There’s no doubt in the fact that the Jeep Compass is a highly sought-after SUV in the segment. It is the highest-selling vehicle from the brand and takes on the likes of Tata Harrier, Hyundai Tucson and Mahindra XUV500. In recent times, automatic vehicles are gaining quite a popularity in the Indian market. Until recently, Jeep only offered the automatic transmission with the petrol variants of the Compass. The manufacturer launched the Compass Trailhawk, which is the most expensive version of the SUV and is priced close to Rs 30 lakh. It is currently the only variant that offers an automatic transmission with the diesel engine option.
Jeep is now working on launching the automatic transmission in the lower variants of the Compass too. ACI reports that Jeep will bring the diesel-automatic combination with the introduction of the BS6 emission compliance norms. Jeep is currently testing the new compliant engine on the roads and it is expected to be launched by the end of this year. ACI says that the new diesel-automatic variants will be launched by the festive season in the Indian market. It should be noted that the sales skyrocket during the festive season in India and a lot of manufacturers plan their launches around this time of the year. Jeep is likely to follow the trend and launch the vehicle at around Diwali, which is around October-November.
Since the Jeep Compass Trailhawk is already present in the Indian market, Jeep is unlikely to launch the automatic variant of the Limited Plus version, which increases the overall price of the car and will make it price closer to the Trailhawk. The lower variants will get the 9-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Jeep may also not launch the new transmission with the 4X4 variants of the Compass, which means that only FWD Compass variants will get it. This will ensure that the customers who want to buy a 4X4 automatic will have a single choice – Compass Trailhawk. Jeep may cut down on the equipment to accommodate the price of the expensive 9-speed dual-clutch transmission when it is launched in the lower variants of the model.
The Indian market will get the compulsory BS6 norm from April 2020. A lot of manufacturers are working on their updated and new products to meet the deadline. Jeep Compass BS6 has already been spotted testing on the Indian roads. It will come powered by the same 2.0-litre diesel engine and the power output of 173 PS and 350 Nm will remain the same. The petrol-powered versions of the Jeep Compass will also get the same 1.4-litre turbocharged engine that produces a maximum power of 160 Bhp and peak torque of 250 Nm.