The Jeep Compass has received some hardcore off-road pedigree in its Trailhawk version. Here are all the main highlights.
It’s been a long time coming, but the off-road oriented Jeep Compass Trailhawk is finally going to go on sale in India soon. Not to mention, it’ll also be the first diesel automatic variant of the Compass in India ever since the vehicle’s launch in 2017. Given the success and popularity of the Compass among the masses, there’s no doubt that the Trailhawk version will find many takers. So, while Jeep is busy prepping the stage for the launch of the Compass Trailhawk, here’s a look at its main highlights
The Jeep Compass Trailhawk is ‘Trail Rated’. That may sound like another marketing gimmick, but it isn’t. A Trail Rated model by Jeep means that the vehicle “has succeeded against a series of gruelling tests in five categories - traction, water fording, manoeuvrability, articulation and ground clearance.” Put simply, it means that a vehicle is approved for off-roading by the company itself. Now, coming back to the Compass Trailhawk, it’s been given the Trail Rated badge because it gets a couple of modifications over the regular version to deal with the rough stuff. First and foremost, it gets Jeep's Active Drive Low 4x4 System – which features a four-wheel-drive system with a low range gearbox (what it does is basically lock the gearbox in first gear), a rear-locking differential, hill-descent control and an additional Rock mode in the Selec-Terrain system, making it a total of five modes, in addition to Snow, Sport, Sand/Mud and Auto.
Additionally, the Compass Trailhawk gets new bumpers along with a higher ride height as compared to the regular model. This means it has a ground clearance of 225mm, which is 20mm more than its regular sibling. Thanks to these modifications, it also has improved approach and departure angles of 30.3- and 33.6-degrees, respectively. The water wading depth is also improved by over 75mm to 480mm. The Compass Trailhawk also comes with added underbody protection.
Diesel goes Auto
Ever since its market launch in India, a diesel automatic was always missing from the Compass. Not anymore though. With the Trailhawk version, the Compass will finally get an automatic gearbox, paired with a diesel motor. The engine is the same 2.0-litre turbo, but it’s now BS-VI approved. The power output stands at 168bhp, along with a peak torque of 350Nm. The gearbox is a nine-speed automatic (torque converter) as opposed to the seven-speed dual-clutch offered with the petrol Compass.
More features, more style
Apart from the mechanical revisions, the Trailhawk version will stand out from the rest of the range, courtesy its dual-tone paint job. In addition to this, it’ll come loaded with features, including a bigger infotainment touchscreen, a new instrument cluster, cruise control, panoramic sunroof, et al.
The top-end manual 4X4 version of the Jeep Compass, called the Limited Plus, already carries a steep price tag of Rs 23.11 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). As a consequence, the Compass Trailhawk is going to be an even pricier proposition, given the off-road kit and features it packs. Although there’s no confirmation as yet, the Jeep Compass Trailhawk is expected to carry a price tag of Rs 25 lakh or above (ex-showroom, Delhi).
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