It’s a known fact that Jeep is working on a 7-seater mid-size SUV. Until now it was assumed to be a 7-seater version of the Compass, but the carmaker has confirmed that it will be longer, wider and taller than the Compass, and will also carry a different nameplate.
A 7-seater seater Jeep SUV is already spotted testing a bunch of times. It looks similar to the Compass till the C-pillar, but the window line appears to be extended and continues to go upwards post the C-pillar, accommodating a large quarter glass. The rear profile features sleeker and wider tail lamps. Along with the extra length, width and height, the 7-seater SUV might get a longer wheelbase compared to the Compass in order to accommodate an extra row of seating.
Under the hood, expect it to share its engines with the Compass, but these may be tuned for better output. It is likely to get a more powerful (around 200PS) version of the 2.0-litre diesel engine. Currently, the Compass’ 2.0-litre engine makes 170PS and 350Nm of torque. Transmission options are expected to include a 6-speed MT and a 9-speed automatic. While the Compass is offered with a petrol engine, Jeep may not offer it with the larger SUV.
Jeep will launch the 7-seater SUV in India in 2022. It will be manufactured at Jeep’s Ranjangaon facility and will be exported to global markets as well. Expect the prices to start around Rs 20 lakh. It will rival the likes of the Tata Gravitas, some variants of the Hector Plus and the second-gen Mahindra XUV500.