India-spec Jeep Compass Trailhawk Production Begins
The most capable version will debut the much awaited 9-speed automatic with the existing 2.0-litre diesel
- Offroad-oriented India-spec Jeep Compass Trailhawk production begins. Launch expected soon
- Will feature more advanced Jeep Active Drive Low 4x4 system with Jeep Selec-Terrain with Rock mode
- The diesel-only India-spec Trailhawk will be the Compass’ first diesel automatic avatar
- Expected to be priced around Rs 24 lakh (ex-showroom)
- India-spec Trailhawk model is likely to get front parking sensors like the global model
It seems like Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has begun production of the India-spec Jeep Compass Trailhawk at its Ranjangaon facility. A picture of the India-spec Trailhawk has surfaced online indicating the same. The offroad-oriented version of the Jeep Compass was supposed to launch in 2018, but it is now expected to come early next year.
Compared to the standard model, the Trailhawk features redesigned bumpers including signature red tow hooks to aid off-roading. It also rides higher off the ground compared to the regular model. While it will feature 17-inch wheels like the global model, the newly introduced Limited Plus is offered with bigger 18-inch wheels. Its interior is expected to feature an all-black theme like the global Trailhawk model, with ‘Trailhawk’ embedded on the seat upholstery. The Trailhawk should carry forward the equipment list -- including panoramic sunroof and 8.4-inch Uconnect system -- of the newly launched, top-spec Limited Plus variant, which you can check out here. Being the range-topping model it is expected to add a few more goodies like the front parking sensors visible in the image.
While it is also available with the 2.4-litre naturally aspirated petrol globally, the India-spec Trailhawk should presumably get the 2.0-litre diesel version like the made-in-India Australia-spec SUV. While the present 4x4 version of the India-spec Compass is a manual-only offering, the Trailhawk will be a diesel automatic one and will debut a new ZF-sourced 9-speed automatic transmission. The ZF 9-speed torque converter had its Indian debut with the new Honda CR-V diesel. It will get a more capable 4x4 drivetrain with a new super slow Rock crawl model over the existing driving modes.
The Trailhawk is expected to be over a lakh costlier than the newly launched Limited Plus 4x4 manual, which retails at 22.85 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The ex-showroom price might hover around Rs 24 lakh. That would make the Compass Trailhawk the most expensive Compass on sale in India. No other compact, mid-size or full-size SUV gets an off-road focused version in India as of now.
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