Back when the Jeep Compass was first launched in India, everybody was asking where the diesel-auto combo was. The carmaker released different variants of the Compass along the way, but none offered a diesel-auto combo. Now though, Jeep is finally answering the prayers of those who have been wishing for this combination since day one.

The Trailhawk will offer an automatic gearbox with a diesel engine, a combo that has been missing since the Compass was first launched in India

Jeep has been making additions to its variant lineup, and the latest one will be the upcoming Trailhawk. These additions brought new features to the Compass, such as a sunroof. One feature that has been missing on the Compass since its launch in India is an automatic gearbox with a diesel engine.

This will not be the case for long as the launch of the Jeep Compass Trailhawk is around the corner, and it has now been revealed that it will be specced with a BS6 diesel engine at the time of launch. The news was confirmed by Kevin Flynn, MD of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) India.

He said, “We have added variants to the Compass at the entry level (Sport Plus) as well as top of the line (Limited Plus), which has brought in incremental buyers and very soon we will be launching Trailhawk with the BS VI engine.” He divulged this information while speaking about the company’s strategy regarding shifting from BS4 to BS6.

The Compass in its diesel avatar is offered with a 2.0-litre engine that makes 173PS/350Nm. The output is expected to remain the same in the BS6 form. Currently, the diesel Compass is offered only with a 6-speed MT. However, Jeep has now confirmed that the 9-speed automatic offered in global markets will be offered with the Compass Trailhawk in India also.

Presumably, the other petrol and the diesel variants of the Compass will also receive BS6 engines, either at the time of the Trailhawk’s launch or a little after that.

A ‘Trailhawk’ badge on the bootlid means that new variant of the Compass will also be offered with Jeep’s advanced off-road gadgetry, which will make its performance off the beaten path better than its existing variants. However, Indian consumers are more actively waiting for a diesel-automatic combo for the Compass. Apart from the Trailhawk, we believe that the 9-speed auto would also be offered with existing diesel variants of the Compass.

The Compass Trailhawk will be the top-spec Compass variant on offer in India, once it is launched in our market. We expect it to be priced around Rs 25 lakh (ex-showroom).