The Jeep Compass is working very well for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) in India. Exports to right-hand drive markets are also going quite well for the brand. The Compass is built at the Fiat factory in Ranjangaon, near Pune. 25,000 units of the SUV have been produced in just 7 months of production.
The Compass has been FCA’s biggest hit in India in years, and the company sells over 2,000 units of the SUV each month. The Compass competes with the Hyundai Tucson at the higher end and the Mahindra XUV500-Hyundai Creta at the lower end.
The Compass is available with four engine-transmission combinations: petrol-manual, petrol-automatic, diesel-manual and diesel-4X4. The petrol engine of the Compass is a 1.4 liter turbocharged unit capable of outputting a maximum power of 160 PS and a maximum torque of 250 Nm.
The engine is available with 6 speed manual and 7 speed, twin clutch automatic gearboxes. The petrol Compass is front wheel driven. The diesel Compass gets a 2 liter turbocharged engine with 170 PS and 350 Nm. The 6 speed manual gearbox is available with front wheel drive and four wheel drive options.
Later this year, Jeep India will introduce the Trailhawk variant of the Compass Diesel 4X4. The Trailhawk variant will be an off-road focused variant, which will be much costlier than the regular diesel versions. It will have different tyres, bumpers, slightly revised styling and also more features. We expect it to be priced at a little over Rs. 25 lakhs. A key mechanical change on the Trailhawk Compass is expected to be a 9 speed automatic gearbox sourced from ZF. This gearbox is also expected to be offered on the diesel, front wheel driven variants of the Compass.
The addition of the automatic option on the Compass Diesel could push up sales significantly. For now, prices of the Compass start from Rs. 15.21 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi. The new variants of the SUV, due for 2018, will be much more costlier though. Sometime in 2019, Jeep is likely to expand its affordable SUV range in India by introducing a sub-4 meter model. The sub-4 meter SUV from Jeep will take on the Maruti Vitara Brezza, and is expected to either use the Renegade Small-Wide platform or be based on another new SUV that FCA plans to introduce soon globally.