A familiar sight that greets travellers driving from Mumbai to Pune is the massive Jeep Compass hoarding, placed right at the top of a hill. This hoarding really makes the Compass look every bit imposing, and many people may have chosen to opt for this SUV just after checking it out on the hoarding. Jeep India has just revealed what it took to assemble the mammoth hoarding on the hill beside the Mumbai-Pune expressway in this video. Watch it for yourself.
The Compass is Jeep’s biggest superhit in the Indian market. In fact, the SUV is the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles group’s biggest hit in many decades here in India. The Compass competes with vehicles, such as the Hyundai Creta and the Mahindra XUV500, and is a compact SUV that seats five. It’s assembled at the Tata-Fiat factory in Ranjangaon using cutting edge production techniques, and is also exported to right hand drive markets around the world.
Prices of the Compass start from about Rs. 15 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi, going all the way up to about Rs. 22 lakhs. The SUV sold in India comes with two engine options, although the version exported has more engines on offer. For India, Jeep sells the Compass with 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol and 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel engines. The petrol engine pumps out 160 Bhp-250 Nm, and is offered with a front-wheel drive layout as standard.
Transmission options on the petrol Compass include a 6-speed manual and a 7-speed, twin-clutch automatic. If you want a four-wheel drive mode, you’ll have to opt for the Compass Diesel though. Yes, the 2-litre turbocharged diesel engine on the Compass is offered with both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive layouts. The motor makes 170 Bhp-350 Nm, and is paired to a 6-speed manual gearbox. Jeep India will soon launch the TrailHawk variant of the Compass – a top-of-the-line model with a 9-speed automatic gearbox, four-wheel drive system with additional modes, uprated suspension, higher ground clearance and improved off road manners.