The Jeep Compass SUV will see its prices being hiked from January 2018. The price hike is due to higher input costs, which the automaker will soon pass on to customers. However, the price of the Compass’ base variant – the Sport Petrol – will be unchanged at 15.16 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi. Jeep will hike prices of other variants by 2-4 %. So, expect a price hike of up to Rs. 80,000. The impending price hike will be the second such hike, as Jeep already hiked prices of the Compass by up to Rs. 72,000 after GST came into effect.
Presently, the Compass is priced in a range between Rs. 15.16 lakhs to Rs. 21.37 lakhs. The SUV has just outsold its prime competitor – the Mahindra XUV500 – in November 2017. Jeep has sold over 10,000 units of the Compass SUV in just 4 months of launch, making it the most successful vehicle for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) in India. The Compass is also exported to many right hand drive (RHD) markets from India, making the Fiat factory at Ranjangaon a global export hub for the RHD versions of the SUV.
Jeep will introduce diesel automatic variants of the Compass next year. These variants are likely to be shown at the upcoming Indian Auto Expo of 2018. Presently, the Compass is offered with a choice of two engines, both of them turbocharged. The 1.4 liter petrol pumps out 160 Bhp and 250 Nm, and is available with two transmission options – a 6 speed manual and a 7 speed twin clutch automatic.
However, there is no four wheel drive system on the petrol variants of the Compass, which are front wheel driven. On the other hand, the diesel engined Compass offers a four wheel drive option on the top-end Limited variant, while lower variants get a front wheel drive layout. The diesel engine is a 2 liter Multijet unit sourced from Fiat. It produces 170 Bhp-350 Nm, and is paired to a 6 speed manual gearbox.