A look at Jeep’s New Models in India

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When Jeep made its initial foray in India with its CBU imports, like the Grand Cherokee and the Wrangler, the American brand received a dull response due to the high pricing. However, after the compact, made-in-India, for-India-and-the-world Jeep Compass was launched, the brand’s fortunes in India began to change. We highlight two New Cars from the brand.

2021 Jeep Compass facelift

At the front lies the most noticeable change. It gets a bigger air dam and the Jeep grille gets a new look too. There’s no more chrome up-front, the seven-slat grille is finished in anodised gun-metal grey; we think it looks cool. The grille also features faux inserts, while the actual intakes are placed lower down. Jeep Cars have also equipped it with new fog lights and it also sports these new LED headlamps that spruce up the front-end quite a bit. There’s even a camera up-front, which is used for the 360-degree parking assistant. Inside the Compass, Jeep Cars have seen to it that the interior is solidly put together and everything is new, barring the seats. The dashboard is new; so is the instrument cluster, the steering and the touchscreen infotainment system. You get leather and a multi-layered dashboard, some chrome with a blend of piano black, giving it an upmarket appearance. The quality of the switches and buttons is top-notch.

The Compass continues to impress behind the wheel; it’s great on the road, but the suspension do feel a bit stiff on some very bad bits of tarmac. However, the stiffer springs also help flatten out the uneven surfaces. At low engine speeds, the BS6 diesel motor does clatter quite a bit, but that changes the moment you floor the throttle and acceleration is linear. It does get noisy at higher speeds but it also pretty quick for an SUV. The transmission responds quicker and in case of a sudden downshift, you sense a bit of lethargy in the ‘box. Also, you don’t get paddle-shifters behind the steering. The Compass is light and nimble and it exhibits great poise around corners. The Compass is one among the best New Cars you can buy in its segment.

2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon is finally being assembled in India and that makes it a lot more affordable to Jeep enthusiasts. The Wrangler looks unlike anything out there; it’s probably the last of the proper Jeep Cars you can buy out there. The slab-sided profile, those fat tyres, the high-set bonnet and the tail-mounted spare are all signature Jeep design elements. The Wrangler Rubicon is powered by a Hurricane 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbo petrol engine, producing 268bhp and 400Nm of torque, mated to a ZF-sourced 8-speed automatic transmission. On the road, it stands tall and you get great visibility from the driver’s seat, and though the windscreen is perhaps the flattest you’ll ever see, it offers a good view out-front.

The rear window is too small though and the spare wheel comes in the way. However, there is a rear-view camera that’ll assist you in parking. The block-pattern tyres crush anything in its path and the ride quality is just about alright. Go off the road and you’ll see how well it keeps you comfortable inside. It does get noisy inside, but that’s mostly down to the massive tyres. You’ll have to climb in to the Wrangler; it’s proper Jeep enthusiast stuff. Even when getting out, it’s a bit of a jump. The dashboard features a matte-red insert that runs the width of the dashboard, and when it comes to space, the cabin is huge.

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