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The Jeep Compass has fared well in India since its launch in 2017 and its facelifted version is set to arrive at our shores early in 2021
We reported a couple of weeks ago that the mid-life facelift for the Jeep Compass along with a new seven-seater Jeep are in the pipeline for India in 2021. And now, the American brand has announced officially that the global unveil of the Compass facelift will take place digitally on June 4. The Jeep Compass facelift is expected to come with minor cosmetic upgrades, connected car system and more features.
On the design front, Jeep will try to keep things fresh with the addition of redesigned front and rear bumpers, new inserts in Jeep’s traditional seven-slat grille, and a fresh set of headlamp units among other elements. The overall silhouette however, will remain the same and with the Compass’ design being well received generally, Jeep doesn’t plan for a major design overhaul in the near future.
There are rumours that the Jeep Compass will feature FCA’s new UConnect connected car system comprising of a large infotainment system integrated with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Amazon Alexa. Jeep has just launched a new variant of the Compass in Europe with the UConnect system that features an array of functionalities including smartphone and smartwatch connectivity and WiFi. There’s a possibility that the same set of features will make their way to India as well.
Internationally, the Compass is now also available with a new hybrid powertrain. It gets a 1.3-litre turbocharged petrol engine that's available in two states of tune, 128bhp and 148bhp, and paired to a six-speed DCT. However, the India-spec Compass is likely to retain the BS6 versions of 161bhp 1.4-litre turbo-petrol engine with 7-speed DCT and the 170bhp 2-litre diesel mill with the 9-speed automatic.
The facelifted Compass is expected to hit showrooms in India in Q1 of 2021, possibly at a slight premium in terms of price over the existing variants. Primary rivals to the Jeep Compass in India include the MG Hector, Volkswagen T-Roc and the newly launched Skoda Karoq.