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Fiat-Chrysler launched Jeep Compass at Rs 14.95 lakhs

Jeep Compass

Two engine options, 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine, 2.0-litre Multijet diesel engine, 16-inch steel wheels, five-inch touchscreen infotainment system, halogen headlamps & front airbags

New Delhi: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has launched the Jeep Compass with prices starting at Rs 14.95 lakh for the base Sport petrol variant, going up to Rs 20.65 lakh for the Limited (O) diesel variant (ex-showroom, Delhi). The Compass is Jeep’s third model in India and the first one to be locally assembled.

The Jeep Compass will be offered with two engine options – the 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine and the 2.0-litre Multijet diesel engine mated to both manual and automatic gearbox options built at the Ranjangoan factory. Both the powertrains will get the four-wheel drive option as well, staying true to the Jeep DNA.

The five-seater compact SUV will mark the beginning of the Jeep’s India line-up and sits well below the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Jeep Wrangler. The Jeep Compass is the first in the three cars planned for India and is offered in the Sport, Latitude and Limited trims with optional extras offered on Latitude and Limited.

The top-spec Limited variant also gets a four-wheel-drive system and Jeep’s Selec-Terrain traction system. It also gets features such as a 7.0-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, dual-zone climate control and an electronic parking brake.

The Compass gets 16-inch steel wheels, five-inch touchscreen infotainment system, halogen headlamps, front airbags, electronic stability control (ESC), traction control, ABS and EBD, all four disc brakes, electric parking brake, electric ORVMs and all-black interiors as standard. The top-spec trim gets an 8-inch display screen, ski-grey interior and scuff plates along with 17-inch alloys.

The aggressive pricing of Jeep’s new SUV stems from the urgent requirement to gain a foothold in India. Having found little success with Fiat, and having only high-priced, imported models in its line-up so far, the company is banking on the Compass for a turnaround.

For now, Jeep has about 10 functional dealerships across the country and FCA is expected to ramp up the service network before future Jeep models are brought into this market.