THIS HYUNDAI-TUCSON size Jeep is expected to take the market by storm with its mini Grand Cherokee-like looks and a price tag hovering around Rs 20 lakh. It’s likely to be well-equipped with leather upholstery, a panoramic sunroof, an 8.4-inch touchscreen system, an electronic handbrake, keyless entry and more. Cabin room is generous.
The Compass will be available with Fiat-sourced engines – a 170hp, 2.0-litre diesel and a 140hp 1.4-litre petrol, mated to either a manual or a nine-speed automatic transmission. What’ll set it apart from potential rivals like the Hyundai Tucson and Honda CR-V is its Jeep heritage and its four-wheel-drive system with low range and a lockable differential which will make it a capable off-roader.
However, to find an aggressive pricing point, it’ll also be available with front-wheel drive as well. Since Jeep wanted it to be a volume-getter for the brand in the country, parent company FCA will be manufacturing the Compass in India with a high level of local content to keep the price competitive.