The Jeep Compass has to be the most successful car that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) India has ever built. The 5 seat SUV’s sales has crossed the 10,000 units mark in just 4 months of launch. The Compass is the only mass-market Jeep SUV sold in India. It is built at the Fiat Ranjangaon factory. This factory is also a export hub for right-hand drive versions of the Compass. The SUV is built here and exported to RHD markets around the world including Australia, Thailand and the United Kingdom.
Jeep India CEO Kevin Flynn made the following remarks while announcing the Compass’ latest milestone,
The Jeep Compass is proving to be a popular SUV in a short span of time. We are indeed proud to cross the 10,000 Sales milestone and we are confident to continue with this great momentum in the New Year as well. Customers have appreciated the competitive price positioning of the Jeep Compass since launch. Effective January 1, 2018, prices will increase by 2-4%, except for the entry level variant, which will be maintained at INR 15.16 lakh (ex-showroom). Jeep will continue to offer a compelling Product and Price package in the New Year.
Coming to the Compass sold in India, it is available with two engine options, and three transmission options. The base variant is powered by the 1.4 liter turbocharged petrol engine with 160 Bhp-250 Nm on offer. This engine gets a 6 speed manual gearbox as standard, driving the front wheels.
The same engine is also offered with a 7 speed twin clutch automatic gearbox on higher variants. Even the petrol-automatic variants are front wheel driven. Prices of the Compass Petrol start from Rs. 15.16 lakhs. Prices of the petrol-automatic variants start from Rs. 18.96 lakhs.
The diesel variants of the Compass are powered by a 2 liter turbocharged Multijet engine with 170 Bhp and 350 Nm. A 6 speed manual gearbox is standard. Lower variants are front wheel driven while the top-end Limited variant gets a four wheel drive layout.
Prices of the Compass Diesel start from Rs. 15.99 lakhs. The Compass is a five seat SUV that competes with a range of other compact and full-sized SUVs in the Indian market mainly due to price overlaps. The Hyundai Creta, the Mahindra XUV500 and the Hyundai Tucson are the main competitors of the Compass in terms of pricing. Early next year, Jeep India will launch diesel-automatic variants of the Compass.