FCA India rolled out the first locally manufactured Jeep Compass SUV from its Ranjangaon facility in Pune.
The vehicle was rolled off the assembly line in the presence of Maharashtra Chief Minister Mr. Devendra Fadnavis, Mr. Paul Alcala Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) chief operating officer – Asia Pacific region (excluding China), and Mr. Kevin Flynn president & managing director, FCA India.
India is the fourth country globally to manufacture the Jeep Compass SUV along with China, Mexico and Brazil as a manufacturing and export hub for the Jeep Compass.
India is also the only country which will manufacture the right hand drive version and will be exported to all right hand drive markets. The export of the vehicle will commence in the last quarter of calendar year 2017.
FCA has invested US $280 million in the plant to support local production of Jeep.
The Jeep Compass will be in full production in July and vehicles are expected to hit the market during the third quarter of the year in three variants – Sport, Longitude and Limited, according to FCA.
The Compass will be available globally in as many as 17 engine, gearbox and drivetrain configuration.
The Compass in India will be avaialble in two engine options – 2.0-litre MultiJet diesel and 1.4-litre MultiAir petrol. Both engine will be available in 4×2 and 4×4 drivetrain options.
The Compass is expected to be priced between Rs.18 lakh and Rs. 25 lakh.
The Compass is the first model from the Jeep range to be produced in India. By 2017-end, the Jeep brand portfolio will expand with new models like new 2018 Wrangler, New Grand Cherokee and Compass.