Jeep has finally launched the facelift of the Compass, which was due for quite some time now. It was first launched way back in 2017. So, it was high time that Jeep updated the Compass. The new SUV now comes with tweaked exterior design and a new cabin. However, mechanically there are no changes. The 2021 Compass now starts from Rs. 16.49 lakhs ex-showroom and go all the way up to Rs. 24.99 lakhs ex-showroom. Currently, the Compass is the most affordable and the only locally manufactured product from Jeep.
Design-wise the Compass Facelift is more aggressive and sleek when compared to the outgoing Compass. It has a sleeker-looking grille with Jeeps’ 7-slats that are now surrounded by chrome. Jeep will now be offering full LED headlamps with LED Daytime Running Lamps and LED fog lamps. The bumper now looks more aggressive with a bigger air intake and a new faux skid plate. It also gets new 5-spoke dual-tone alloy wheels. The chrome belt line below the window now comes till the rear glass area. There are no major changes to the rear of the SUV due to which the LED tail lamps look similar to the outgoing generation of Compass.
The biggest change is in the cabin. It now gets tan-coloured padding on the dashboard with a black soft-touch pad. Jeep is using premium materials throughout the cabin. So, the cabin now feels plusher. The Compass also gets a new 3-spoke steering wheel which has multi-function buttons and a Jeep logo in it. We also get a new 10.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system that comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The buttons for the climate control system has also been re-arranged and now looks neater than before.
There is also a new digital instrument cluster, powered tailgate and a 360-degree parking camera. Overall, the cabin now feels and looks more premium and modern when compared to the previous version. It gets features like an auto-dimming interior rearview mirror, electronic parking brake, cornering fog lamps, push button to start/stop, dual-zone climate control, cruise control, voice commands and much more. One of the biggest addition to the Compass is the connected car technology, which offers a dedicated smartphone application through which you can geofence location, track the location of the vehicle, give theft alerts and much more.
Mechanically, it continues to get a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine that produces 163 PS of max power and 250 Nm of peak torque output. It is offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 7-speed Dual-Clutch Automatic gearbox. The 2.0-litre Multijet 2 diesel engine offers 173 PS of max power and 350 Nm of peak torque. It is offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 9-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. Jeep Compass will take on the Hyundai Tucson, Volkswagen T-Roc, Tata Harrier and the Skoda Karoq.
Jeep is currently working on expanding its portfolio by investing over Rs. 1,800 Crores to launch 4 new SUVs in the Indian market. They have already launched the Compass Facelift. Now, they will be working on the Jeep H6 which is a new 7-seater SUV that will compete against the likes of the MG Gloster, Ford Endeavour and the Toyota Fortuner. Then they will be working on the local assembly of the Wrangler so that it can be a CKD unit instead of a CBU unit. The last SUV will be their flagship, the Grand Cherokee which will also be coming back in the Indian market as a CKD unit.