Jeep Compass Trailhawk features several new features over the regular version, along with a BSVI-compliant 2.0-litre Multijet II engine and a new nine-speed AT
Jeep India has finally introduced the long-anticipated Trailhawk variant of the Compass SUV in the domestic market today. It sits at the top of the range with a price tag of Rs. 26.8 lakh (ex-showroom, India) and comes with a slew of changes to make it a better off-roader than the standard variant.
Compared to the Compass Limited Plus variant powered by the 2.0-litre diesel engine mated to a four-wheel-drive system, the Compass Trailhawk is more than Rs. 3.5 lakh costlier. It can be booked across Jeep showrooms present in India for an initial token of Rs. 50,000 and it comes with a range of interior and exterior enhancements as well.
The new model is basically a more off-road oriented version of the regular SUV and comes with several new features that make it a better off-roader than the regular version. It also gets a BSVI-compliant version of the 2.0-litre Multijet II diesel engine along with a ZF-sourced 9-speed automatic transmission.
These are 5 essential features that the Jeep Compass Trailhawk misses out on:
1) Wireless Mobile charger
Now, this is one feature that should have been offered on the Jeep Compass Trailhawk but isn’t. It misses out on the wireless charging feature, which is something that is even available on the Hyundai Creta. Going by the way smartphones have become an essential part of our lives, a premium model like the Trailhawk should have been equipped with this feature.
2) E-sim Connectivity Features
There has been a sudden rise in the connected cars on sale in the country. The vehicle that started this trend is the Hyundai Venue and it has been followed by the MG Hector. Even the Kia Seltos, which will launch in the coming months, will offer as many as 37 features. However, the Jeep Compass, which is much costlier than the aforementioned SUVs, won’t have an embedded e-SIM for connected features. This is, again, a glaring omission, just like the wireless mobile charging.
3) All-Terrain Tyres
While the Jeep Compass Trailhawk is an off-road spec variant, it doesn’t get the A/T (all-terrain) tyres as claimed by Jeep India. Instead, it comes with H/T (highway terrain) tyres from Falken. While the Trailhawk is sufficiently capable off the road, we wonder if the all-terrain tyres would make the SUV a better off-roader.
4) 360* Camera
Now, this is another feature that is available even in cheaper SUVs like the Nissan Kicks and the MG Hector but isn’t available on the India-spec Jeep Compass Trailhawk. Like wireless charging and connected apps, the availability of this feature would have helped the Trailhawk justify the premium it would command over the regular Compass.
5) Rear seat recline
This is yet another missed opportunity by Jeep India. The Compass Trailhawk should have been available with rear seat recline, which would have made it a more practical offering. Sadly, however, Jeep India has decided against offering this essential feature.