Compass, the first made-in-India vehicle of the iconic SUV maker, Jeep, gets ready for its launch and the company's dealers have reportedly opened bookings for the model. The Jeep Compass is expected to be launched in the country in the third quarter of this financial year, probably in August.
The SUV, which was unveiled in India this May, is expected to be the most affordable offering of the company. The latest report of Financial Express suggests that the made-in-India Compass could be pegged at Rs. 15 lakh as the starting price. Bookings for the compact SUV have opened for Rs. 50,000. Jeep commenced the production of the Compass at FCA's Ranjangaon plant in Maharashtra from June 1.
To be pitted against the likes of Hyundai Tucson, Ford Endeavour, Toyota Fortuner and the newly launched Volkswagen Tiguan, the new Compass is expected to include a slew of features such as 7.0-inch Uconnect infotainment system which supports navigation, Google Android Auto and Apple Car Play steering mounted audio and phone controls; safety features include six airbags, reverse camera including sensors, ABS, ESP, electronic roll-over mitigation and hill-start assist.
Under the hood, the new Compass will get a 2.0-litre MultiJet diesel engine and a 1.4-litre MultiAir turbo petrol engine options. The diesel mill will develop 170hp and 350Nm of torque mated to a six-speed manual transmission in both 4x2 and 4x4 configurations. On the other hand, the petrol mill will belt out 160hp and will also come with 4x2 and 4x4 options. A six-speed manual and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic will be offered with the petrol mill. In India, Compass will be sold in three variants -- Sport, Longitude and Limited.