Jeep Compass was very successful when it was first launched, but competitors caught up and new manufacturers entered the Indian market. First MG Motors launched the Hector which was a huge success, then Kia Motors launched the Seltos which was again a huge success in the Indian market and it also got a lot many sales. It was obvious that Jeep would need to do something to increase its sales as the SUV market is the most competitive one. Fortunately, the SUV manufacturer is already working on launching 3 new SUVs for the Indian market and today we list them all down.
The Compass is due for a facelift for quite some time now. The update is expected to hit the Indian market sometime next year. The major changes will be cosmetic as there are no mechanical changes being made to the Compass. So, it will continue to be powered by the 2.0-litre Multijet 2 diesel engine and the 1.4-litre Multiair petrol engine. The petrol engine will produce 160 bhp of max power and a peak torque output of 250 Nm. Whereas, the diesel engine will produce 170 bhp of max power and 350 Nm of peak torque. The most prominent change that you will see instantly is to the front fascia of the SUV. It now looks much sleeker and aggressive because of the redesigned LED headlamps and sportier bumpers. The side profile will stay the same except for the new alloy wheel designs. At the rear, there will be slightly tweaked bumper and redesigned LED tail lamps.
It will be the interior where you will see the biggest change. The interior will use a much better quality of plastics and materials. Also, the highlight of the cabin will be the new 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system which will come equipped with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. There will be the use of soft-touch materials and better upholstery. This will help in making the 2021 Compass feel a lot more up-market. You can read more about the upcoming facelift of the Compass by clicking here.
While the Compass will get a facelift, the same design language will be carried over to the 7-seater version of it. It will get the same upgrades as the Compass Facelift. The rear overhang of the 7-seater Compass will be much bigger than the regular Compass to accommodate the third-row seats. Jeep might also offer two captain seat for the middle-row passengers instead of the regular bench seat. It will be powered by a more powerful version of the 2.0-litre Multijet 2 diesel engine. This engine is expected to produce power figures of around 200 PS.
Sub-4 meter compact SUV
Jeep is supposed to launch a budget-friendly sub-compact SUV in the Indian market which will sit below the Compass. The Renegade has been spied quite a few times on our Indian roads and it is the smallest vehicle that Jeep currently produces. Unfortunately, it still measures more than 4 meters due to which it does not fall under the sub-4 meter segment. So, it would not be able to take the tax advantage. Due to this, it is unlikely that the Renegade would be launching in India. The new sub-compact SUV will derive its styling cues from the Compass Facelift. According to the rumours, Jeep will be using the platform from the Fiat Panda’s platform or Common Modular Platform from Groupe PSA. The new Jeep compact-SUV will compete with Mahindra XUV300, Tata Nexon, Kia Sonet, Hyundai Venue, Ford Ecosport and the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza.