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The much-awaited, made-in-India Jeep Compass Trailhawk SUV has finally been launched in India for Rs 26.80 lakh.

Finally, the wait is over for those who want to own a capable compact off-road machine – the Jeep Compass Trailhawk. FIAT Chrysler India have launched the car with a price tag of Rs. 26.80 lakh, which is Rs 3.7 lakh more than the top-spec Compass Limited Plus 4×4.

The Jeep Compass Trailhawk is one of the only made-in-India SUVs to earn the “Trail Rated” badge, a global benchmark given to Jeep 4×4 SUVs that are developed to have superior off-road capabilities. It is the first small SUV that gets a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine which makes 173 PS and 350 Nm of peak torque. The engine is a BS-VI compliant unit; available several months before the new emission norms come into effect next April. The standard automatic is the all-new nine-speed automatic transmission paired with Jeep’s legendary four-wheel drive system. The best performance and efficiency is said to be achieved in the Trailhawk when it is driven between 1,750 and 2,500 rpm.

The car gets some minor cosmetic upgrades such as the partially blacked-out hood, which will block the sunlight from reflecting back to the driver’s eyes while driving. Apart from these changes, the Jeep Compass Trailhawk gets some other tweaks that will help the car to cover treacherous terrains, such as the 30 mm increase in ground clearance, a 510 mm water wading depth, and better approach, departure and ramp breakover angles. Moreover, the Trailhawk also packs Jeep’s Active Drive Low 4×4 system, which means that the car’s four-wheel-drive system includes a low-range mode, hill-descent control and a ‘Rock’ mode for the Selec-Terrain system, along with Auto, Snow, Sand and Mud modes, all of which are available on the standard Compass.

The Jeep Compass Trailhawk is equipped with all essential safety features and is offered with six airbags, including side full curtain airbags which protect rear seat passengers from head injuries. Another feature is Roll Over Mitigation that senses body-roll when the Compass is tilting excessively on either side and intuitively controls the trajectory of the car using the onboard active safety equipment. It also activates the side airbags to protect all occupants in the event of a roll-over situation. All new features include as Engine stop/start, Cruise Control, UConnect with built-in Navigation and Hill Descent Control (HDC). Jeep Active Drive 4×4 Low with Selec-Terrain is now offered with a ‘Rock’ mode in addition to Auto, Snow, Mud and Sand.

The Engine stop/start is an intelligent function that adapts to the drivers acceleration habits, which in turn gives out a six per cent better fuel efficiency in Indian traffic conditions. The Cruise Control with Speed Control complies with the new safety regulations that will come into effect on 1 July, 2019. The 8.4-inch UConnect infotainment system now has built-in navigation. The Hill Descent Control feature is activated when the Trailhawk is on a steep decline, and ensure that the vehicle brakes on its own without any input from the driver, while also keeping the SUV under three km/h. The Jeep Active Drive 4×4 Low feature gives the car more traction off-road and also helps the car drive out of depressions easily.

You can read our first drive review shortly.

Story: Azaman Chothia and Koustubh Mukherjee


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