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2017 Jeep Compass launch: Five things you should know about Jeep's most affordable SUV

Team OD  /
31 Jul 2017 12:04:20 IST

It's a big day for Fiat Chrysler Automobile as the Italian carmaker is launching the 2017 Jeep Compass in India today. With three variants and two engines on offer, the Compass will be the brand's most affordable SUV. We not only did a road test of the Jeep Compass recently, but also a full-blown comparison with it taking on the Hyundai Tucson and the Tata Hexa.

But before the launch, here are five things you need to know about the Jeep Compass:

1. The engines

The Jeep Compass diesel debuts the Multijet II engine in India. It produces 173PS of power and 350Nm of torque

The Jeep Compass debuts the 2.0-litre turbo-diesel Multijet II engine in India. It produces 173PS of power at 3,750rpm and 350Nm of torque from 1,750-2,500rpm. The 1.4-litre turbo-petrol Multiair engine, which will be offered on the Jeep Compass, produces 162PS of power and 250Nm of torque.

2. Transmission and drivetrain

The diesel variant of the Jeep Compass will only be offered with a 6-speed manual when it is launched in August. The automatic will be available later in the year

The diesel variant of the Jeep Compass will be sold with just a 6-speed manual transmission, while the petrol will come with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. According to Jeep, a diesel automatic will be on offer later in the year. Both engines will come with 4x4 and 4x2 options. The 4x4 system has four modes -- Auto, Snow, Sand and Mud. Unlike the Jeep Compass's Trailhawk variant, which isn't available in India, this one doesn't get a 4x4 low setting.

3. Variants

The Jeep Compass's interior looks luxurious and is well built. However, there aren't too many storage spaces

The Jeep Compass will be launched in India in three variants - the base Sport, mid-spec Latitude and the top-end Limited. While all variants will get 4x2 as standard, only the Limited trim can be optioned with 4x4. As you would expect, the amount of features and equipment will vary between the different variants.

4. Price

The Jeep Compass is especially handsome from the front profile. It looks larger than it actually is thanks to the 7-slat grille and the large bumper

There are plenty of stories floating around about the expected price of the Jeep Compass. We think that the ideal price for the Jeep Compass should be between Rs 16-22 lakh. Anything more and it will be fighting a tough battle with cars like the Hyundai Tucson and the Volkswagen Tiguan. And this brings us to the next topic.

5. The competition

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If Jeep manages to price the Compass between the Rs 16-22 lakh mark, there's no other vehicle like it in that price range. It will sit between the comparatively less premium 7-seater Hexa and the more luxurious Hyundai Tucson and Volkswagen Tiguan.

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