We all know that Jeep has been working on the facelifted version of the Compass that is likely to be launched later this year. With the facelifted version, Jeep will also introduce a seven-seater version of the Compass in the Indian market. What could be called the ‘Grand Compass’, it is already a popular name in the International markets. While the launch of both the vehicles is still quite some time away, details of the SUVs Brazilian version are out, which will in all probability be the spec we get.
The 7-seater Jeep Compass is likely to be based on the facelifted version of the vehicle which will be introduced in Brazil in 2021, along with the 5-seater Compass facelift. Both versions are likely to receive a similar front fascia with updated headlights and bumper. The Jeep Grand Compass will be longer and look different starting from the C-Pillar. It will get an additional glass area which will be helpful for the last row passengers.
Design elements such as S-shaped trim, taillamps and rear bumper are likely to be carried over from the updated Compass. The Jeep Grand Compass is reported to offer a luggage space of 700-litres with third and second seats folded. With the third row of seats in position, the SUV will offer a boot capacity of around 110-litres. The rear design of the Grand Compass will remain identical to the regular version of the car with a boxy appearance, while the rear number plate mounting will remain on the tailgate.
The cabin, of course, will get a 3-row layout with a new interior, leather upholstery, and an updated infotainment system among others. A panoramic sunroof could also be on the cards, considering how a lot of the other automakers in this space are offering one. Jeep will offer the latest and the all-new U-Connect infotainment system that is filled with new connected-car features.
The new 7-seater Jeep Grand Compass is likely to be powered by the same 2.0-litre diesel engine which is sourced from its parent company, Fiat. However, instead of one which feeds the 5-seater’s internal’s the Grand Compass’ engine will be fed by twin turbochargers and will be tuned to produce about 200 hp of power. The transmission options will include a 6-speed manual and a 9-speed automatic unit. Details about the exact launch time frame are not known but it is likely to be launched towards the end of next year. In India, the Jeep Grand Compass will be up against cars like Ford Endeavour, Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace, Skoda Kodiaq, Mahindra Alturas G4 and Toyota Fortuner. Prices will most likely start in the INR 30 lakh range.