Jeep launched its compact SUV, the Compass in 2017 in India. It was the brand’s make or break product in the Indian market. What was remarkable was the pricing of the Compass back then. It was priced around Rs 16 lakh mark. This coaxed customers into buying a reputed off-roading vehicle at a relatively affordable price point. It was an opportunity to become a part of this legendary brand and people took an instant liking to it. However, it tried to play only on its brand name and a lot of features were missing when compared to the competition back then. So FCA updated the Compass regularly to meet the customer demands. Now, FCA has announced that it will launch the facelifted 2021 Compass on January 7, 2021.
As it is only a week away from now, let us look at the changes, that the new Compass will come with.
Jeep Compass – Exterior
It is the exterior which will see a considerable change than any other thing in the Compass. The new Compass will have the trademark seven-slat chrome grille, a new headlamp with integrated DRLs, redesigned front bumpers, a new set of alloy wheels, new fog light assembly and revised faux skid plates. This will certainly accentuate the exterior of this already good-looking SUV. All we can say is, it will look unmistakeably Jeep.
Jeep Compass – Interior
The interior of the Compass will also see some fresh and welcome changes. There will be an introduction of a floating 10.1-inch Digital Infotainment System with Jeep’s UConnect 5 Technology. This will enable a ton of connected features and will make the Compass more in line with what the competition has to offer. In addition to that, there will be a redesigned dashboard with double-stitched leather inserts on offer to make the inside of the Compass look plusher. The new three-spoke steering wheel and new driver’s digital instrument cluster will give Compass a sporty element.
Jeep Compass – Engine and Transmission
While the changes to the interior and exterior of the Compass will be substantial, it will remain the same under the hood. It will carry forward the same 2.0-litre diesel and 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine as before. The diesel engine makes 173 hp and 350 Nm and comes with either a 6-speed manual or a 9-speed torque converter automatic gearbox option.
The 1.4-litre turbo petrol makes a healthy 163 hp and 250 Nm and comes with either a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed DCT gearbox option. It is interesting to know that the recently launched international-spec Compass comes with new engine options.
Jeep Compass – Price and Competition
Being in the premium compact SUV segment, the Compass will come with a price tag of upwards of Rs 17 lakh, ex-showroom. Currently, it is priced between Rs 16.51 lakh and Rs 27.60 lakh, ex-showroom. We expect a premium on this price range for the facelifted Compass.
There are currently not too many direct competitors of the Jeep Compass in India apart from the Skoda Karoq and the Hyundai Tucson. It is also interesting to notice that the Jeep will also eventually launch the 7-seat version of the Compass later.