It has become fairly well-known by now that Jeep India plans to soon launch the Compass Trailhawk in our car market. A recent report claims that the upcoming model was recently showcased in a private gathering and that Jeep India would launch it in a matter of a few weeks from now. It’s noteworthy here that the Trailhawk is already being manufactured for the Right-hand Drive export market at Fiat’s Ranjangaon facility
The export-spec Jeep Compass Trailhawk is powered by a 2-liter turbocharged Diesel engine that outputs a maximum power of 170 bhp along with a peak torque of 350 Nm, which is basically the same engine that’s available on the Indian version. The aforementioned report goes on to state that even the India-spec Trailhawk will have the same state-of-tune. The made-in-India Australia-spec model, however, benefits from a 9-speed automatic gearbox.
The Jeep Compass Trailhawk is a more accomplished off-roader than the regular version. It comes with Jeep’s Active Drive low-range 4WD and hill descent control to help it trod effortlessly on the rough terrain. It also gets a new ‘Rock Mode’ for its Selec-Terrain 4WD system. Moreover, the ground clearance has increased by 20 mm and the bumpers have been updated to enhance the car’s Approach- and Departure-angles.
Visually, the upcoming Trailhawk trim will differentiate itself from the regular variants through the different set of bumpers, a blacked-out front grille, new decals, new skid plates, and new 17-inch wheels. The two-tone rims have been shod with 225/60 R17-spec all-terrain tires. The interior of the Trailhawk gets all-black leather seats and a new red-colored trim.
Given that the company already manufactures the RHD Trailhawk in India, it shouldn’t be too hard to launch it locally. There are good chances that the 9-speed auto ‘box would debut on the India-spec Compass with the launch of the Trailhawk. Currently, the Jeep Compass is on sale in a price range of Rs 15.16 lakh to Rs 21.92 lakh. The upcoming Trailhawk variant will become the new flagship model. It’s likely to cost around Rs 24 lakh. However, the additional off-road prowess and the new auto ‘box will help it justify the premium pricing.