Jeep has made it clear that they were working on an entirely new compact SUV, which would be assembled and exported from India as a part of the ‘Make in India’ campaign.

 

The Jeep Compass is that product and while everyone had initially thought the car would be an expensive proposition, this price point of Rs 18 lakh shows how manufacturing at their Ranjangaon Plant in Pune will reduce costs drastically.

 

Jeep, last year, brought in the Wrangler and the Grand Cherokee to the Indian market. Jeep fans in India can now expect to own their favourite off-roader much easily. In fact, The Compass is the new entrant in the Jeep line-up globally and will be the first Jeep to be built in India and also exported from here to other Right-hand drive markets.

 

JEEP COMPASS 2017 INDIA

 

The Jeep Compass has been spotted testing in India for quite some time now.  The car will be available in both AT and AWD (All wheel drive). The interiors seem inviting and the dashboard gets a   nice soft touch plastic. According to a report in carandbike.com, there are silver enclosures for the horizontal Air-Con vents, all-black centre console, a small infotainment display, three-spoke multifunctional steering wheel, twin pod instrument cluster and more.

 

The report tells us more about the spied car’s exterior. Judging by the spy shots, the new Jeep Compass comes with a wide grille flanked by horizontal headlamps with projector lights and gets round foglamp and daytime running lights (DRLs). The bumper cladding comes with a wide airdam and front skid plate and chrome tipped exhaust. Profile-wise it resembles the design language of the Grand Cherokee.

 

With an impressive ground clearance of 221mm, the ‘baby Grand Cherokee’ is likely to get a couple of 2.0-litre petrol and diesel engine options. Transmission options will include a 9-speed automatic, while a manual is also likely to be offered.

 

The stylish SUV will be competing with and also undercutting the Hyundai Tucson (Rs 19.30 lakh, ex-showroom Bengaluru).