27th Oct 2018 7:49 pm

Jeep Compass Trailhawk for India could launch by end of the year; likely to come with diesel-auto variant.

Jeep has begun testing the India-spec Compass Trailhawk SUV. Test-mules of the upcoming Compass variant were spied recently in Jaipur. Jeep currently sells the Compass in Sport, Latitude, Limited and the recently launched Limited Plus trims. The Trailhawk variant will sit at the top of the range and will come with more features and a much-awaited diesel-automatic configuration.

The India launch of the Jeep Compass Trailhawk was expected to take place earlier this year but was delayed due Jeep working on its engines meet the Bharat Stage VI emission norms that come into effect in 2020. Additionally, the Compass Trailhawk is likely debut the diesel-automatic option in India. Automatic gearbox duties will be carried out via a nine-speed transmission.

The Compass Trailhawk diesel automatic will get enhanced off-road capabilities like four-wheel drive with low range with an additional ‘Rock’ mode for the Selec-Terrain 4WD mode selector. The SUV also sits 20mm higher than its standard variant and gets uniquely designed front and rear bumpers, which result in better approach (30 degree) and departure (33.6 degree) angles. It will also get dual-tone alloy wheels, similar to the ones seen on the Compass limited Plus, red recovery hooks, a black anti-glare bonnet decal and skid plate.

The Compass Trailhawk might also come with the panaromic sunroof and a larger 8.4-inch infotainment system that made its debut recently on the Compass Limited Plus.  Expect Jeep to price the Compass Trailhawk at around Rs 2.5 lakh more than the current top-end trim.

The Compass Trailhawk will take on the likes of the Toyota Fortuner, the Ford Endeavour and the Isuzu MU-X in the Indian market.

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