Jeep C SUV will have localised 173 hp 2.0-litre Multijet II diesel engine as power source; to take on Ford Endeavour and Toyota Fortuner
The famous American SUV brand, Jeep, is all pumped to enter Indian market by the end of this month with the unveiling of Wrangler and the Grand Cherokee. The flagship SRT version of the Grand Cherokee will also grab the fair share of spotlight. On the outset, two dealerships will be up and running before the presence is expanded to several important cities towards the end of 2016.
Brought in through CBU channel, the Wrangler and the Grand Cherokee is expected to be quoted with a price range of above Rs 40 lakh. One of the potential models under development for global as well as Indian scenes is the Jeep C-SUV or the 551. Slotted above the contemporary Renegade, it will act as the successor for the Compass and Patriot sold in foreign countries. The C-SUV could bear the Compass name due to its popularity worldwide as per rumours.
Several spy images of the Jeep C-SUV or Compass emerged in recent months explaining the design philosophy inspired from the larger sibling Grand Cherokee. Latest spy pics captured in China gave sneak-peek into the interior as well. It has the dashboard layout emulating the Grand Cherokee but is more contemporary than that of Renegade’s.
Some of the important features to be made available are U-Connect infotainment system with eight-inch touchscreen taken from the Grand Cherokee, automatic climate control, engine start/stop button, rear parking sensor, cruise control, electrically adjustable ORVMs, powered seats with multi-way adjustments, etc. It will be locally assembled at Fiat’s Ranjangaon facility, where huge investments were pumped in, as India is more likely to act as hub for production of right hand drive Jeep models.
It will be powered by a 2.0-litre Multijet II diesel motor delivering 173 hp. The same engine is expected to feature on the Tata Q501 SUV in the near future with heavy localisation. The Jeep C-SUV will likely appeal for large band of customers as it will rival against the likes of Ford Endeavour, Toyota Fortuner, Chevrolet Trailblazer and Hyundai Santa Fe.
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