Jeep compass is one of the highest-selling vehicle from the brand in our country and it competes with cars like Tata Harrier, Kia Seltos, MG Hector, Mahindra XUV500 and Hyundai Tucson in the segment. It is fairly equipped SUV in the segment, but one of the major convenience feature missing in the Compass as of now is the availability of a diesel automatic transmission. Currently the diesel engine with automatic transmission is only available in the TrailHawk version, which is way more expensive than the normal Jeep Compass. Jeep is now working on a diesel automatic version and is expected to launch in the market soon.
According Autocar India, Jeep will soon be launching an automatic transmission with diesel 4×4 variant. As per the report Jeep will bring in diesel automatic with their BS6 compliant diesel engine. As of now only the TrailHawk variant gets a BS6 compliant engine. The upcoming Jeep Compass 4×4 diesel automatic will be initially available in Longitude and Limited Plus variants.
The BS6 4×4 version will get all the features that are there in the current BS4 4×4 version. Compared to the BS4 Longitude variant, the diesel automatic variant will get some additional features like 7.0 inch touchscreen infotainment system, Dual-zone climate control, Cruise control, Rear view camera and dual tone upholstery. The diesel automatic transmission will initially be introduced in the 4×4 variants but will eventually make its way to the 4×2 trims as well.
Jeep 4×2 contributes to the major share of sales in the country at the moment and it would only help Jeep increase the sales if they launch the 2WD diesel version with the convenience of an automatic transmission. The Compass will continue to draw its power from a 2.0L, 4-cylinder, turbocharged diesel engine. This time the difference would be that the engine is compliant to the upcoming BS6 emission norms.The engine will be mated to a 9-speed automatic gearbox which will generate 173 PS of power and 350 Nm of peak torque.
We can definitely expect a hike in price of Compass when the automatic gearbox with the BS6 engine gets launched. Report also suggests that Jeep India has plans to expand their product portfolio in the coming years and will also be considering the possibilities of manufacturing cars and SUVs in India to keep the costs down, as we are a price sensitive market.