The Compass Trailhawk is all set to become Jeep's first BS6-compliant model in India; will also debut the much-awaited diesel-automatic configuration.
It's been a long and patient period of waiting for us, ever since we first drove the Jeep Compass' hardcore, off-road-oriented sibling, the Compass Trailhawk, in Australia. Now though, the end to this wait seems to be on the horizon as the Jeep India website now officially lists the Compass Trailhawk as its next upcoming model. Customers interested in the model can register themselves on the site for the same. During this period of waiting, we've witnessed the launch of the Compass Limited Plus (the current top-spec model in the Compass line-up), the addition of a Compass Longitude (O) variant in the line-up and a Sport Plus trim option entering the mix as well.
So, when we say the Compass Trailhawk is a serious, purpose-built offroader, what additional goodies does it offer to support the claim? Well, for starters, the Compass Trailhawk gets Jeep's Active Drive Low 4x4 System. This setup comprises of low-range, rear-locking differential, Hill-Descent Control (HDC) and an extra Rock Mode in the Selec-Terrain System. Further, the Compass Trailhawk will bring in the much-anticipated 9-speed automatic gearbox option, which will be mated to the same 2.0-litre diesel engine powering the standard Compass. However, in India, the Trailhawk will become the first Jeep model to get a BS-6 compliant version of this diesel motor. Till now, only petrol variants of the Compass offer an automatic gearbox – a 7-speed DCT.
Inside too, the Trailhawk can be distinguished from its regular brethren by the Trailhawk-badged interior. However, we are yet to see what feature upgrades will Jeep bring in for India. Rest, if we go by the international-spec model which we drove in 2018, the 2.0-litre motor produces 168bhp and 350Nm of torque. Also, the Trailhawk gets an additional 20mm of ground clearance over the standard Compass. As seen in the teaser, there will be quite a few visual changes as well, most prominent of those being the reworked front bumper and a black-painted hood scoop.
While reports suggest that the production of the Compass Trailhawk has already started at FCA India's Ranjangaon facility, expect it to arrive here within the next 1-2 months.