Jeep India has expanded its popular Compass SUV lineup with a new off-road, diesel-automatic variant – the Jeep Compass Trailhawk. The SUV’s trail-rated version has been positioned top of the line and price at Rs 26.8 lakh . What distinguish the Jeep Compass Trailhawk from the standard Compass are its slightly higher ground clearance (by 20mm), more rugged styling and some extra features. Read: Jeep Compass Trailhawk – 5 Interesting Facts

Powering the Jeep Compass Trailhawk is the same 170bhp, 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engine are does duty in the regular model. However its the BS6-compliant part paired to a new 9-speed automatic gearbox. Features such as Jeep’s Active Drive Low-range 4WD and ‘Rock mode’ for its select-terrain 4WD system, even power and torque. Its off-road capabilities. The revised front and rear bumpers for better approach and departure angles also aid to its performance.

With attributes such as high-tech features, off-road kit and capabilities, the new Jeep Compass Trailhawk has been priced higher than the previous top-spec jeep Compass 4X4 trim. While the Compass 2.0L Limited Option 4X4 variant is available at Rs 21.99 lakh, the Trailhawk version is priced at Rs 26.8 lakh (ex-showroom). At this price, the SUV takes directly on Skoda’s first 7-seater SUV – Kodiaq that costs Rs 35.99 lakh (Laurin & Klement 2.0 TDI AT) ex-showroom, Delhi. In fact, it’s more affordable than the Ford Endeavour (Rs 28.20 lakh – Rs 33.70 lakh) and Toyota Fortuner (Rs 29.84 lakh – 33.60 lakh). Read: New 2018 Jeep Wrangler Revealed

The black painted anti-glare bonnet decal (partially), black ORVM covers and a blackened A-pillars and roof add more to its sporty side looks. Styling bits such as reworked underbody protection with new skid plates, new dual tone 17-inch alloy wheels with 225/60 R17 all-terrain Falken Wildpeak HT tyres differentiate it from the standard version.

Other key highlights include blacked out trim on the front grille and side trim, ‘Trailhawk’ badge on the boot lid, signature red recovery hooks and ‘Trail Rated’ badge on the front fenders. In terms of proportions, the Trailhawk remains unchanged. The ground clearance, has been increased by 20mm ensuring better off-road duties. The Trail rated version of the SUV also receives newly designed front and rear bumpers for better approach and departure angles. Read: New Jeep Cherokee Pictures & Details

Inside, the Compass’ new Trail Rated variant features all black leather seats with red piping and Trailhawk tag. What further enhance its sporty feel and appeal are the red accents on the dashboard, all weather floor mats and leather wrapped gear lever, panels and steering. The company says that it has refined the voice command and navigation systems and improved AC performance of the vehicle.

Additionally, it offers better control NVH levels, vehicle dynamics and drivability. The list of standard safety equipment includes an 8.4-inch touchscreen for the Uconnect infotainment system, reverse parking camera, an electronic parking brake, cornering fog lamps, Hill decent control, six parking sensors in the rear and a panoramic sunroof and a contrast roof, Besides this, the safety features are carried over from the standard Compass.

As mentioned above, the Jeep Compass Trailhawk comes with the same 2.0-litre, four-cylinder Multijet diesel engine that powers the standard model. This powertrain, however, is BS6 compliant and tuned it for achieving better performance. Similar to the Australia-spec model, the India-spec model uses a 9-speed ZF automatic gearbox for performing transmission duties. Jeep’s Active Drive Low-Range 4WD and a new ‘Rock mode’ for its Selec-Terrain 4WD further give more boost its off-road capabilities and performance. The Trailhawk version also gets engine start-stop technology that enhances its fuel efficiency. While the regular Compass offers four driving modes-Auto, Snow, Mud and Sand, the Trailhawk gets an additional selectable rock mode and an electronically selected low range transfer range.

Currently, the Jeep Compass (middle model) is available with both variant petrol and diesel powertrain options. The petrol model derives power from a 1.4-litre, turbocharged MultiAir unit generating power worth 162bhp against 250Nm of torque. On the other hand, the diesel version is propelled by a 2.0-litre Multijet II mill pushing out a maximum power of 170bhp and 350Nm torque. Transmission options include a 6-speed manual and a 7-speed DSG gearbox (only on petrol trims). The SUV comes with both the 4×2 and 4×4 drivetrain options with additional Select Terrain system (only on the AWD trims). Read – Upcoming Jeep SUVs In India


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