Jeep Compass Facelift Launch Expected In January 2021 – Unofficial Bookings Open
Jeep unveiled the Compass facelift in November this year and the carmaker is now gearing to launch the updated SUV in India soon. Some dealers across the country have already started accepting unofficial bookings for the SUV for a token amount of Rs 50,000.
In terms of design, the Compass facelift looks sharper than its predecessor. It gets an updated version of Jeep’s signature grille. It looks sleeker and features a honeycomb pattern. It is flanked by new sleeker LED headlamps. The bumper is also tweaked and features a two-part central air dam and redesigned fog lamp housing. The side and the rear profile remain largely unchanged save for a new set of alloys.
Unlike the exterior, the interior of the Compass facelift has received a major update. The centre of attraction has to be the new 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system that sits at the top of the central AC vents. It gets Jeep’s latest UConnect 5 software which offers Alexa support, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and OTA updates.
Other updates include a new steering wheel, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a dual-tone dashboard wrapped in leather with brushed metal outlines. Other features on offer include a dual-zone AC, a panoramic sunroof, powered front seats, electronic parking brake, a 360-degree camera, wireless mobile charger and ventilated front seats. Most of these features are expected to make way to the India-spec model as well.
Things are expected to remain unchanged under the hood. The diesel engine on offer will be a 2.0-litre unit making 170PS and 350Nm mated to either a 6-speed manual transmission or a 9-speed automatic. The petrol engine, on the other hand, is a 1.4-litre turbocharged unit making 163PS and 250Nm paired to either a 6-speed MT or a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic.
Jeep is expected to launch the Compass facelift in the second half of January 2021. It is likely to be priced at a slight premium over the current model which retails from Rs 16.49 lakh to Rs 27.60 lakh (ex-showroom India). It will continue to rival likes of the Tata Harrier, MG Hector, Volkswagen T-ROC, Skoda Karoq, Hyundai Tucson, Mahindra XUV500 and the upcoming Citroen C5 Aircross.