Delivery of Jeep Compass petrol variants to commence in India
While the launch of Jeep Compass diesel and petrol variants were announced together, delivery for petrol variants is to begin shortly.
In what can be viewed as the right move at the right time, Jeep Compass petrol variants are soon to arrive at dealerships. Jeep India commenced bookings for the compact SUV back in June when the orderbooks opened for petrol, and diesel variants.
Both Jeep Compass petrol variants and diesel trims were launched together, but deliveries for petrol variants were deferred to a later date. It’s most likely that delivery for Jeep Compass petrol variants begin around Diwali. With three Jeep Compass petrol variants available – Sport, Limited and Limited (O), the models are mated to six-speed manual gearbox. Power comes from a 165hp, 1.4-litre MultiAir turbo engine.
The diesel-powered Jeep Compass is powered by a 2.0-litre MultiJet engine mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. A 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (diesel AT variant) will be launched at a later date. The diesel Compass on sale is available in both in both 4×2 and 4×4 variants.
At the time of the launch, Compass Limited automatic variant was listed at a price of Rs 18.70 lakh, and Rs 19.40 lakh for Limited (O) variant. New petrol AT variants will now be available at a revised price owing to GST cess increase from 2 to 7 percent on SUVs. A 4X4 option will be available.
The new Jeep Compass for India and exports is manufactured at the FCA-Tata joint production facility at Ranjangaon, Maharashtra. This is the company’s first product to be locally developed, and bears familial similarity with the Grand Cherokee SUV. Bookings surpassed the 10,000 units mark soon after a month of launch. Production at the Ranjangaon plant has been increased to two shifts, six days a week.
2017 Jeep Compass produced locally, and will be exported to right hand drive markets. It is designed to target a specific range of buyers and is priced most competitively. Replacing the aged Compass and Patriot in global markets, the new Compass wears the signature 7 slat front grille, horizontal headlights and LED daytime running lights. At the rear, LED tail lights, a roof mounted spoiler and a massive bumper make up exterior character.
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