Jeep India starts exporting the Compass


Jeep India has started exporting right-hand drive versions of the Compass. The first batch of 600 units was shipped from Bombay Port Trust destined for Australia and Japan. The Jeep Compass is manufactured at the company's Ranjangaon factory, near Pune. FCA India has invested over US$ 280 million / Rs. 1800 crore in the Compass project. 

Apart from India, the Compass is also manufactured in Brazil, Mexico and China, however India is the only country manufacturing the right-hand drive versions of the SUV. The car maker has plans to export the RHD vehicles to the UK, New Zealand and South Africa among other international markets through the ongoing quarter of 2017.

The Jeep Compass was launched in India earlier this year and it comes with a choice of two engines - a 1,368 cc, 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine producing 160 BHP and a torque of 250 NM and a 1,956 cc, turbocharged diesel unit which pumps out 171 BHP and a peak torque of 350 Nm. The engines are mated to a 6-speed manual transmission while an optional 7-speed dual-clutch is available only on the petrol version. The 4x4 variant only comes with a diesel engine and in Limited/ Limited(O) trim. The traction management system on the 4x4 model lets the driver choose between four driving modes- Auto, Mud, Sand and Snow.

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