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Jeep Compass Facelift Makes Its Spy Shot Debut In India


The mid-life refreshed Compass will feature a comprehensive cosmetic update inside and out

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  • It could feature redesigned bumpers, new LED headlamps and tail lamps.
  • It may come with Jeep’s new UConnect 5 infotainment system with connected car technology.
  • Likely to get a new 1.3-litre turbo-petrol engine.
  • India launch expected in H1 2021.

Jeep has started testing the facelifted Compass in India ahead of its 2021 launch. Before we jump into the details, let’s get one thing clear. Unlike the recent 2020 model year update for the Euro- and US-spec Compass, the India-spec model will feature a comprehensive cosmetic update inside and out. So you can expect a fair amount of updates from the upcoming SUV. 

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The test mule seen here was draped in heavy camouflage and we could barely spot the updates. The only styling update visible to our naked eyes was the new 5-spoke alloy wheels. Apart from that, we also expect redesigned bumpers, new LED headlamps and tail lamps. It could also come in a new colour palette.  

The interior of the facelifted Compass could feature design updates and possibly a different colour shade and upholstery finish. It should feature FCA’s new UConnect 5 infotainment system with screen size up to a massive 12.3-inch with connected car technology. The India-spec model should also add some missing niceties that rivals offer like a branded audio system, ventilated front seats, and digital instrument cluster to name a few. Features like a panoramic sunroof, power-adjustable driver’s seat with memory function, cruise control, leather upholstery and six airbags will be carried forward.   

Another major update could be under the hood. It is likely to be powered by FCA’s new 1.3-litre turbo-petrol engine that’s offered in two states of tune: 130PS (6-speed MT) and 150PS (DCT). These figures are lower than the current 1.4-litre unit which puts out 163PS. There’s also a plug-in hybrid 4Xe variant offered overseas, though it could be given a miss here as it will drive up the price. Meanwhile, expect the 170PS 2.0-litre Multijet engine to be carried forward unchanged with both manual and automatic options.  

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The updated Jeep Compass is expected to reach here by the first half of 2021. It is likely to come at a premium over the current model which starts from Rs 16.49 lakh (ex-showroom). The 2020 Jeep Compass will lock horns with the Skoda Karoq, Volkswagen T-ROC, the facelifted Hyundai Tucson along with the upcoming 2021 Citroen C5 Aircross. 

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