Bollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez is the latest celebrity to be seen in the Jeep Compass SUV. A video of her going for a drive in the Compass has now hit YouTube. In the video, the movie star, whose other cars include a Mercedes Maybach and a Range Rover, is seen gushing about the various features of the Compass.
Jeep India launched the Compass in the second half of 2017, and the SUV became an instant hit. Launched at a price of a little less than Rs. 15 lakhs, the Compass sandwiched itself between the Creta-XUV and the higher-priced Hyundai Tucson, attracting a wide range of SUV buyers. While the Compass’ prices have gone up post GST, demand remains stiff. In fact, the Compass has been outselling the Mahindra XUV500 and the Tata Hexa for a couple of months now. Jeep is also set to add new variants of the Compass later this year.
For now, the SUV is available with 2 engine options. The petrol engine displaces 1.4 liters and is turbocharged. Outputs are pegged at 160 Bhp-250 Nm, and the engine is offered with two transmission options – a 6 speed manual and a 7 speed twin clutch automatic.
The diesel engine is a 2 liter unit, again turbocharged, but with higher outputs of 170 Bhp-350 Nm. The major volumes puller, the diesel engine is currently available only with a 6 speed manual gearbox. While the petrol engined Compass is front wheel driven, the diesel gets an all wheel drive option on the top-end Limited trim.
In 2018, Jeep will introduce a top-of-the-line TrailHawk version of the Compass. This variant will be aimed at off roaders, and will be based on a diesel-automatic variant. It’ll have a 4 wheel drive system with low range and hill descent control functions. It’ll also get revised front and rear bumpers for better off road ability. Jeep will also add a 9 speed automatic gearbox to the Compass Diesel. This gearbox is already being manufactured in India, by German transmission major ZF.