FCA India today announced the expansion of the Jeep Compass range by introducing two turbo-diesel variants with 9-speed automatic transmission. The two variants – Longitude and Limited Plus – will be offered to customers in the All-wheel Drive (AWD / 4×4)configuration and will be powered by the locally-manufactured BSVI-compliant 2.0-litre 173 HP, 350 Nm turbo-diesel engine.
The Jeep Compass 4×4 Longitude 9AT will be available to customers at INR 21.96 lakh and the Limited Plus for INR 24.99 lakh (ex-showroom, pan-India). Bookings and test drives are open at all 80 FCA authorised dealer showrooms present in 68 Indian cities.
Commenting on the range expansion, Dr Partha Datta – President and Managing Director, FCA India said, “We are strengthening and expanding the Jeep Compass range with the introduction of four diesel automatic variants, of which, the base and top-end variant will available to consumers right away. Both variants offer more equipment, boosting the value-for-money proposition for the customer which we believe will increase our share in the segment. This roll-out has also given us the opportunity to offer our locally-made BSVI-compliant 2.0-litre turbo-diesel powertrain to consumers much before the statutory deadline.”
THE JEEP COMPASS DIESEL AUTOMATIC STRATEGY
The roll-out of the Jeep Compass 9-speed automatic range signifies the fact that the BSVI-compliant version of the proven 2.0-litre 173 HP 350 Nm turbo-diesel powertrain is now in mainstream production. This powertrain has been locally-produced in FCA’s JV manufacturing facility in Ranjangaon.
The Jeep Diesel Automatic range pushes equipment levels a few notches up, especially in the mid-range variant, Longitude. A large part of the Jeep Compass customer base has been gravitating towards the higher end of the range, hence adding more equipment to the Longitude compared to what this variant has been offering, would be more enticing to interested customers. The gap in pricing and equipment levels between the Longitude and Limited Plus are consciously significant in order to do justice to customers interested in either variant.
Jeep Compass Longitude 4×4 Turbo-diesel 9-speed Automatic
The Longitude package is now packed with more Standard Equipment such as Cruise Control (introduced for the first time in this trim), a larger 7-inch UConnect screen with reverse camera and dynamic gridlines functionality, dual-zone air conditioning and two-tone interiors, passive entry to vehicle and push-button start. Like all variants in the Compass portfolio, the Longitude already comes with standard features such as 17-inch alloys shod with all-season tyres, safety aids such as Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Traction Control (TC) and Hill Start Assist (HSA), disc brakes on all four wheels, Electric Parking Brake (EPB) and the delightful Frequency Damped Suspension (FSD). It carries the Jeep 4×4 DNA in the SelecTerrain AWD system which is equipped with 4 modes – Auto, Sand, Mud and Snow.
Jeep Compass Limited Plus4x4 Turbo-diesel 9-speed Automatic
The Limited Plus remains the top-of-the-line amongst the non-Trail Rated variants in the Jeep Compass portfolio and comes with all the equipment and features that are offered in the base and mid variants, as well as additional features that befit the most premium offering in the line-up.
Other key and popular features in the Limited Plus are the larger 8.4-inch UConnect Infotainment screen, dual-pane panoramic sun/moon roof, plush leather interiors, 8-way powered seat for the driver, auto headlamps, rain sensitive wipers, auto-dimming IRVM and six airbags, amongst a plethora of other standard features including the 18-inch alloy wheels.
Dr Datta concluded, “We offer a lifestyle to our customers, not just a product. Whilst the Jeep Compass is equipped with every necessary electronic convenience feature that customers nowadays expect in a vehicle, we have always retained our fundamentals of solid engineering, uncompromised safety and unmatched 4×4 capability, all of these truths to the 80-year strong Jeep pedigree.”