Jeep India is still basking in the success of the new Jeep Compass. Jeep and its parent company FCA are buoyed by the impressive sales and growing demands for the Compass SUV, and planning to offer more products in India to boost sales further. However, apart from other products, Jeep is also planning to expand the lineup of the Compass in India to make the most of the success of the SUV and also to draw new customers. As per the latest reports, Jeep is planning to introduce the Compass Trailhawk top-end trim in this country.
The Jeep Compass is the first ever Jeep product to be locally manufactured in India and India is also the production hub for the Compass for all the global right-hand drive markets. However, the Compass range topping variant, the Trailhawk which is the toughest off-road focused model in the Compass range is not yet available for sale in India. The Compass Trailhawk version is currently being manufactured in India at FCA’s Ranjangaon plant, near Pune for the other export markets, but not for the domestic market. Now, Jeep India has decided to launch this top trim of the Compass in the Indian market as well, and it is likely to launch within 2018.
The Jeep Compass Trailhawk is essentially more muscular and tougher version of the regular Compass compact SUV, which is targeted for the serious off-roading buffs. As the right-hand-driven Compass Trailhawk is already being manufactured in India, it will be very easy for Fiat Chrysler Automobile to launch it in this country.
The Jeep Compass Trailhawk is the top of the range model trim of the SUV internationally. Thus, when launched in India it will definitely be the costliest among all the Compass variants currently available, and will sit above the current top of the line Limited 4X4 (O) diesel variant that is priced at Rs. 21.91 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi).
While the Compass Trailhawk variant will be coming at an extra premium, it will offer a lot of goodies for the hard-core off-roading lot. The Trailhawk trim offers Active Drive Low-range 4WD technology and a new drive mode 'Rock’ for the Selec-Terrain 4WD system. The Trailhawk also gets a raised suspension setup, underbelly protecting skid plates and dual purpose on/off road tyres to take on really rough and harsh road conditions. The raised suspension increases the SUV’s approach and departure angles of the SUV as well.
When it comes to looks, the Jeep Compass Trailhawk trim sets itself apart from the other variants with quite a few elements which include blacked out body panels, underbody skid plates, bolder bumpers with protruding tow hooks and darkened alloy wheels.
For the Indian market, the Compass Trailhawk variant is likely to pack in the same 2.0L MultiJet diesel motor that delivers 170.6 bhp of power along with 350 Nm of torque and is paired to a 6 speed manual transmission. However, an automatic transmission is also being speculated.