-speed automatic transmission, and a hardcore four-wheel-drive system. Due to its higher price tag, the Jeep Compass Trailhawk had limited sales.

Recently, Jeep also eliminated a few other variants and special-edition models of the Compass, streamlining the lineup to three variants: Sport, Limited, and Model-S. These three variants are now exclusively powered by a 2.0-litre diesel engine, delivering 170 PS of power and 350 Nm of torque. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard, with the manual variants featuring a front-wheel-drive configuration. However, the Limited and Model-S variants offer the option of a 9-speed automatic transmission and a four-wheel-drive system.