The Jeep Compass, in its second generation format, was unveiled recently. The SUV will be the most affordable product in the company’s Indian line-up. The new Compass will be built at Fiat’s Ranjangaon facility. The company has started testing the vehicle on Indian roads.
The Jeep Compass is based on Fiat’s Small Wide platform, which is also the base for the Renegade. It looks like a typical SUV but borrows certain design elements from the Renegade. A spy picture of the vehicle has been shared by Autocar India. The C-SUV, as Jeep has been calling it, needs to be priced sensibly to have a competitive edge.
In fact, if things go well, we might just have a Mahindra XUV500 rival from the American car maker! Wouldn’t that be amazing? Powering the Compass in India is expected to be the 2.0 litre Multijet diesel mill which has an output of 172 PS. This engine is also expected to be used by Fiat’s partner in India Tata for its upcoming premium SUV.
Globally a petrol variant is also available. Considering the recent hatred towards diesel power in India, Fiat might just consider bringing a petrol option here as well. Jeep might even bring a 7 seater version for the Indian market.
However, if Jeep wants to get a hold of the Indian market, they better bring the Compass at a competitive price tag. Fingers crossed, right?