N4M Review: Jeep Compass Trailhawk – Automobile lovers for long waited eagerly for the Jeep Compass Trailhawk launch. The wait has been long though it is being produced in India at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles facility at Ranjangoaon for export markets since the late 2017. The wait is however over for at least the hardcore off road version of the Compass as the launch of Trailhawk variant is now imminent in July 2019.
Jeep Compass Trailhawk compared to the standard SUV will get few mechanical changes to turn it into a better off roader. It will be powered by the same 2.0 litre Multijet diesel engine with 173 Ps of power and 350 NM of torque but it will have a 9 speed automatic gearbox instead of the 6 speed manual present in the other diesel variants of the Jeep Compass.
Trailhawk is well equipped with the more advanced 4×4 drive train which is named as Active Drive Low along with an additional Rock Drive Mode. These two are not offered in the regular model.
Trailhawk will also be beautified visually enhancing its capabilities. The front and the rear bumpers are redesigned and this helps improve the approach and departure angles compared to the regular model. Bonnet has a matte black finish in the centre to deal with the reflection from the sun while scaling the steep inclines. Trailhawk models signature ruby red two hooks also. It also has the trial rated badges on the front fenders and boot lid.
It is equipped with the improved ground clearance compared to that of the regular compass 178mm figure. The Australia spec model has the ground clearance of 225 mm and is exported from India.
Trailhawk’s interiors will have all black theme with red accents and has seats with trailhawk badging. It has the 8.4 inch touch screen infotainment unit,eight way power adjustable driver seat with memory function, panoramic sunroof and also has the front parking sensors.
It is expected to be priced at around 2 lakhs more than that of the top spec limited plus 4×4 diesel variant and may be around Rs 25 lakh market. This will turn out to be a competitor for the Hyundai Tucson AWD which has 2.0 litre diesel engine with automated gearbox and priced at Rs 26. 95 lakhs.
The jeep also offers the standard diesel model with the automatic four wheel drive option (9AT and 4×4) like the one in Australia. This suits people who are looking gor better off road capabilities with the convenience of an automatic gear box unlike those who wish to spend more for the Trailhawk’s off road goodies.
While in India the mileage remains an important parameter for the indian psyche. The claimed ARAI mileage for the Jeep Compass petrol is 16 kmpl, and for the Jeep Compass diesel is 17 kmpl.
The Jeep Compass Trailhawk will be available only with a BS VI-compliant 2.0-litre diesel engine. The engine produces 171 bhp of max power and 350 Nm of peak torque. The Trailhawk will also receive a nine-speed automatic gearbox.