To enter the lower segments in India, Jeep has decided to manufacture its products here to avoid the heavy import duties resulting high pricing of the products. The 2017 Jeep Compass compact SUV will be one of the very first product of the brand to be made in India at company’s plant in Ranjangaon, Pune.
The latest spyshot taken by a Team-BHP member in Himachal Pradesh shows that Jeep has already started testing the SUV on Indian roads. Jeep will not only make the products here to sell in India but will also export them to other countries from here. In India, the Compass will most likely to be priced at around Rs 18-25 lakh, somewhat similar to the recently launched Hyundai Tucson.
In terms of design, the new Compass looks like a smaller version of Grand Cherokee. It borrows many design cues from the larger sibling such as the characteristic grille, the small projector headlamps with LED DRLs, bumper design and chrome window lining. It also features a contoured hood, wraparound LED taillamps and a roof spoiler.
Inside, it features an 8.4-inch UConnect touchscreen infotainment system, a TFT display in instrument cluster, keyless entry with start/stop button, mode selector and Beats audio system with 9-speakers and subwoofer.
Jeep says that the new Compass will be a “truly global compact SUV”. It will be sold in over 100 countries but the dimensions will remain the same worldwide, at 4410 mm in length, 1820 mm in width, 1640 mm in height and 2630 mm of wheelbase. Engine options for India will be a 2.0 diesel with 170 hp and the all new 1.4 Multiair petrol with an output of around 140 hp. The transmission options could be a 6-speed automatic and if Jeep brings it to India, a new 9-speed automatic gearbox.
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