Jeep, the iconic American SUV brand entered the Indian market after years of delay. However, the brand truly took off in India with the launch of the Compass SUV. The mid-size SUV is currently the best-selling model from the FCA brand in India. However, the competition in the segment is becoming very competitive, especially with the launch of all-new cars like the MG Hector, Tata Harrier and soon-to-be-launched Kia Seltos. Jeep is currently working on a seven-seater version of the Compass, which is expected to be launched in the Indian market in the coming times.
Jeep has officially confirmed that they will launch the seven-seater version of the Compass in the Indian market in the coming times. The three-row SUV will be based on the Jeep Compass platform and is likely to look like an elongated version of the Compass. Shoeb Kalania has made a rendering image of the upcoming seven-seater Jeep Compass for IAB.
It should be noted that Jeep sells a China-specific Grand Commander SUV. However, the Indian version is expected to be quite different. The all-new 7-seater Jeep SUV will be launched in 2020-2021 and will be positioned against the likes of Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour, Skoda Kodiaq, Honda CR-V and the Mahindra Alturas. While Jeep is yet to confirm the name of the upcoming vehicle, Jeep may name it Commander Compass.
It should be noted that the all-new SUV will be based on the all-new Jeep Compass, which will be launched in the Indian market next year. Soon after the launch of the all-new Compass, the 7-seater will be launched in the market. The seven-seater vehicles are quite popular in India and the new version of the Compass will definitely push the sales of the brand.
Details like the engine and features are not known yet. However, Jeep is likely to power the all-new 7-seater version with a retuned version of the 2.0-litre diesel engine that also powers the current version of the Jeep Compass, Tata Harrier and MG Hector. In the Jeep Compass, the engine produces a maximum power of 170 Bhp and peak torque of 350 Nm. Jeep will offer both manual transmission and automatic transmission option with the 7-seater version of the Compass.
Feature-wise, we may get to see an optional 4X4 system with a low-ratio transfer case. However, Jeep may only offer AWD version with various terrain modes to keep the cost low. The car is expected to get a long list of features including a panoramic sunroof, wireless charging, electrically-controlled front seats, connected infotainment system and more of such features.