The Jeep Compass was globally unveiled in 2016 and then launched in India in mid-2017. With new models like the Tata Harrier and MG Hector stepping into contention and more on the way, the Compass is in need of a refresh, which will come in the form of a facelift in 2020.
- Compass facelift could get exterior as well as interior upgrades.
- While a new petrol is expected, the 2.0-litre MultiJet II diesel should be carried forward.
- 4X2 automatic diesel variants likely to be launched with the facelift.
- Jeep is expected to introduce BS6-compliant petrol and diesel in the pre-facelift model by the end of this year and prices are bound to increase.
- In that case, the prices of the facelift may remain largely unchanged.
Will it fix the missing pieces of the puzzle?
The Jeep Compass facelift is likely to feature minor aesthetic updates to its exterior. On the inside, it could feature new trims and upholstery. But more importantly, Jeep could take this opportunity to fix the missing pieces of the puzzle that make the lower and middle variants of the SUV seem exorbitantly priced. Jeep could add features such as ventilated seats, a powered tailgate, connected car technology (eSIM), a premium sound system and a head-up display that are offered in SUVs that are priced lower than the Compass.
So expect the 9-speed automatic gearbox and cruise control that debuted with the top-spec Compass Trailhawk, which is priced upwards of Rs 26 lakh, to make it to the more affordable variants as well in India. Even Jeep has confirmed that equipping lower variants with an diesel-automatic is the “logical thing to do.” Currently, all diesel variants of the Jeep Compass (except, of course, the Trailhawk) get just a single transmission option – a 6-speed manual. So, with the upcoming facelift, we expect relatively affordable 4×2 diesel-automatic options as well.
What about the engines?
The 2.0-litre Multijet II diesel engine of the Jeep Compass has already been upgraded to BS6 emission norms. However, it is only available on the Trailhawk for now. The remaining Compass variants are likely to get the cleaner version by the end of this year itself.
The 1.4-litre MultiAir petrol engine (162PS/250Nm) on the Compass is now more than a decade old and FCA is likely to introduce the latest 1.3-litre, 4-cylinder FireFly turbo-petrol engine with the Compass facelift. This engine debuted with the Jeep Renegade facelift last year. It is available in two states of tune and transmission options:
|Transmission||6-speed DCT||9-speed automatic|
Jeep even revealed a new plug-in hybrid variant of the Compass with a pure EV mode at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. However, it is unlikely to be launched here anytime soon.
What about the prices?
With the Compass’ engines set to be upgraded for BS6 emission norms by the end of the year, we expect Jeep to hike its prices by a bit. Expect the Compass facelift to be similarly priced to the upgraded variants. Currently, the Compass’ prices hover between Rs 15.60 lakh and Rs 26.80 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). It rivals the likes of the Hyundai Tucson, Tata Harrier and the Mahindra XUV500.