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Jeep unveils Compass, the most affordable SUV for its lineup in India. The production of Right-Hand-Drive version of the SUV to begin in Pune by June 2017.
In India, the SUV is launched with an introductory pricing of 14.95 Lacs giving serious competition to market incubents. This aggressive pricing has granted the SUV access to a larger section of Indian population. The other offerings of Jeep in India namely the Wrangler Unlimited and Grand Cherokee come with a hefty price tag. The starting price of Wrangler Unlimited and Grand Cherokee at INR 56 lacs and INR 93 lacs effectively places it outside the reach of most Indian auto enthusiasts. The Compass with a well within reach price tag, aims to change that. The price tag also puts Jeep Compass at loggerheads not only with Hyundai Tucson and Honda CR-V but also market leaders like Hyundai Creta, Maruti Suzuki S Cross, Mahindra XUV 500, Tata Hexa and Strome.
The SUV has been offered in two versions a 1.4-liter petrol and a 2.0-liter diesel. The 1.4 liter will be a Multiair turbocharged engine. The engine will produce 162 PS of power and 250 Nm of torque. The 2.0 liter diesel will produce over 170 PS of power and 350 Nm of torque. Both the engines will be available in a 6-speed manual and 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearboxes. The offerings from Jeep generally are standard front wheel drives. But a 4X4 with proper low-rangeis being expected to be included as an option in Compass.
The 4-wheel drive version will be hitched to a manual transmission only. Also featured will be Jeep software controls called Selec-Terrain. The software boasts four modes namely Auto, Snow, Sand and Mud to tackle various types of terrain. The SUV boasts of having more than fifty safety features. All the standards including standard ABS, EBD, Hill Start Assist and cornering lamps to rollover mitigation system feature prominently.
The SUV has a wide stance and a signature Jeep grille with seven slots. Compass retains the traditional Jeep touch in the form of trapezoidal wheel arches.The ground clearance of 178 mm of Jeep Compass does feel a bit lacking. This SUV is likely to spend most of its time on Indian tarmacs rather than off-roading. Another first for the company is the plant at Ranjangaon, Pune. The plant will be the only plant producing Right-Hand-Drive versions of the SUV in the world. These versions will then be exported to Right-Hand-Drive countries like Australia, Japan and United Kingdom.
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