The Jeep Compass will be launched in India next month with prices starting from around Rs. 18 lakhs, expected to go up to Rs. 25 lakhs.
It was a proud moment today in Ranjangaon, Pune as the first Made in India Jeep Compass rolled off the assembly line from FCA’s manufacturing facility. The start of production sees India joining China, Brazil and Mexico as a manufacturing and export hub for the Jeep Compass, and also the only plant that will cater to all the Right Hand Drive markets in the world. Senior government officials and company leaders attended the roll-off ceremony, including Shri Devendra Fadnavis, Honourable Chief Minister, Government of Maharashtra; Paul Alcala, FCA’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the APAC region, non-China; Kevin Flynn, President and Managing Director of FCA India; Gurpratap Boparai, CEO of FIAPL and Shri Girish Bapat, Guardian Minister of Pune.
The Jeep Compass will be in full production in July and vehicles are expected to arrive in dealerships across India during the third quarter of 2017 in three variants: Sport, Longitude and Limited. Locally, the Compass will come equipped with various combinations of diesel and petrol engines paired with manual and automatic transmissions, offering customers over 50 trim configurations. The petrol engine is a 1.4-litre unit that develops 160+ PS of max power, while the diesel is a 2.0-litre unit that will provide more than 170 PS at your disposal.
FCA India’s Ranjangaon facility brings with it a number of new innovations that were never seem before in India, for example Laser Welding of body parts. It adopts the World Class Manufacturing (WCM) system to bring international car manufacturing standards to India. The company will start exporting to export markets in the last quarter of 2017. The Jeep Compass joins the portfolio of 2 other iconic SUVs from Jeep – Wrangler Unlimited and Grand Cherokee.
Paul Alcala, said, “The establishment of manufacturing operations and start of production of the Jeep Compass is an important milestone for our journey in India. The Compass will be the first ‘Made in India’ Jeep vehicle, and we are appreciative of the Government’s efforts to make India a desirable manufacturing destination for multi-national organizations, such as ours. With the start of production and an investment of US$280 million in the Jeep Compass localization, we are reaffirming our commitment to Indian consumers and our long-term presence in the country.”