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Old 20th April 2020, 11:31   #1
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According to Partha Datta, President and Managing Director, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) India, the Jeep Compass facelift is scheduled to be launched in early 2021.

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The updated Compass is expected to get new headlights, bumpers and a redesigned grille. It is also expected to get a new dashboard with a larger touchscreen infotainment head-unit as well as connected-car tech.

In addition to the Compass facelift, Jeep is also evaluating a sub-4 meter SUV for the Indian market. Codenamed as the Jeep 526, it will have four-wheel drive and is expected be launched in 2022.

A 3-row SUV based on the Compass platform is also likely to debut in 2021. It is expected to compete with the Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour.

Another SUV that is set to debut in 2021 is the next generation Grand Cherokee. It will be offered with petrol, diesel and hybrid powertrain options.

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Considering that 2020 is a washout, a facelift arriving early 2021 probably is not so bad - from a timing perspective. But Jeep will really need to do some price correction (along with this facelift) to stay relevant in its segment.
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It is high time for Jeep to act else they will go down the fiats way. The competition looks much more VFM when compared to Jeep. Sub 4 meter SUV priced competitively should work for Jeep
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Considering that 2020 is a washout, a facelift arriving early 2021 probably is not so bad - from a timing perspective. But Jeep will really need to do some price correction (along with this facelift) to stay relevant in its segment.
I completely agree with you on the price. It is currently way overpriced considering the same engine combos in the competition. With the confidence I have on the FCA management they will screw it up with an increase in price. They have mastered the "art of shooting your own foot" strategy. I hope FCA proves me wrong.
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Jeep is also evaluating a sub-4 meter SUV for the Indian market. Codenamed as the Jeep 526, it will have four-wheel drive and is expected be launched in 2022.
Will have 4WD?

Now that is a good differentiator when entering a crowded segment. But given the late entry and the usual FCA quirks - I'm not sure this will be a sales success.

Given that it mostly won't sell much anyways - I hope the vehicle they have in mind is a mini-Wrangler. Will make sense for the export markets too - just look at the demand for the Jimny worldwide!
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It is high time for Jeep to act else they will go down the fiats way. The competition looks much more VFM when compared to Jeep. Sub 4 meter SUV priced competitively should work for Jeep
The problem is when Jeep launched the Compass, people said it's a value proposition and it was. But now with the Seltos and Creta around the Compass looks very expensive. I know it's a segment above but people still compare it while buying the car.
Hope they price the new car in a very agressive way so that they are future proof.
A little price premium is justified but not to an extent to dent the sales.
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In addition to the Compass facelift, Jeep is also evaluating a sub-4 meter SUV for the Indian market. Codenamed as the Jeep 526, it will have four-wheel drive and is expected be launched in 2022.
Once the Jimny is launched with it's super strong desirability & service backup from Maruti, the sub 4 meter SUV from Jeep will have a tough time to survive.
Delaying a new car launch in India means, you are simply giving the ball to Maruti Suzuki's court! Launch before Maruti launches the Jimny!

Instead bringing the Renegade with the 1.6L multi-jet 2 & placing it below the Compass will give Jeep a better chance to acquire more market share!

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A 3-row SUV based on the Compass platform is also likely to debut in 2021. It is expected to compete with the Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour.
This must be or similar to the Grand Commander. I doubt how much this SUV with a monocoque chassis will be able to compete with the big daddies of this segment!

The future plans do not look too promising for Jeep, except giving the Compass a midlife facelift!

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This must be or similar to the Grand Commander. I doubt how much this SUV with a monocoque chassis will be able to compete with the big daddies of this segment!
Apparently it is a new SUV (codename: Jeep 598). Expected to be slightly longer and wider version of the Compass itself, like how Creta and Harrier is giving birth to 7 seater UVs.

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Another reason why Seltos/Creta etc seem VFM is because they have almost the same interior space and arguably more contemporary interior + infotainment & features. Jeep's 2.0 Multijet isn't a USP because Tata and MG also have it.

Also, I hope Jeep does something about the reat seat in the facelift. The way it is shaped seems optimum for 2 passengers only.
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Jeep Subcompact SUV In The Works For The Indian Market.

https://www.carandbike.com/news/jeep...market-2215057
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According to Partha Datta, President and Managing Director, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) India, the Jeep Compass facelift is scheduled to be launched in early 2021
Could someone please explain to Mr. Datta & co. that a facelift is not what the Compass needs? What is desperately needs is an immediate price correction! If FCA's strategy is to try and have customers perceive the Compass as a "premium" offering by setting unrealistic pricing then the strategy is going to fall flat on the face - or maybe it already has. It is really saddening to see such a good product get killed by its own manufacturer
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Any new thread on JEEP compass whether it's a facelift or rejig of variants, or BS6 update or AT introduction has one thing in common, everyone points to how overpriced the Compass is for what it offers.

Inspite of so many threads saying the same thing that the compass needs a price check to compete just above the Seltos and Creta not 8-10L above, Jeep is clueless and trying to get a facelift at probably a higher price tag.

Not just that, they think the 5 seater should be made bigger to a 7 seater. The compass is already 32L on road. If you add facelift+3rd row it will be 5-6L more.

Why would anyone look at a compass over a Kodiaq, Tiguan Allspace, Endeavour and Fortuner. It's like going into a war zone and drawing a bulls eye on yourself.

The compass HAS a USP. It is compact and perfect size for those that don't want to buy a full sized SUV. It is also premium and well built over the Kia and Hyundai. However it is 3-4L premium over the Seltos/Creta. It is NOT 9 lakhs premium.

Jeep needs to understand this which is as clear as the sky during lockdown.
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Does this mean we will not be getting the Renegade?
Massively disappointed, if true.
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The FCA India Chief seems very out of touch with the Indian market. Not surprising if the facelift gets a price hike because he percieves Jeep to have a luxury image in his mind probably because he worked in the States?
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Does this mean we will not be getting the Renegade?
Massively disappointed, if true.
Renegade was never planned for India. It was clear the day the 5 year plan for Jeep India was published.

For India it was always a 7 seater and sub 4 m. Both will be launched 2022 if they are launched at all.

International renegade is 4+ m and hence wont be launched in India

With Covid changing the earth in every possible way auto will be one of the worst hit sectors. How many of them survive in India is a big question? Close to 3 decades and FCA has hardly learnt anything yet.

There is brighter chance of us getting the Covid vaccine earlier than of FCA taking most obvious steps to revive the brand in India. We don't need management degrees to figure out that Compass is overpriced at least 4 lacs compared to competitors, CBUs and CKDs from FCA aren't going to crunch sales numbers for the company, not launching any others products from Fiat line up when they were doing reasonably well with Punto and Linea (Panda would have been lapped up looking at success of Spresso and Ingnis), not having enough sales and service centers etc.

I have been a Fiat owner for 6 years now and my Punto is still going strong at 1+ Lac kms on odo. No issues what so ever. Still running on original clutch, suspension and even the drum brakes. Other than general servicing, consumables, disc pads - 2 times and tires once there absolutely has been no other expenditure. My car is still stock and only issue the Blue and Me stopped working few months back. Didn't change it as 14 K seems to be a steep price just to enable USB and Bluetooth functionality. I will get a good Android head unit for that price

Fiats would still run circles around competitors as far as ride quality and drive dynamics are concerned, but that's about it. They have done nothing since 2009 and have made profits selling engines. Not surprised really looking at their current position. I pray FCA survives the deadly virus so that we continue to get a couple of cars with great driving dynamics and brilliant ride quality every decade.
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