June 19, 2017: Jeep has started taking bookings on its official website for a token amount of Rs 50,000. Jeep is displaying the vehicle at all of its dealerships across 21 cities and in 26 malls to gauge customer interest.
The next big thing from Jeep, is its smallest offering yet! Called the Compass, this compact SUV from the American automaker is set to be launched in August, to take on the likes of the Hyundai Tucson and the Volkswagen Tiguan.
The Compass measures 4395mm long, 1818mm wide, 1640mm tall and has a wheelbase of 2636mm. The five-seater SUV rides on 18-inch alloy wheels (in its top-spec Limited variant) and gets features such as bi-xenon projector headlamps, LED daytime running lamps and a two-tone paint scheme. The interiors feature a black and white colour theme, and get goodies such as a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system (with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto), a 6-speaker sound system and dual-zone climate control. On the safety front, the top-spec Compass gets 6 airbags, anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control, hill hold and descent control.
Engine options for the Jeep Compass include a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine, and a 2.0-litre diesel. The petrol motor develops 160PS and 250Nm, and will be available with a 6-speed manual and a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. The diesel, on the other hand, makes 173PS and 350Nm and is available with a 6-speed manual transmission only. Jeep has confirmed that a 9-speed automatic will be available with the diesel drivetrain by the end of this year, or early next year.
We're expecting the Compass to be priced in the Rs 18 lakh - Rs 24 lakh bracket, which should make it a force to reckon with in the segment.
Legacy of the Jeep brand, design, handling
Noisy engine, feature list could be better
The Compass is the most affordable way to own a Jeep, and deliver on critical fronts like handling, off-road ability and stunning design. Interior space is excellent as well, feature list could include few more conveniences though like electric seat adjust, electric tail gate, sunroof etc.
Can the newest (and smallest yet!) Jeep do justice to the iconic brand?
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The Tucson is going strong, Tiguan is off to a good start, and the Compass is on the horizon. Let's see how their top trims stack up against each other.