Jeep is working on the new seven-seater SUV which is likely to hit the Indian roads by 2020. The SUV is likely to be named as the as Grand Compass (or Compass Long). The new Jeep seven-seater SUV will be based on Compass’ platform, but will be placed above the Compass SUV. The upcoming seven seater SUV will be developed locally at the Ranjangaon plant on the outskirts of Pune. The FCA India Automobile has entered India with the launch of their Compass SUV in the mid 2017. Although it was a good start, yet the company had witness 17 percent decline in sales volume [16,000 units being sold in 2019 from 19,358 units in 2018].
“The project has been approved and it will be an offspring of the all new Compass planned for 2020. With the launches of vehicles like Trailhawk, Compass and now the Grand Compass or Compass long, the company wants to reinforce Jeep’s premium positioning in the market, before more accessible compact Jeep hits the market in the subsequent years,” said one of the several people in the know of the company’s plan.
The reports from Autocar read, Kevin Flynn, CEO and MD, FCA India said, “What we’d announced in May last year at the investors’ conference was the fact that we are looking at two more vehicles effectively for the Indian market. So one is a B-SUV, the smaller one below Compass, and then logically, the other commitment made there was on a D-SUV, a three-row product. Now, both are progressing very well.” Flynn added Jeep’s objective was to have “a showroom full of models” for India.
The new Jeep seven-seater SUV is likely to be powered by the same unit on its younger counterpart. Powering the new SUV is the 1.4-liter MultiAir turbo petrol which delivers a power of 163 hp and a 2.0-liter MultiJet diesel engine churns out a power of 173 hp. When launched, the upcoming seven – seater SUV will take on the likes of the Toyota Fortuner, Mahindra Alturas, Ford Endeavour, Skoda Kodiaq and the upcoming 7-seat variants of the MG Hector and Tata Harrier. The SUV is likely to arrive at the second half of 2020 or early 2021.
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