This year’s most anticipated car launch was the Jeep Compass. We say “was” because the official price list for the Jeep Compass came out yesterday. The Jeep Compass Sport Petrol, which is the base model, costs Rs 14.95 lakh ex-showroom. The top-of-the-line diesel Compass Limited (O), which comes with everything, has been priced at Rs. 20.65 lakh ex-showroom, Delhi. The fact that Jeep had such aggressive prices was a big surprise. That’s because the company just started selling expensive products like the Jeep Wrangler and Cherokee in India last year. This year, the first Jeep Compass made in India hit the streets.
Jeep Compass Variant-wise Price list (*Ex-showroom, Delhi)
Engine and Gearbox
The Jeep Compass can be bought with either a 1.4-liter Turbocharged gasoline engine or a 2.0-liter Multijet diesel engine. The Petrol engine has a maximum power of 162 PS and a maximum torque of 250 Nm. On the other hand, the diesel engine makes 173 PS of power and 350 Nm of peak torque. In the same way, you can choose between a 6-Speed manual gearbox or a 7-Speed dual clutch automatic gearbox. But here’s the catch: the 6-Speed manual can be bought with either engine, but the automatic can only be bought with the gasoline engine for now. Since we’re talking about an SUV, what about the 4X4? Well, you can only get 4×4 with the top-of-the-line Diesel Compass.
The Jeep Compass was based on the Jeep Grand Cherokee, which is the company’s luxury SUV. At the front, it still has the classic Jeep grille with seven slats, projector headlamps with Daytime Running Lights in the top version, and a raised, muscular hood. From the side, you can see that the roof slopes down and that the shoulder line is strong.
SUVs used to have to have squared wheel wells, but now they’re just a sign of the brand. The Jeep Compass is a great blend of futuristic and tough-looking design, which is also clear from the back. There are five colour choices: Hydro Blue, Vocal White, Brilliant Black, Minimal Grey, and Exotica Red.
The Jeep Compass has a two-tone interior with ski grey leather seats, door inserts, and soft-touch dashboards that are black. In the middle of the dashboard is a Uconnect infotainment unit that lets you pair your phone with Android Auto or Apple CarPlay.
The leather-wrapped steering wheel looks sporty, and there are buttons for controlling the music right behind it. Between the two analogue metres in the front information cluster is a small digital screen. The information that this digital display shows can be changed.
In terms of features, even the most basic model has enough to offer. Some of the features are DRL projector headlamps, LED tail lights, drive terrain modes (sand, mud, and snow), a Reverse Parking Camera, a 7-inch Uconnect touchscreen infotainment system, Passive Entry, an Electronic Parking Brake, etc.
There are 50 safety and security features, which is the most important thing. Six airbags, electronic roll mitigation (ERM), brake booster prefill, Hill start assist, anti-lock brakes (ABS), and brake throttle overdrive are some of them.
The Mahindra XUV500, the Tata Hexa, the VW Tiguan, the Honda CR-V, and the Hyundai Tucsun will all be competing with the Jeep Compass. The Honda CR-V with a diesel engine is likely to join the competition soon. If you’re getting your chequebook ready, you should know that 5,000 orders for the Jeep Compass have already been placed. So, you should be ready to wait a few months to get it. For more people to trust the Jeep brand, the Compass comes with a warranty for 3 years or 1,000,000 km and a long time between services of 15,000 km or 1 year.
Last year, we saw the Jeep Compass for the first time in India.