Jeep Compass unveiled in India, production to start from June
Fiat Chrysler unveils the heavily localized Jeep Compass SUV, India launch expected by August this year
New Delhi: Auto maker Fiat Chrysler’s India arm on Wednesday said it is all set to roll out locally manufactured Jeep Compass SUV from its Ranjangaon manufacturing plant in Maharashtra by June this year.
FCA India Automobiles Pvt. Ltd, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, has invested $280 million in the Jeep Compass project.
The Jeep Compass SUV is expected to be launched by August in a space dominated by SUVs Hyundai Creta and Mahindra XUV 5OO.
“The local production schedule of the Jeep Compass is firmly on track... The Jeep Compass will come with several industry-first features and will set benchmarks in the Indian SUV space,” FCA India president and managing director Kevin Flynn said in a statement.
The SUV will come with both petrol and diesel engines. The vehicle will also come with manual and automatic transmissions. Both the engines will be scalable to Bharat Stage VI emission standards in India, the company said.
BS-VI norms will be implemented in India from 1 April 2020.
“One of the important highlights of the Jeep Compass is that both its export as well as the India models will be identical in terms of build and quality. We will export to international right-hand drive markets from India,” Flynn said.
Fiat Chrysler had launched the Jeep brand in India in August last year with its completely built units (CBU), and the company since then has been on track with its strategy to launch a heavily localized SUV for the Indian market this year.
Jeep Compass will come loaded with features including electric parking brake (EPB), frequency selective damping (FSD), electronic stability control (ESC), anti-lock braking system (ABS), dynamic steering torque (DST), hill start assist (HSA) among others.
The vehicle will also be equipped with six airbags including dual stage passenger airbags, the company said.