Jeep Compass SUV gets power from 1.4 petrol and 2.0 diesel engines; has become the breakthrough vehicle for FCA locally
The famed American SUV manufacturer officially stepped into the Indian market with the launch of the Wrangler Unlimited, Grand Cherokee and its SRT performance version. Although FCA took enough time to introduce the brand, the price tag each model was quoted with raised eyebrows.
However, all the skepticism vanished when the more conventional and realistic Jeep Compass SUV had finally entered India. Even ahead of its market entry, an astonishing 5,000 confirmed bookings were registered – uncommon for a premium SUV of its proportions and market status.
The second-gen Jeep Compass project brings India into the heart of its production as the whole investment FCA has made is not just for the local marketplace. The FCA’s Ranjagaon plant, known for its heavy localisation of engines and supply to different manufacturers, acts as a major manufacturing centre for export of Compass to over 36 international markets out of 100 countries FCA have planned to sell the SUV – that is more than a third of destined markets to receive Compass shipped from India.
It includes developed markets like Australia, Japan and UK while New Zealand, South Africa, Singapore and Indonesia. The highly versatile Compass consists of 50 different trims and colours in its international composition. Apart from India-spec powertrains, the engines offered are 2.0-litre Tigershark petrol, 2.4-litre Tigershark MultiAir2 petrol and 1.6-litre MultiJet diesel.
Jeep put the months of speculations and contemplation at rest when the all-new Compass global SUV debuted at the end of September 2016 with a stunning response globally and is the top-prioritised sales driver for the brand. The momentum has been carried over to India as it had been the major sales contributor for FCA last year.
Within just seven months of its launch in India, the Compass has crossed production milestone of 25,000 units. Only 5,000 of those are shipped abroad as the rest have been retailed in India. It is a compact vehicle that acts as the cheapest alternative to the Grand Cherokee. Here is everything you need to know about the India-spec Jeep Compass SUV that garnered 1.4 million global sales just in 2016:
Jeep Compass SUV India Price
|Jeep Compass SUV Price||Rs. 15.16 Lakh to Rs. 21.92 Lakh|
Due to the local assembling capability at FCA’s Ranjangaon plant near Pune, it has a highly competitive price range between Rs. 15.16 lakh for base variant and Rs. 21.92 lakh for top-end diesel (ex-showroom, New Delhi). The Compass is already a major attraction at FCA’s showrooms across the country. Building on its momentum, the brand has planned aggressive expansion of its dealerships.
Jeep Compass SUV India Variants
Petrol Variants Price:
|Sport||Rs. 15,16,000 (MT)|
|Limited||Rs. 19,56,000 (AT)|
|Limited Option||Rs. 20,27,000 (AT)|
Diesel Variants Price:
|Longitude Option||Rs. 18,36,000|
|Limited Option||Rs. 19,02,000|
|Limited 4×4||Rs. 21,18,000|
|Limited Option 4×4||Rs. 21,92,000|
The Compass comes to India with three variants – Sport, Latitude and Limited. Across the range of the five-seater, 60:40 split rear seats are made available.
Jeep Compass SUV Engine Specifications
|Engine Displacement||1.4L Petrol / 2.0L Diesel|
|Max. Power||162 PS / 173 PS|
|Peak Torque||250 Nm / 350 Nm|
|Gearbox||Six-Speed Manual and Seven-Speed Automatic/ Six-Speed Manual|
|Suspension||MacPherson Struts with Coil Springs|
|Brakes||All Four Disc Brakes|
For India, the Jeep Compass derives power from a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged Multijet diesel motor which is good enough for 173 PS and 350 Nm peak torque. The same engine will likely feature in the Q501 SUV of Tata Motors in the near future and is mated to a six-speed manual transmission only at present.
This engine is available in both 4×2 and 4×4 configurations while a nine-speed automatic might be offered later. As for the petrol, the 1.4-litre four-cylinder turbo MultiAir unit should deliver around 162 PS and 250 Nm and it comes connected to a six-speed manual and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox with 4×2 configuration.
The engine utilises electro-hydraulic solenoids between the camshaft and the valve to achieve apt variable timing for efficient delivery of power. Standing true to its off-roading abilities, a low ratio 4×4 system with multiple selectable driving modes to tackle different surfaces will be on offer. Both engines are scalable to the upcoming BS6 standards.
Jeep Compass SUV Top Speed
|Jeep Compass SUV Top Speed||Around 194 kmph|
The Jeep Compass is claimed to hit 100 kmph from zero in less than 10 seconds in some variants while the top speed is rated to be around 194 kmph.
Jeep Compass SUV Mileage
|Jeep Compass SUV Mileage||17.1 kmpl overall diesel / 16.3 kmpl for petrol|
FCA will be cautious in finding the sweet spot between performance and fuel economy of this SUV which has enough bits to do serious off-roading as well. The overall mileage of the smaller 1.4-litre petrol motor is 16.3 kmpl while the diesel is claimed to return 17.1 kmpl.
