India-bound Jeep Compass Facelift Officially Revealed
While the changes on the outside may be subtle, Jeep has gone all out to give the interior of the SUV a more premium touch
Exterior changes are limited to a revised front grille, bumper and updated headlamps.
Changes on the inside include a new touchscreen system and steering wheel.
India-spec Compass facelift is expected to use a new 1.3-litre turbo-petrol engine along with the existing 2.0-litre diesel.
The updated Compass is expected to be priced from Rs 17 lakh onwards (ex-showroom).
Jeep has finally taken the wraps off the facelifted Compass in China. It features mild cosmetic changes on both the exterior and the interior as we saw in the recently released teaser sketches.
The facelifted Compass features an updated version of the signature grille with honeycomb-like chrome inserts, flanked by new LED headlamps that also get LED daytime running lights. It is seen with a tweaked front bumper that now houses a large air dam with fog lamps integrated into the top corners. The facelifted SUV features no changes to its side and rear profiles except for a new set of alloy wheels. Jeep has also revealed the updated Trailhawk off-road focussed variant of the Compass that gets a similar styling albeit in black while retaining the red elements for sportier appeal.
While the exterior changes are minimal, the carmaker has thoroughly updated the cabin of the SUV. The first thing you notice is the big, tablet-like 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system that supports the latest UConnect 5 software. Other updates include a new steering wheel, an all-digital 10.25-inch instrument cluster, and a dual-tone dashboard (that may vary from country to country). It will continue to be a premium offering with features such as auto AC, electronic parking brake, wireless charging, 360-degree camera, ventilated front seats, and push button start/stop. Safety features could include adaptive cruise control and lane keep assist.
Jeep is expected to offer the India-spec facelifted Compass with the new 1.3-litre turbo-petrol engine producing up to 180PS while mated to either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed dual-clutch transmission. It could replace the 1.4-litre turbo-petrol unit (163PS/250Nm) offered on the current model. As far as the diesel variants are concerned, they are expected to be powered by the same 2.0-litre motor that is rated at 173PS/350Nm and comes coupled with either a 6-speed manual or a 9-speed auto.
The facelifted Compass is expected to arrive in India by March 2021 and is likely to be priced from Rs 17 lakh onwards (ex-showroom). For reference, the current model is priced from Rs 16.49 lakh to Rs 24.99 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). It will continue to take on the MG Hector, Hyundai Tucson, Mahindra XUV500, Tata Harrier, VW T-Roc, Skoda Karoq, and the upcoming Citroën C5 Aircross.
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