Based on the Jeep Compass, the 7-seater SUV is going to be launched soon to lock horns with the Mahindra XUV500 and the upcoming Tata Gravitas.
Jeep India, the local subsidiary of the renowned American auto manufacturer. has recorded considerable success with the Jeep Compass. However, the small SUV has been losing its competitiveness against the more modern models like the Kia Seltos and the MG Hector, which has left the company with lower sales numbers sinec a while now. To improve its sales, Jeep India has decided to introduce a 7-seater SUV which can rival the Mahindra XUV500 and the upcoming Tata Gravitas.
Jeep 7-seater SUV's expected design
Despite being based on the Jeep Compass, the new SUV, internally known as the Jeep Low-D, will have a 3-seat row layout with 7 seats. The new model will have an additional length but the 2,636 mm wheelbase of the Jeep Compass will be kept unchanged. Noteworthily, the Jeep Compass facelift will be launched in 2021 and the 7-seater SUV is expected to borrow the styling updates from the refreshed model. Therefore, whereas the upcoming 7-seater SUV will bear a strong similarity to the Jeep Compass facelift, it will have a different front and rear from the existing model.
The Jeep D-Low is expected to receive its power from an all-new 1.3-litre Firefly turbo petrol unit that will come mated to a 5-speed manual transmission as standard and a dual dry clutch automatic gearbox as optional. The facelifted Jeep Compass will very likely come with this low-capacity petrol engine which will substitute the existing 1.4-litre MultiAir motor. The diesel version of the new 7-seat SUV will borrow the 2.0-litre Multijet2 motor from the current Jeep Compass.
The Jeep 7-seater SUV has also been rendered by SRK Designs.
The upcoming 7-seater Jeep Compass is expected to be priced from INR 19 lakh to INR 24 lakh (ex-showroom) and compete with the Mahindra XUV500, the upcoming MG Hector Plus and the upcoming Tata Gravitas. With the launch of the new model, Jeep will have two models in the mainstream segment, which is something that should help it increase its market share.