Finally, here’s a Jeep that you can afford. That’s right, these spy images from Brazil reveal the upcoming, India bound Jeep Compass (code-named 551) SUV in all its glory. Now when it comes to India sometime next year (and it’ll be manufactured here as well), it’ll be way cheaper than the rest of the exorbitantly priced Jeep clan. How cheap? Well, it’s a bit hard to put an estimate so early, but rest assured, it’ll be priced between INR 25-35 lakh (ex-showroom), which means that it’ll take on the Endeavours and Fortuners out there.
As for the styling, it does look like a scaled down Grand Cherokee, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. So you have the trademark Jeep grille which flows into slim headlamps that are jewelled with DRLs, chunky, squared off wheel arches, along with Grand Cherokee-inspired bumpers, Grand Cherokee-inspired LED tail lamps and a well-planted stance. This prototype also appears to be the top-end ‘Limited’ grade, which explains the dual-tone exteriors, the chrome trimming around the windows and the chromed, Renegade sourced wheels.
In Brazil, the next-generation Jeep Compass will be powered by a choice of two drive-trains – a a 2.0-litre flex-fuel 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. Expect the latter option to make it to India, where the Jeep Compass will enter local production in 2017 at the FCA-Tata JV plant in Ranjangaon, Maharashtra, and will also be exported to other right-hand drive markets.