We recently came across a camouflaged prototype of the Jeep Compass undergoing testing rounds in Mumbai.
The 2017 Jeep Compass has been again spotted testing in India, ahead of the SUV’s launch next year. The second-gen Compass made its official debut in September 2016 in Brazil. It is based on the long-wheel version of Fiat’s Small Car 4X4 architecture, which will also underpin the next-generation Wrangler. Against the tape measures, the Compass comes in at 4420 mm long, 1820 mm wide and 1650 mm tall, along with a wheelbase of 2640 mm.
On the styling front, while the prototypes reveal little about the Compass, we know that a lot of exterior styling cues are borrowed from the Grand Cherokee to accentuate a premium look. Globally, the Compass will be sold with a mix of petrol and diesel engines with both automatic and manual gearboxes and 4WD configuration. India is expected to at least get a 2.0-litre diesel variant but nothing is confirmed at present.
The Compass will be produced at the Fiat-Tata facility in Rajangaon, Maharashtra, which will be the only plant that builds the RHD models of the car. Owing to high levels of localisation, Indian customers will get a competitive price for the Compass, unlike the Wrangler and Grand Cherokee, which are currently selling at the rates of pre-owned supercars.
Jeep Compass Spotted Testing
– Launch to take place sometime next year
– Car to be produced at FCA’s plant in Maharasthra
– Details regarding powertrain and other features scarce at present