American SUV maker Jeep has just introduced the Bharat Stage 6 (BS6) emission norms compliant version of the Compass, just ahead of the 2020 Indian Auto Expo, which starts tomorrow. Jeep is skipping the Auto Expo. The Jeep Compass BS6 is available with both petrol and diesel engine options, and prices have increased between Rs. 25,000 and Rs. 1.1 lakh. Prices of the Jeep Compass BS6 start from Rs. 15.6 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi.
The SUV is available with 2 engine options: a 1.4 liter-4 cylinder turbocharged petrol with 160 Bhp-250 Nm, and two gearbox options: a 6 speed manual and a 7 speed twin clutch automatic. All petrol Compass variants are front wheel driven. The Compass Diesel is powered by the 2 liter-4 cylinder turbocharged diesel engine with 170 Bhp-350 Nm outputs. The diesel engine is now available with 6 speed manual and 9 speed torque converter automatic gearboxes. Both front wheel drive and four wheel drive options are available with both gearboxes.
The Compass Diesel has managed to achieve BS6 compliance with the help of urea injection, and gets a urea tank that has to be periodically refilled to ensure clean tail pipe emissions. The BS6 versions of the petrol and diesel engine can run on both BS4 and BS6 fuels. This should put to rest the concerns that many buyers have been expressing about availability of BS6 fuel.
Meanwhile, Dr. Partha Datta – President and Managing Director of Fiat Chrysler Automotive India had this to say about the BS6 Compass,
We were the first OEM to roll out a BSVI powertrain in the premium compact SUV category in June 2019 and now, in eight months, our entire Jeep Compass range is BSVI compliant. There is a marginal price revision across the range owing to significant technological upgrades in both our petrol and diesel engines. However, we have loaded our trims with additional equipment, which offers abundant value to the customer.
The Compass rivals the likes of the higher variants of the Tata Harrier and MG Hector on one end of the price band while the SUV takes on the Hyundai Tucson on the other end of the price spectrum. Known for its tough build, good road manners, strong feature-set and powerful engines, the Jeep Compass is a premium compact SUV.
The range topping TrailHawk variant is quite capable, and gets specific changes for good performance off the road. The suspension is different – with more articulation while the all wheel drive system now gets low range, rock and sand modes. The TrailHawk trim also gets higher ground clearance and underbody protection as standard.