Following the leaked images that gave insight on the new Compass, Jeep has officially unveiled the compact SUV in Brazil to celebrate the start of production at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA)'s Jeep Assembly plant in Goiana, Pernambuco.
FCA confirmed the new Compass is a global SUV and it will be produced in 17 powertrain options in more than 100 countries around the world. The new Compass will be locally manufactured and launched in India in 2017. The Compass will be Jeep's entry level SUV for India competing against soon-to-be launched Hyundai Tucson.
Barring the exterior and interior images, rest of the information are reserved for the Los Angeles Auto Show in November. FCA confirms the new Compass will feature best-in-class 4x4 off-road capability, fuel-efficient powertrains, authentic Jeep design and a host of advanced safety technology offerings.
In terms of design, the new Compass is a departure from the current ordinary-looking Compass. New version is crisper in design which is in line with the Grand Cherokee. The pronouncing grille and wrap around headlamp gives a contemporary look to the new Compass. The alloy wheels are in chrome shade and the vehicle also sports a contrasting roof colour. The vehicle is expected to get eight-inch infotainment system and features like climate control and push-button start.
For India, the Compass will be employed with 2.0-litre petrol and diesel engine options with maximum power of 170bhp. The engines will be coupled with 9-speed automatic while manual transmission is also expected. Jeep India will manufacture this model at Ranjagaon factory for domestic market as well as for RHD global markets.