Jeep India will launch an off-road focused variant of the Compass SUV in India later this year. The first spyshot of the Compass TrailHawk testing on Indian roads is now on the internet. The TrailHawk version of the Compass will get a long list of changes to improve the SUV’s off road performance.
In terms of changes, the TrailHawk version of the Compass will feature prominent badging on the hatch door. Apart from this clear visual indication, the TrailHawk variant will feature new front and rear bumpers, designed to have better angles of approach, departure and breakover.
The ground clearance will also be boosted while the vehicle will ride on 225/60 R17 all terrain tyres. The vehicle will also feature prominently placed tow hooks on the front and rear bumpers. The hood will get a black decal to minimize reflection.
In terms of mechanical changes, the 2 liter Fiat Multijet turbo diesel engine with 170 Bhp-350 Nm outputs will be retained, but with a new 9 speed automatic gearbox developed by ZF. The all wheel drive system will also get a few tweaks in the form of a new low range for additional torque during off roading, and hill descent control.
It remains to be seen if Jeep also modifies the suspension of the vehicle for better off road performance. The TrailHawk variant will be priced higher than the regular diesel-automatic variant, which will also be launched later this year. Expect to pay around Rs. 25 lakhs for the TrailHawk automatic SUV variant, making it the flagship model in the Compass range.
Jeep offers such off-road focused variants of all its SUVs in the international market. The Jeep brand is well known for building SUVs that have great off-road capability, and the TrailHawk range is meant to take advantage of the company’s engineering prowess and give customers a chance to go off the beaten path.
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