Jeep Compass Trailhawk Indian launch in 2018
Jeep’s first made-in-India model, Compass will soon get the more powerful, Trailhawk variant, reports in media suggest. It is expected that Jeep India will launch the Trailhawk variant later this year. Fascinatingly, the car we drove was an Australian-spec model, made in India – and powered by the same 2.0-litre diesel as the one in India. It was, however, mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. India currently only gets a 2.0-litre diesel mated to a manual and a 1.4-litre petrol mated to an auto. The company is yet tight-lipped about the specifications for the Trailhawk version, though it says work is going on in full swing on the new models at the parent company, FCA’s manufacturing unit in Pune. Jeep currently manufactures the right-hand-wheel drive version of Compass at Fiat’s facility near the suburbs of Pune. Besides, the company exports Compass to all RHD markets from there, which is why Jeep India can choose to bring any available specs to the Indian market.
Jeep is not confirming any specifications for the Trailhawk version, right now. They say that the new models are still being worked on; and as the FCA plant in Pune manufactures and exports Compass’ to all right-hand drive markets, Jeep India can, technically, bring any of the available specs to the country.
Trail Rated Jeeps are designed to take on tougher terrain than regular Jeeps and come equipped with serious off-road kit. The Compass Trailhawk derives with Jeep’s Active Drive low-range 4WD and a new ‘Rock Mode’ for its Selec-Terrain 4WD system. It also sits 20mm higher than the standard variant and gets unique front and rear bumpers that facilitate better approach and departure angles that stand at 30 degrees (approach), 24.4 degrees (break over) and 33.6 degrees (departure), respectively. The Jeep Compass Trailhawk also gets hill descent control, as standard. Compared to the standard variant, the Compass Trailhawk gets unique alloy wheels, signature red recovery hooks, a black painted anti-glare bonnet decal, underbody skid plates, all-weather floor mats and, of course, the Trailhawk and Trail Rated badging.