Jeep Compass SUV Exterior
The styling of the Jeep Compass is inspired by the likes of the smaller Renegade with angular elements while the contemporary design resembles the globally top-selling Grand Cherokee. With a rugged appeal, the Jeep Compass SUV has tapered headlamps, prominent signature seven-slated Jeep grille and aggressive front bumper with fog lamps.
A large set of alloy wheels reside beneath the squared off wheel arches. The side profile has strict character lines while the horizontal tail lamp cluster with LED lights, integrated roof spoiler and a dual exhaust system enhance the overall presence. Jeep designers pointed that F22’s exhausts and SR-71 chimes inspired the overall design.
Jeep Compass SUV Colours
It is available in five different colours: Hydro Blue, Exotica Red, Brilliant Black, Vocal White and Minimal Grey
Jeep Compass SUV Dimensions
Replacing the older Compass and Patriot in global scenes, the Compass is 4,447 mm long, 1,651 mm tall and 1,813 mm wide. Built on the same small, wide 4×4 platform as the Renegade, it has a wheelbase of 2,634 mm for spacious interior and comfort of the occupants.
Right from the ‘heart of global c-segment SUV market’, the Jeep Compass gets Frequency Sensitive Damping (FSD) system for better ride quality and MacPherson front suspension. The Compass was tested relentlessly for 25.7 million km in both on and off roads and the whole product was four years in the making.
Top-of-the-range variants are equipped with dedicated four-wheel-drive system, and Selec-Terrain Traction Management system that optimises the Compass for different surface conditions. The top-spec models will also get differential locking system.
Jeep Compass SUV Ground Clearance
|Jeep Compass Ground Clearance||178 mm|
The highly promising Compass SUV has a ground clearance of 178 mm and with packed off-roading technologies it bodes well for taming unpaved surfaces.
Jeep Compass SUV Bootspace
|Jeep Compass Bootspace||410 litres|
With 60:40 rear seat split arrangement available across all variants of the Jeep Compass SUV, its luggage capacity comes at a highly appreciable 410 litres at the back.
Jeep Compass SUV Tyre Size
|Jeep Compass Expected Tyre Size||17-inch alloy wheels|
Jeep India offers 16-inch steel wheels on the base spec trims while the top-end models get 17-inch alloy wheels with different rim designs.
Jeep Compass SUV Interior
On the inside, the Jeep Compass features seven-inch U-Connect infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, engine start/stop, three spoke steering wheel with mounted controls and climate control. The range-topping models will comprise of dual-tone exterior paint job with added premium features inside the cabin.
There is a conventional design with traditional instrument panel and a no nonsense a centre console with large multi-functional steering wheel from Jeep’s parts bin comprising accessible buttons and controls. Below a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system is space for gear lever, air conditioning and four-wheel-drive controls.
Some versions of the Compass gain dual-tone interior theme and several impressive design touches and good plastic and build quality to enhance the premium appeal. The front seats have sufficient thigh and back support while rear seat passengers get good amount of space and comfort with impressive head and leg room. India-spec Compass doesn’t get sunroof though disappointingly.
Jeep Compass SUV Features
|Jeep Compass SUV Top Features|
|Exterior Inspired from Bigger Grand Cherokee and Renegade|
|LED Daytime Running Lights and Seven-Slated Traditional Grille|
|Seven-Inch U-Connect Touchscreen Infotainment System|
|Six-Airbags in Top End Variants|
|Frequency Sensitive Damping (FSD) system|
|ABS (Anti-lock Braking System)|
|ESC (Electronic Stability Control)|
|High Strength Steel Construction with Architecture Same as Renegade|
|Dedicated Four-Wheel-Drive System|
|Selec-Terrain Traction Management system|
Jeep Compass SUV Safety Features
It features ABS (Anti-lock Braking System), Electronic Roll Mitigation (ERM), electric handbrake, ESC (Electronic Stability Control), hill start assist, traction control, Brake Throttle Overdrive, keyless entry and go, and dual airbags as standard fitment while as much as six airbags are provided in the 4×4 trims.
The other safety equipment present in the Jeep Compass are standard EBD, PBA, HBFC and EBP, disc brakes on all four wheels, all aluminium front and rear crumple zone, windshield glass with anti-fog coating and cornering fog lamps among several others. Jeep says there are over 50 safety features made available.
Its body is made of more than 64 percent high strength steel for the protection of occupants. Moreover, hot stamped parts in the Compass’ structure increase strength and reduce overall weight.
Jeep Compass SUV Rivals
The likes of Fortuner, Endeavour and Tucson have a serious contender to worry about now. Moreover, the Tata Hexa, top-end Hyundai Creta and Mahindra’s flagship XUV500 will face the competition from Compass SUV as well due to its aggressive pricing.