Jeep India has just launched the off-road focused Compass TrailHawk SUV. The SUV is priced at Rs. 26.8 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi, making it costlier than the Limited Plus trim (priced at Rs. 23.11 lakhs). The Compass TrailHawk is equipped with a Bharat Stage 6 (BS6) emission norms compliant 2 liter Multijet turbo diesel engine with 170 Bhp of peak power and 350 Nm of peak torque on tap. This is Jeep India’s first SUV variant to meet BS6 norms, and in the coming months, we expect the entire Compass range to comply with the much tighter emission norms. However, the TrailHawk variant of the Compass is not about the BS6 engine. Far from it, the SUV is the best off roader in the Compass range, and comes with many features that make it good for going off the road.
For starters, there is the reprofiled front bumper which gives the Compass TrailHawk a better approach angle, and this will even help in real life, when the SUV has to exit steep ramps in parking lots. A similar treatment has been given to the rear bumper as well – increasing the departure angle – and the signature tow hook, which is missing at the front of the SUV due to India’s pedestrian safety norms, makes an appearance at the rear.
The Compass TrailHawk gets a raised suspension, which gives it a 20 mm lift, and boosts ground clearance by a similar number. The underside of the SUV gets additional protection in the form of strategically placed bash plates while the bonnet gets a black decal to minimize reflection during steep climbs off the road. Coming to the four wheel drive system on offer with the SUV, it gets two additional modes: Rock and Sand, but what will really elevate the vehicle’s performance off the road is the four wheel drive lock, which will multiply torque to over 600 Nm.
This should help not just for steep climbs but also for coming down steep inclines thamks to heavy engine braking. The Compass does have hill hold and hill descent control built into the all wheel drive system though. Another key mechanical change on the SUV is the 9 speed automatic gearbox, which is a torque converter unit. The automatic gearbox and the four wheel drive system will come together to make off roading quite effective and effortless in the Compass TrailHawk.
Want to know how the Jeep Compass TrailHawk fares off the road? Do check out Cartoq’s review here. On the inside, the TrailHawk variant gets contrast stitching and TrailHawk badging, which is also carried over to the hatch lid. Bookings for the new SUV are open across all Jeep dealerships in India, and deliveries will begin shortly.