The Jeep Compass is a couple of years old in India, and worldwide, the SUV is over 4 years old, which means that the time’s ripe for a facelift. While we’re yet to see test mules of the Jeep Compass Facelift hit the roads around the globe, Brazilian rendering artist Kleber Silva has let his imagination soar to bring us this speculative render.
As the render indicates, the facelifted Jeep Compass seems to take off from the Jeep Grand Commander 7 seat SUV in terms of the front end design. The grille is now more imposing while the headlamps are sleeker. The front bumper has also seen a full revision. The SUV also gets a refresh at the rear with new tail lamps. The profile shows a minor change with revised alloy wheels. Together, the changes at the front and rear do make the Compass look much fresher than the current version, which will begin to lose its sheen even in the Indian market in a year or two.
Apart from these changes, the Compass Facelift retains its silhouette and other key design bits, including the butch wheel arches and the traditional 7 slat Jeep grille. Under the hood, changes to the facelifted model are likely to be quite extensive. At Geneva this year, Jeep showcased a new plug-in hybrid for the Compass, which is expected to make it to the facelifted version. On whether the plug-in hybrid powertrain makes it to the Indian market is something that we’ll have to wait and watch.
Delving into the hybrid powertrain, it’s a 1.3 liter turbo petrol engine paired with an electric motor. Together, the electric motor and petrol engine will churn out 237 Bhp, which is more than ample for some thrilling performance. How about a 0-100 Kph run of 7 seconds? The SUV will also be able to go fifty kilometers on electric power, but with a limited top speed of 130 Kph. A four wheel drive system will be standard, and the SUV will support both plug-in charging and alternator charging.
As of now, the Compass that’s sold in India gets two engine options – a 1.4 liter turbocharged petrol motor with 160 Bhp-250 Nm, and a 2 liter Fiat Multijet turbocharged diesel with 170 Bhp-350 Nm. Both engines operate with 6 speed manual gearboxes as standard, along with a front wheel drive layout. While the petrol engine also gets a 7 speed twin clutch automatic gearbox option, the diesel gets a four wheel drive system as an option. By the middle of this year, Jeep will bring in the range-topping TrailHawk variant to India.
While the TrailHawk variant is already being produced in India, it’s currently offered only for markets abroad. The India-spec Jeep Compass TrailHawk will have a 2 liter turbo diesel engine paired with a 9 speed torque converter automatic gearbox. There will be additional off road modes in the form of Sand and Rock, while the front and rear bumpers will be revised for better off road performance. Also, the suspension will be tweaked for better articulation off the road. All in all, the Compass will be a top of the line variant, which is expected to command an ex-showroom price tag of Rs. 25 lakhs or more.