The 2017 Jeep Compass has been completely revealed in new spy images before its official unveiling in Brazil at FCA’s new Pernambuco assembly plant. These images however, come from China, where the all-new Compass will be locally manufactured in Guangzhou by FCA’s Chinese partner Guangzhou Automobile Group Co. Ltd (GAC Group). For the Indian market, production of the 2017 Compass will commence from H1 2017 at the FCA-Tata JV plant in Ranjangaon, Maharashtra. The SUV will also be exported to other right-hand drive markets from India.
The 2017 Jeep Compass is reportedly based on Jeep’s Small-Wide platform, which it will share with the Renegade. In international markets, it will be positioned above the Renegade, and below the Cherokee. However, for the Indian market, the new Compass will be the most affordable product of the Jeep range with estimated ex-showroom prices ranging from INR 25-35 lakhs; meaning that it’ll take on the likes of the all-new Toyota Fortuner, due in November 2016, and the new Ford Endeavour.
The 2017 Jeep Compass is expected to be powered by a choice of two drive-trains – a 2.0-litre petrol engine mated to either a manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission, and a 2.0-litre Fiat MultiJet diesel engine exclusively mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission. Given its maker’s lineage and credentials, an optional all-wheel-drive system with off-road modes should also be available on the baby Jeep.
The 2017 Jeep Compass will be available in three grades – Sport, Longitude and Limited. On the outside, the top-end Limited grade is expected to feature a panoramic sunroof, chrome trims for the fog-lights, contrast coloured skid plates, chrome beading for the windows, roof rails, dual exhaust tips, and diamond cut alloy wheels. The interiors of the Limited grade are expected to feature Jeep’s Uconnect infotainment system with a 8.4-inch touchscreen, automatic climate control, leather seats etc.
Images: Auto Home