Current Jeep Compass SUV is on sale in India at Rs. 15.40 – 22.90 lakhs. In the first year since launch, it received good response. However, over the past 1 year, sales have been steadily declining. And with new competition arriving, time is only going to get tougher. This only shows that the time is ripe for a facelift.
Brazilian rendering artist Kleber Silva has shown us what the 2020 Jeep Compass facelift could look like. For the render, he has used borrowed inspiration from the recently showcased Jeep Grand Commander, a 7 seater SUV.
Rendering artist has shown off the front end design with a brand new bonnet, further dominated with a massive 7 slat front grille and sleek headlamps along with more prominent wheel arches. Design elements to the rear also include new tail lamps while new alloy wheels could also be a part of its exterior makeup. Overall, the updated Jeep Compass does look a bit more premium and larger than the current Compass.
Powering the updated Compass will be same diesel and petrol engines, but updated to comply with BS6 emission norms. Updated engines will be more refined and fuel efficient. Price too will be hiked, as a result of the facelift and engine update.
In other news, earlier this month, Jeep was seen at the Geneva Motor Show in a plug in hybrid format which could also make its way onto the facelift version. The hybrid powertrain consists of a 1.3 liter turbo petrol engine with an electric motor which together offer 237 bhp power, acceleration from 0 to 100 kmph in 7 seconds and a limited top speed of 130 kmph. Running solely on electric power will ensure around 50 kms with charging via plug in or alternator charging.
As on date, the Jeep Compass, on sale in India, is powered by 1.4 liter turbocharged petrol engine offering 160 bhp power and 250 Nm torque. The 2 liter MultiJet, turbocharged diesel engine offers 170 bhp power and 350 Nm torque. Both engines get mated to a 6 speed manual gearbox. Petrol engine also gets a 7 speed AT option.
Jeep is also set to introduce the TrailHawk variant in India. This variant will be sportier and more aggressive in stance and will have even more enhanced off road features. Engine option will be same 2 liter diesel, but it will be mated to the advanced 9 speed automatic gearbox with Jeep Active Drive Low 4×4 system. It will also sport Select Terrain traction control with Rock mode. Expect prices to be in the Rs 25 lakhs range.