In February 2018, sales of the Jeep Compass have been higher than that of both the Mahindra XUV500 and the Tata Hexa, chief rivals of the American SUV. 1,941 units of the Compass were sold in India during February while Mahindra sold only 1,910 units of the XUV500 while Tata Motors managed to sell 895 units of the Hexa. Month on month, sales of the XUV500 have dropped while that of the Hexa has increased marginally. The Compass also shows a minor sales drop from January, where it sold 2,106 units.
The Compass has been Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s best selling vehicle in the Indian market, and a variety of factors
are driving sales. For one, the SUV is priced in XUV-Hexa territory. It looks very fresh, has powerful petrol and
diesel engines and is just the right size for a 5 seat SUV.
The diesel powered Compass uses a 2.0 Fiat Multijet turbocharged diesel engine with 170 Bhp of peak power and 350 Nm of peak torque. This engine features a 6 speed manual gearbox as standard. It’s available with front wheel drive and four wheel drive options.
The petrol powered Compass uses a 1.4 liter turbocharged engine with 160 Bhp and 250 Nm. The petrol engine gets a 6 speed manual gearbox as standard while a 7 speed twin clutch automatic gearbox is offered as an option. However, the petrol Compass does not get a four wheel drive mode even as an option.
Later this year, Jeep India is expected to add two more variants of the Compass. Both these variants can further increase sales. One variant will be a diesel-automatic model, with a 9 speed torque converter automatic gearbox on offer with the diesel engine. The other will be a range topping Trailhawk model, with better off-road capability and the diesel-automatic combination. The Trailhawk variant will also be the priciest in the Compass range, with a sticker price of over Rs. 25 lakhs.
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