India-bound Jeep 7-Seater SUV Spotted Testing For The First Time

by Harish Kumar | 11/12/2019
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Jeep India is set to launch a new Toyota Fortuner rival which will be a 7-seater SUV. The launch is expected for 2021.

A new 7-seater Jeep SUV has been recently spotted during its road testing in Brazil which will be the key market for the new Jeep model. Reports suggest that the new Jeep 7 seater will be bound to launch in India as well. Out of our expectations, the upcoming Jeep SUV won’t be an extended version of the Jeep Compass, albeit sharing the same Compact Wide platform with the Compass sibling. In all likelihood, it might also share the same engine-gearbox packages with the Compass but come in a completely new avatar compared to the latter one. With these production measures, we expect that Jeep would price its new SUV competitively that could be its big selling point in the price-sensitive emerging markets like Brazil and India.

7-seat Jeep SUV spy side angle

Spotted testing in Brazil recently, the new Jeep 7-seater SUV could be launched in India in the coming years.

Spy images emerged around the Interwebs do give us some hints at what the upcoming 7 seater car would look like. The all-new 7-seater Jeep SUV might ride on a 2,800-metre long wheelbase that could translate into plenty of room inside the cabin. Instead of being a ladder-on-frame SUV, the new Jeep car will get a monocoque body thereby offering the car a better refinement level. That’s almost what Jeep needs to fight aggressively with the likes of Ford Endeavour and Toyota Fortuner which are currently the leaders in the segment.

Jeep Grand commander render

The new 7-seat SUV by Jeep will rival the likes of Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour in the SUV segment.

On the mechanical front, the imminent 7-seat Jeep SUV is said to carry over a 2.0-litre Fiat Multijet turbo-diesel engine from the Jeep Compass. It is yet to confirm if the 170 BHP/ 350 Nm output will be retained. Or else, it is likely to get some additional power and torque output to handle the increased weight of the vehicle. Transmission options should include a 6-speed manual gearbox and a 9-speed automatic torque converter as an option.

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Speaking of the petrol engine, the upcoming 7-seater SUV could be packed with a 1.3-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged mill that might get manual and automatic transmission options and all. The power and torque figures remain unknown. While the diesel-powered variants might come with a front-wheel-drive system, the petrol-powered models are anticipated an all-wheel-drive for some specific trims.

In another development, Jeep India is preparing for the BSVI-compliant version of Jeep Compass in the country. Also, the brand is also working on the launch of Jeep Compass 7-seater which is slated to come in 2021.

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