We have been hearing about the Trailhawk version of the Jeep Compass from quite sometime. While a late 2018 launch was speculated, that never happened. It now seems that the wait could be over and we have a definitive timeline for the launch. Jeep India has started teasing the Compass Trailhawk launch on its website. The Jeep Compass Trailhawk will be in showrooms this July. This will be the most expensive version of the Compass in offer in India and prices could very well touch the Rs 30 lakh mark, on-road Mumbai.
What’s new in the Jeep Compass Trailhawk
The Jeep Compass Trailhawk is the more off-road focussed version of the standard SUV. In the Select Drive system, there will be the addition of the Rock Mode. Low range 4WD too will be on offer. Compared to the standard SUV, the Trailhawk boasts 20mm additional ground clearance. Not only this, the front as well as rear bumpers are new and are shorter than the stock ones. This ensures a better approach and departure angle. The tyres too will be dual-purpose ones.
Apart from the hardware, there will be styling differences too. The SUV looks much more aggressive than before. It will have gloss decal on the bonnet, red colour recovery hooks as well as blacked out roof, dual-tone alloys and skid plates.
The real reason behind the delay of the launch of the Compass Trailhawk is the upgrade to BS-VI norms. We believe Jeep will launch the Trailhawk only with the 2.0-litre Multijet II diesel engine. With BS-VI coming into play, the engine could well be detuned to make slightly lower power than before. A 9-speed automatic transmission too will be on offer.
With such hardware on offer and looking at the price, the Jeep Compass Trailhawk will lock horns with the Mahindra Alturas base version and even the Isuzu MU-X. Will people accept a 5-seater at that price or the gleaming proposition of a 7-seater take over, only time will tell.