Yes, that’s right. The cheapest Jeep in India just got a whole lot costlier. Prices of the Compass have been hiked thanks to the GST cess on SUVs. The vehicle’s now pricier by up to 72,000 rupees. The top-end Compass is now priced at 21.37 lakh rupees (up by a big Rs. 72,000), ex-showroom Delhi while the cheapest Sport 1.4 petrol variant is now priced at 15.16 lakh rupees (a modest 20,000 rupees hike). Jeep India seems to have done well to keep the prices of the lower variants as low as possible despite the GST cess hike.
Meanwhile, here are the updated prices for the Compass range in India:
Petrol: Sport: Rs 15.16 lakh, Limited (A): Rs 18.96 lakh, Limited (A) (O): Rs 19.67 lakh.
Diesel: Sport: Rs 15.99 lakh, Longitude: Rs 17.03 lakh, Longitude option : Rs 17.85 lakh, Limited: Rs 18.68 lakh, Limited (O): Rs 19.41 lakh, Limited 4×4: Rs 20.65 lakh, Limited (O) 4×4 : Rs 21.37 lakh.
Pre-GST cess prices of the Compass were:
Petrol: Sport: Rs 14.95 lakh, Limited (A): Rs 18.70 lakh, Limited (A) (O): Rs 19.40 lakh.
Diesel: Sport: Rs 15.45 lakh, Longitude: Rs 16.45 lakh, Longitude option : Rs 17.25 lakh, Limited: Rs 18.05 lakh, Limited (O): Rs 18.75 lakh, Limited 4×4: Rs 19.95 lakh, Limited (O) 4×4 : Rs 20.65 lakh.
The Compass has started off blisteringly in India, with over 10,000 bookings notched up in less than 2 months of launch. Waiting periods of the SUV have already hit over 8 weeks for popular variants, and Jeep has boosted production to meet the big demand.
A lot of Hyundai Creta, Renault Duster, Tata Hexa and Mahindra XUV500 buyers are now considering the Compass as their next buy, and a big reason for this is the sharp pricing by the American SUV brand. More variants will be added in the months to come. Diesel-automatic trims, which are missing in the range currently will be added early next year. Currently, Jeep is only delivering the diesel versions. Delivery of the petrol variants will begin from October.