Jeep unveils its most-affordable SUV - Compass

FCA India, a wholly owned subsidiary of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, has announced that it will roll out the Jeep Compass from its Ranjangaon facility by June 2017. The midsize SUV's launch has been a long awaited one, ever since it was first revealed in Brazil late a year ago.

Fiat Chrysler is betting on the indigenously made ' Jeep Compass' to shake off its insignificant presence in the Indian vehicle market, with its chief executive declaring that the new SUV will be the "tipping point" for the turnaround of Fiat Chrysler in the country.

In order to take a slice of the flourishing compact SUV segment in the Indian auto market, Jeep will soon launch the Renegade SUV in our country. "The Jeep Compass will come with several Industry-first features and will set benchmarks in the Indian SUV space". A spruced up derivative of the Compass, the expect the Trail-Hawk to be priced around ₹ 25-26 lakh (ex-showroom) when it goes on sale.

The powertrains that will be offered in the Jeep Compass in India are 1.4-litre MultiAir petrol that makes more than 160PS of power and generates 250Nm of torque, whereas the diesel models will make use of a 2.0-litre unit that churns out more than 170PS and makes 350Nm of torque. The SUV will be made indigenously and will be officially rolled out in India in July. The large wraparound tail-lamps spill into the tailgate and the overall stance of the Compass is that of an urbane SUV with the promise of all-terrain capability that the Jeep badge has always stood for.

However, price of the auto has not been annouced officially yet, but it is expected to be in the ₹20-25 lakh bracket giving competition to cars like Hyundai Tucson, Nissan X-trail, Isuzu Mu-7, Honda CR-V 4th Generation etc. While the CR-V has a niche with its petrol power, both the Tucson and XUV have turned out to be popular sellers for their respective manufacturers with potent diesel engines. After nearly a year, the company has now unveiled its first locally manufactured SUV the Compass.

"We are not trying to deliver an Indian vehicle destined for India, trying to make it work in the global market".

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Jeep has made a total investment of $280 million on its India plant that includes updating the plant.

Jeep Compass is expected to be priced at about Rs. 20 lakh and will compete with existing SUVs such as Mahindra and Mahindra's XUV 500 and Hyundai Motor India's Creta.

Codenamed '556, ' the Jeep Compass has been developed on the "new small-wide" platform of Chrysler. Both these engines will be BS VI compliant in India.

The Compass will boast over 50 active and passive safety features and stability control, disc brakes all round, airbags and hill start assist will be standard.

India unveiled the Jeep Compass in India on Wednesday.

India is the only location where the right-hand drive variant of the Compass will be manufactured. It offers frequency sensitive damping suspension as well.