Fiat to roll out locally produced Jeep Compass by June

Fiat to roll out locally produced Jeep Compass by June”

Jeep Compass is to be launched in July, and the company is expected to initiate the serial production in June.

With heavy localisation and economies of scale, the Compass is likely to be aggressively priced compared to its rivals - the Hyundai Tucson, Honda CR-V, VW Tiguan and others - with a base price of around Rs 20 lakh. It will be offered with two engine variants-a 1.4 litre petrol engine and 2.0 litre diesel engine. The petrol will be a 1.4 litre 4-cylinder turbocharged unit with over 160 Bhp and 260 Nm of peak torque. "The Jeep Compass will come with several industry-first features and will set benchmarks in the Indian SUV space".

Fiat Chrysler is betting on the indigenously made "Jeep Compass" to pitchfork it to the forefront of the Indian vehicle market and its chief executive said the new SUV will be the "tipping point" for the impending turnaround of the auto major in the country.

He added, "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". The Jeep Compass, then, has a lot riding on it and a major chunk of its success will depend on the pricing.

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"We are at a cusp of a turnaround for the company with the roll out of locally manufactured Jeep".

The Jeep Renegade, just like its elder sibling the Compass will also be manufactured in the India itself. Jeep also states that the Compass makes use of high-strength steel with hot-stamped steel that offers a lighter and safer cabin to resist collision impact. The vehicle will be manufactured in India and will be the company's lowest priced offering for the Indian market. The Jeep Renegade is to be the smallest SUV in the product portfolio of Jeep in India. To start with, the model showcased to the media today doesn't have the panoramic sunroof, 18-inch diamond-cut wheels or even the dual-tone roof option (might be available at the time of launch), which are available in the Compass globally. The classic Jeep design elements are also very visible starting from the seven-slot bonnet grille to the trapezoidal wheel arches and the slightly curved clam-shell bonnet slab. It offers frequency sensitive damping suspension as well. When launched later in the year, the vehicle will take on the likes of HyundaiTucson+ and Honda CR-V. The SUV will boast of many premium features and it will be positioned as a lifestyle offering in the segment.

One major concern for a company like Jeep India should be a strong aftersales network. The Compass has already been tested on over 25.7 million kilometres on-road and off-road.

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