Launch of the facelifted Jeep Compass is expected to take place by Diwali 2020 in India
The Jeep Compass facelift which is scheduled to make its world debut online on June 4th has been teased via an image. While the honeycomb mesh and silver grille slots only give a vague idea on what to expect in terms of visual changes, the caption “Connected With Freedom” strongly indicates that the premium compact crossover will receive an updated infotainment system.
The 2021 Jeep Compass is expected to be equipped with FCA’s latest UConnect 5 infotainment system with larger 12.3-inch touchscreen. The new system will come with enhanced connectivity include over-the-air updates and improved hardware such as 6 GB RAM and 64 GB storage space. It will also be equipped with wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
As far as visual changes are concerned, one can expect the quintessential 7-slot grille to feature honeycomb meshing as indicated in the teaser image. It is reasonable to expect the front and rear bumpers to receive noticeable tweaks in addition to new alloy wheel patterns. The Jeep Compass’ styling has aged well so far and hence, we don’t expect drastic changes to the exterior of the facelifted version.
Inside, the center console is expected to undergo revision to be compatible with the new infotainment system. One can expect new colour options for upholstery but that’s mostly it.
The existing crop of powertrains are likely to be retained but there could be minor tweaks to improve performance. For reference, the India-spec Jeep Compass is currently powered by a 1.4-liter turbocharged petrol engine which offers 163 hp and a 2.0-liter turbo diesel unit which is capable of 173 hp.
Both motors are already upgraded to meet BS6 emission standards. While they are offered with standard 6-speed manual transmission, the petrol and diesel units can be specified with 7-speed and 9-speed automatic transmission as well. The high-end diesel variant comes equipped with 4×4 system.
With India being one of the production hubs for the Jeep Compass, we expect the updated model to reach our shores soon after its international debut. The Compass started off strongly in India but of late, it has been struggling to keep pace with the new arrivals like the Kia Seltos and MG Hector. With the updated model, Jeep would be hoping to mount a better assault against the existing contenders as well as the upcoming Skoda Karoq.
The BS6 updated made the Compass dearer by up to INR 1.1 lakh. The facelift with additional equipment is likely to inflate the price further. Expect launch to take place by end of this year in India.