Jeep India is all set to launch the facelifted Compass SUV on the 7th of January 2021. The facelifted Compass will get a slew of changes, and has already been launched in international markets. Key changes on the facelifted vehicle will be a stylistic facelift on the front end, revised alloy wheels and refreshed interiors with a few additional features. Mechanically, the facelifted Compass will continue unchanged.
The facelifted Jeep Compass will get a new front bumper, revised styling for the front grille, a new faux skid plate, refreshed alloy wheels and a redesigned dashboard. Feature additions include Alexa support for the new, floating-type Touchscreen infotainment console that runs UConnect, a digital instrument cluster and a new steering wheel. Materials used on the interiors will also change for the better, with leather and satin finish for many surfaces.
As for engines, the Jeep Compass Facelift will continue to be sold with two engine options: a 1.4 liter-4 cylinder turbocharged petrol engine with 160 Bhp-250 Nm and a 2 liter-4 cylinder turbocharged diesel engine with 170 Bhp-350 Nm. Both engines will continue to be offered with 6 speed manual gearboxes as standard. While the petrol motor will get a 7 speed twin clutch automatic gearbox options, the diesel will be offered with a 9 speed torque converter automatic option.
Jeep sells the Compass Petrol as a front wheel drive SUV while the diesel powered models get an all wheel drive layout on the higher trims. Jeep also sells an off-road focused version of the Compass called the TrailHawk. The Compass TrailHawk – available only in diesel – gets reprofiled front and rear bumpers, underbody protection, dedicated off road modes and suspension with better articulation for off road driving. It’s a lot pricier than the regular diesel variants of the Compass, and is a range topping trim. It remains to be seen if the TrailHawk variant will also be a part of the facelift.
The facelifted Jeep Compass represents a mid-life makeover for the American SUV brand’s least priced offering in the Indian market. A best seller for the Jeep brand in India, the facelifted Compass will take on the likes of the Tata Harrier-MG Hector-Mahindra XUV500 on the lower end of the price spectrum and the Hyundai Tucson-Skoda Karoq on the higher end of the price spectrum. Ex-showroom prices of the Compass start from Rs. 16.51 lakh.
The facelifted Compass is likely to get marginally pricier than the outgoing model, which was first launched in India a couple of years ago. The Compass Facelift will be built at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Ranjangaon factory, off Pune. The Compass is FCA’s most exported vehicle from the India, and reaches many right-hand drive international markets across the globe.
After buttressing its mass market credentials with the Compass, Jeep is set to expand its Indian operations with the additions of new vehicles. The SUV specialist will launch a 7 seat version of the Compass with a totally different name. The 7 seat version of the Compass will feature unique styling to differentiate itself from the Compass, and will be launched next year. Jeep is also working on a sub-4 meter compact SUV for emerging markets including India. The baby Jeep SUV is likely to make its India debut in 2022.