After Hyundai added a new variant to Creta, it is Jeep India who has now added a new variant to the Compass. Both Creta and Compass are rivals to the soon to be launched Tata Harrier.
When Jeep Compass was launched in mid 2017, the brand was on a path to greatness, but somewhere along the way sales fell. In fact, in 5 months of sales in 2017, 13,139 units were sold. In comparison, a full year of sales in 2018 was reported at 18,287 units. To make it more widely accessible, the SUV was made available in a wide range of variants, with new trims introduced well after launch too.
With the entire industry reporting little or no growth towards the end of 2018, Jeep Compass was on offer with varying discount deals from dealerships. Offers were extended to Compass diesel variants (Sport, Longitude and the Limited).
Jeep Compass Longitude (O) petrol trim (AT) on offer with 7-speed dual-clutch transmission adds to the brand’s AT variants, which was previously on offer on Limited (top-trim) variants.
While Compass Limited petrol AT is available at Rs 19.97 lakh, Longitude (O) variant is available at a price of Rs 18.9 lakh (ex-sh, Delhi). The price tag doesn’t afford all luxuries at once, and so the variant goes without a reverse parking camera, LED tail-lamps and leather upholstery. And that saves you a lakh.
Previously the mid-spec Longitude variant was on offer with a 2.0-litre diesel engine mated to a 6-speed manual. Jeep Compass Longitude (O) variant features a 7-inch touchscreen info system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, auto AC controls, and projector halogen headlamps.
For a major part of 2018, there’s been plenty of talk of a Jeep Compass Trailhawk variant. In fact, the vehicle was even shown to folks in a private viewing. However, there’s been no recent murmur regarding this. The company did launch the Jeep Compass Limited Plus variant in the Rs 21 L – 23 L price range in September 2018.