An uncamouflaged version of the Jeep Compass Trailhawk has been spied in India ahead of the SUV’s launch here. The Trailhawk is the off-road focused version of the Compass that will be available exclusively with a diesel engine-automatic gearbox trim. The diesel engine of the SUV will be a 2.0-litre Fiat Multijet unit in the 170 Bhp-350 Nm state of tune. The gearbox will be a 9-speed, torque converter automatic unit.
The SUV will get an all-wheel drive system as standard fare, with multiple terrain modes that will be selectable through a knob mounted on the center console. The Compass Trailhawk’s all-wheel drive system will also get a low ratio/crawl mode for maximum torque while offroading. Then there’s the rock mode, another feature not available with the regular variants of the Compass.
There are many other changes specific to the Trailhawk variant, all designed to make the Compass a better SUV off the road. These include redesigned front and rear bumpers that offer better approach, departure and breakover angles. The suspension has also been tuned to handle offroading better. The SUV also gets tow hooks and skid plates. The ground clearance has been boosted by a full 20 mm, to 198 mm.
The intake has been raised by a full 75 mm, to 480 mm to give the Compass Trailhawk better water wading ability. The alloy wheels on the Compass Trailhawk are twin-tone, 17-inch units, while the chrome at the front and rear have made way for a blacking out exterior treatment. On the inside, the Compass Trailhawk gets red stitching for the seats, giving it a sportier feel when compared to the all-black interior layout of the regular variants.
Considering the fact that a production version of the Compass Trailhawk has been spied testing in India, the launch seems just weeks away. The Compass Trailhawk is likely to sit at the top of the variant line-up, with a starting price of around Rs. 25 lakhs.