Fiat may launch a new SUV based on the Jeep Compass

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Jeep has made a powerful statement in the Indian automobile industry. It looks like Fiat wants Jeep to help them build a new SUV.  Within a few months of launching its new mid-segment SUV, Jeep was able to sell a claimed, more than 10,000 units, which is quite an amazing accomplishment. As Fiat struggles to hold onto the Indian customers, it wants its sister company, Jeep to help it pull off a similar feat. The upcoming SUV will apparently share a lot of design cues from the Toro pick up. The car will be based on the second-generation Jeep Compass.

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The new SUV will likely be powered by a 1.8-litre petrol engine producing 138hp and a 2.0-litre Multijet Turbo diesel capable of producing 170hp. These engine options are the same as the Toro pickup. While the 1.8-litre petrol engines are likely to be coupled with a six-speed automatic transmission with FWD, the 2.0-litre turbo diesel may come mated with either a six-speed manual or an optional nine-speed automatic gearbox, available in both front-wheel and all-wheel-drive.

Jeep-Compass-Off-roading-Video-India-600x300According to the rumours, the new Fiat SUV might host a lot of features similar to the jeep compass, like the 5-inch touchscreen UConnect Infotainment system, cabin temperature and air flow control, lights and brakes adjustment, music and integrated voice command functions. Fiat might also add a sunroof to the options bag to attract more customers. Fiat might build this car at the Ranjangaon plant in Maharashtra which currently manufactures the Jeep Compass.

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The Italian manufacturer planned to unveil this SUV around a year ago, but, projects like an X6 S sedan and the Argo hatchback were placed higher on the manufacturer’s priority list. Now that Fiat’s portfolio is in great need of being revamped, the upcoming Compass-based SUV will fit perfectly in this segment. No official statement has been released by Fiat officials regarding the launch of this automobile.

Also read: Jeep Compass With 1.6L Diesel Engine Spotted Testing

 

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