UPCOMING 2021 JEEP COMPASS FACELIFT REVEALED [Nov 24, 2020]
UPCOMING 2021 JEEP COMPASS FACELIFT REVEALED
At the Guangzhou Auto Show this month, FCA unveiled the 2021 Jeep Compass for the Chinese market . This is the mid-life update for the SUV and is expected to launch in India by March 2021. A seven-seater version is also expected to join the line-up alongside this when it debuts in India.
The updates to the styling of the Compass are evolutionary with a slimmer set of LED headlamps with integrated LED DRLs and a redeworked grille design,a new chrome studded . The seven-slat grille has been condensed and a new two-part arrangement to the lower airdam has been added with its full-width opening and a more prominent lower lip.
A new set of alloy wheels are seen as well as some minor tweaks to the rear. The top-spec Trailhawk version has been shown too. As with the earlier car, this tough version gets an all-black grille treatment, a more functional bumper design and the signature red two-hooks and decals.
Changes to the cabin of the Compass are far more extensive. The dashboard & the centre console has been completely redesigned and now features a more contemporary horizontally-themed look. There is a new 10.25-inch fully digital instrument cluster and seamlessly integrated airvents. Control for the aircon, off-road modes and the switchgear, in general, is new as well. The highlight though is the large 10.1-inch floating instrument with the new UConnect 5 interface and connected-car tech. A new steering wheel, and a fully reworked centre console are other highlights. Feature highlights are expected to be fully digital instrument cluster,wireless charging, 360-degree cameras, climate control and ventilated seats.
Under the hood, the big news should be the new 1.3-litre turbo-petrol that debuted in the updated Compass internationally. This motor makes 130PS when optioned with a manual gearbox and 150PS when paired with a DCT. Both make 270 Nm. The 2.0-litre diesel engine should carry on unchanged with 173PS of power and 350Nm of torque, coupled with a 9-speed automatic transmission or a six-speed manual. Jeep also debuted the 4xe hybrid AWD version of the Compass internationally but that is not expected to be made available here. The AWD setup and various off-road modes that are a Compass USP should find their way here too.
Compete with:The facelifted Compass will compete with the Hyundai Tucson, the upcoming Skoda Kodiaq petrol and the Honda CR-V. This aside from its indirect ladder-frame rivals like the lesser versions of the MG Gloster, Ford Endeavour and Toyota Fortuner.
Price factor:The aforementioned revisions to the interior are likely to lead to a price increment. Currently, the Jeep Compass retails for Rs 16.49 lakh to 24.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) while the Jeep Compass Trailhawk is priced at Rs 26.80 lakh to 27.60 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The current engine options - 1.4-litre turbo petrol and 2.0-litre diesel - are expected to be carried forward.