Jeep Compass SUV launch price expected to start from INR 15 lakh
The new Jeep SUV is a global car which will be positioned above the Renegade in the company line-up. In India, it will be the most affordable Jeep on offer, as Renegade is not on sale in India.
The Jeep C-SUV which was also known by its Brazilian codename Project 551, made its global debut at the Sao Paulo Show last year as the new generation Jeep Compass. FCA India has confirmed that the car will be launched in India by Q3 2017. But ahead of that, Jeep India opened bookings of their new car.
Latest report by Times of India mentions that Jeep is going to start a price war in the SUV segment as they are planning to launch the car at a very aggressive price tag. The report adds that the expected price range for Jeep Compass in India could be from INR 15 lakh to INR 23 lakh!
If Jeep India can go ahead and launch the Compass at a starting price of INR 15 lakh, it will shatter the dynamics of the SUV segment. Not only cars like Tata Hexa and Mahindra XUV500 will be affected, but also those on the premium end, like the Hyundai Tucson, Honda CR-V, VW Tiguan and even the likes of BMW X1, Mercedes GLA and Audi Q3 will also be affected.
Jeep Compass could rival the Hexa, XUV500 on the price front, and with the Q3, X1, GLA, etc on the performance, quality, band brand front. Made in India, Jeep Compass comes with more than 65% localization level. This will allow FCA India to price the car aggressively. Official prices will only be revealed at the launch event.
Brazil and India will be the primary production locations of the new Jeep Compass which will be positioned above the Renegade and below the Cherokee. Apart from that, the SUV will also be manufactured in Mexico and China. Brazil will cater to the North and South America market, while India will cater to Europe, Asia and Australia markets. China will take care of local demand.
The new Compass is a global SUV. It would act as a single product successor for the Liberty and Compass models. Fiat-Tata JV plant at Ranjangaon has been expanded to accommodate the new Jeep’s production.
Jeep Compass Design
New Jeep Compass SUV carries the brand’s new global design language for luxury SUVs. In the front is the trademark grille with a lot of chrome. The variant which has been spied is the top-spec variant, which comes in dual paint finish and a lot of chrome.
The headlight cluster is similar to that of Grand Cherokee, while fog light casing is similar in design to that of new generation Land Rover SUVs. On the sides, if you manage to get your attention off those chrome finished alloys, you can notice the prominent Jeep styled wheel arches in the front and rear. Interiors are on the lines of new generation Jeep models. It will features soft touch materials, large TFT screen in the center, chrome inserts, etc.
Jeep Compass Engine
Based on the Renegade’s platform, the new Compass will be powered by a 1.4-litre petrol and 2.0-litre diesel engine. The petrol option will deliver 160 hp while the diesel will deliver 170 hp. Transmission option on offer for Indian market will be a 6 MT and 7 AT dual clutch. Higher variants will be offered with a 4×4 system. Like every other Jeep, the new model boasts of above par off-road capabilities. Read our Jeep Compass Review for more details.