The Jeep Compass Trailhawk is absolutely loaded with off-road goodies from head to toe and it sure does look like a mean machine, ready to take on any trail.
India has been waiting for the Jeep Compass Trailhawk for quite some time now. It has finally been revealed in the country and this off-road focused Jeep Compass will be launched in July 2019. Before that, we have got you every detail you need to know about the Jeep Compass Trailhawk.
Let’s start with the powertrain first. With the Jeep Compass Trailhawk debuts the new 2.0-litre MultiJet Turbo II diesel engine which comes mated to a 9-speed automatic gearbox. Jeep Compass buyers have been anticipating this powertrain combination very eagerly and they sure would be delighted. The new engine is already BS-VI compliant but it can also run fine on BS-IV fuel. The engine produces 170hp and 350Nm of peak torque. This powertrain will also makes its way into the Tata Harrier very soon.
Jeeps says that the Compass Trailhawk has been tested for over four lakh kilometers in various conditions across the country. The testings have resulted in them improving the AC performance, vehicle dynamics and drivability and also the NVH levels. The new engine also features start/stop technology which goes a long way in giving better fuel economy. Jeep has also worked on the voice command and navigation system of the Compass, testing it across rural and urban areas.
Visually, the Compass Trailhawk looks quite a bit different from the regular Compass. For starters, there’s new 17-inch dual tone alloy wheels which look rather impressive. The bonnet gets a matte black decal to prevent glaring and the 7-slotted grille, fog-lamp housings and the window line have a sophisticated gun metal finish to them. The Trailhawk misses out on the red tow hooks on the front bumper that is available internationally. It is to comply with the government’s pedestrian safety standards which requires all cars to have smooth front bumpers. The rear bumper however gets the red tow hook we had seen earlier.
Being an off-road biased Compass, the Compass Trailhawk comes with re-profiled front and rear bumpers to improve the approach and departure angles. That’s not all, it gets a host of other off-road goodies which includes Jeep’s Active Drive 4×4 system, which is essentially a low-range gearbox, a rear locking differential, hill descent control and an additional Rock mode for the Selec-Terrain system.
The list is not over yet. The ground clearance is a full 27 mm higher than the regular compass, thus the car sits at 205 mm from the ground. The air intake has been set higher to improve the water wading capacity of the Trailhawk at 480 mm, up from the regular Jeep’s 405 mm. Additionally, the Trailhawk also gets underbody skid plates, all-terrain Falken Wildpeak HT tyres (225/60-section), all-weather floor mats, and of course, the ‘Trail-Rated’ badgings.
The Jeep Compass Trailhawk will also come pretty well loaded in terms of features. It will have a contrast roof, six airbags, a reverse camera, cornering fog lamps, an electronic parking brake, a panoramic sunroof and an 8.4-inch touchscreen for the Uconnect infotainment system. It will be as well specced as the Limited Plus variant.
The Jeep Compass will be officially launched in a few weeks time and is expected to be priced around Rs. 27 lakhs (ex-showroom). That will put it right at the top of the Compass line-up but is still is great value for money considering the level of equipment offered in the car. It is also the most off-road ready vehicle you can buy in the country under the Rs. 30 lakh mark.