Jeep India will introduce a new variant of the Compass SUV to target off-roading enthusiasts. It’ll be called the TrailHawk and is expected to be a top-of-the-line model, sitting above the Limited 4X4 Diesel variant. The Compass TrailHawk will feature a raft of changes to make it better off road.
The 4X4 system will get a terrain sensing feature with rock mode, a low range 4X4 option and also hill descent control. Other changes on the SUV will include revised front and bumpers to make approach, departure and breakover angles better for off roading, and a 20 mm boosted ground clearance.
Another key change on the Compass Trailhawk will be the addition of a 9 speed automatic gearbox sourced from ZF. This gearbox will be built in India to make it cost effective. With all these changes, the Compass 4X4 TrailHawk is expected to cost over Rs. 24 lakhs. It will be a flagship model that seeks to capitalize on Jeep’s rich off roading heritage.
The Compass TrailHawk is already being built in India, at Fiat’s Ranjangaon factory, which is a global production hub for the right-hand drive Compass. The TrailHawk edition is exported to Australia, a key market for Jeep, and also a country that loves off road vehicles due to the rugged terrain in the outback.
The Compass is sold in India with two engine options currently. Prices start from Rs. 15.21 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi. The petrol engined Compass uses a 4 cylinder, 1.4 liter turbocharged motor with 160 Bhp of peak power and 250 Nm of peak torque. This engine is offered with 6 speed manual and 7 speed twin clutch automatic gearbox options.
The diesel engined Compass uses a 2 liter-4 cylinder turbocharged motor with 170 Bhp-350 Nm, and a 6 speed manual gearbox as standard. Soon, Jeep will also offer the 9 speed ZF sourced automatic gearbox on the 2 liter diesel Compass variants sold in India.
News Source: ACI