The Jeep Compass has been a favourite of many premium small SUV buyers. On sale in a price bracket of Rs.15.35 – 21.94 lakh, the Compass has even managed to attract buyers of successful models like the Mahindra XUV500 and the Hyundai Creta. The Compass has already been bought by many celebrities and now, as per a recent update, it has even become a ‘politician car’. Soon, Manish Sisodia, the Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, will be seen using a Jeep Compass as his official vehicle. The Jeep Compass will replace the Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara that Sisodia has been using till now.
After the formation of the Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal started using a Toyota Innova while Deputy CM Manish Sisodia chose the Maruti Suzuki SUV. Now, however, the administration has bought a new Jeep Compass SUV that will be handed over to Manish Sisodia by next week. Two years ago, five Maruti Ciaz cars were purchased for the officers of the Principal Secretary level. However, it looks like the administration has now decided to splurge on a more expensive and premium vehicle in the form of the Jeep Compass. Sisodia’s Compass will get the ‘0017’ registration number.
Like we said, the Jeep Compass has been a hot favourite of many premium SUV buyers. It offers a five-seat cabin and rivals the likes of Hyundai Creta and even some bigger SUVs like the recently updated Mahindra XUV500. In spite of having a less powerful diesel engine and a lesser number of seats, the Jeep Compass has been selling really well. The India-spec Jeep Compass is available with two engine options – 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol and 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel. The petrol engine offers a maximum power of 160 bhp along with a peak torque of 250 Nm. On the other hand, the diesel engine offers a max power of 170 bhp along with a peak torque of 350 Nm. 4×4 is optional. The petrol engine offers two transmission options – 6-speed manual and 7-speed dual-clutch automatic. The diesel engine is available with a 6-speed manual transmission only.
Later this year, Jeep India is expected to roll out the Trailhawk version of the Compass. The Trailhawk is likely to mark the debut of the 9-speed automatic gearbox for the diesel engine. The Compass is produced at Fiat’s Ranjangaon facility, off Pune. This manufacturing facility is a global production hub for the right-hand drive variants of the Compass. The SUV is exported to countries around the world such as the UK, Japan and Australia.
Source – EenaduIndia