India and Jeeps have a very old connection, courtesy Mahindra. Now, however, the iconic SUV manufacturer is planning to expand its portfolio in India.
The company got a better than expected response from the Compass and the SUV brought the much needed success for the brand in India. Jeep is now preparing for its next innings and will most probably tap into the popular SUV segments in the country. Let’s now take look at some of the upcoming SUVs from the US based manufacturer.
Sub-4 meter Jeep
The subcompact SUV segment is among the hottest segment in India, with sales leaving behind all other segments. It is therefore natural for Jeep to consider a baby Compass type SUV to take on the likes of Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and Tata Nexon among others. We had already reported some time back that Jeep has confirmed its sub-4 meter SUV. It will be launched some time in 2020 and will carry a price tag starting at around Rs. 7-8 lakhs. If Jeep pours it magic sauce over the compact SUV too like it did on the compass, it can become another success story for the company as people are looking at more premium options in the segment.
The Jeep Compass Trailhawk variant has been in news for quite sometime now. It is already manufactured in India and exported worldwide. Jeep has not made any changes to the engine on the Trailhawk variant and it will feature the same 2 litre diesel engine which is used on the current models. However, the engine will come mated to a nine-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. As it will be a top of the line model, it will come with all the creature comforts and features to take on the competition. Expect the pricing to be somewhat around Rs. 24 lakh price mark.
7 seat SUV
The Compass is an excellent SUV by Jeep and though it is priced a bit higher, it compensates that with its excellent built quality and feature. However, it only offers seating for five which has refrained many potential buyers from it, who want a full fledged seven seater vehicle. Seems like Jeep has paid heed to the customer demands and a bigger, seven seater SUV based on the Compass. It will most probably start around Rs. 26 lakhs price mark and could also come in with a hybrid drivetrain.
The new Jeep Wrangler has been launched worldwide and is awaiting its India launch. It gets refreshed styling like LED DRLs, a new bumper design and other subtle tweaks round the body. The interiors are a major step over than the current generation model sold in India. While the traditional interior look has been maintained, it now comes with many more creature comforts like auto climate control and gets a refreshed colour scheme among others. It also comes with new four cylinder engine options taking the total available options to four. however, which of them will make to India is still not confirmed.