In a market segment flooded with competitors, the Jeep Compass has consistently stood out, maintaining its premium rugged image throughout its lifecycle. However, the growing competition from more affordable and well-equipped rivals has posed a challenge. To address this, Jeep has introduced a front-driven automatic drivetrain for the Compass, aiming to enhance its appeal.
Visually, the Jeep Compass 4×2 AT retains the familiar look, with the absence of the 4×4 badge being the primary distinguishing feature. As part of the 2024 model year update, all Compass variants receive new, stylish alloy wheels. Notably, the introduction of the Black Shark variant, positioned just below the top Model S, brings a distinctive black-themed design with a black seven-slat grille, black badges, front air dam, lip, and 18-inch alloys. The overall aesthetic complements the compact, blocky appearance of the Compass.
Internally, the Compass 4×2 AT mirrors the 4×4 versions, except for a simplified central tunnel. The 4×4 functionalities are replaced by a larger electronic parking brake. The Black Shark variant continues its black theme inside, maintaining the plush feel of the Compass dash with all-black panels. The chrome accents are replaced by dull red accents on the steering wheel, seat upholstery, and door cards.
In terms of features, the Compass 4×2 AT is available across various trims, from the one-above-base Longitude to the top-end Model S. The Black Shark variant, priced at Rs 28.49 lakh, offers features akin to the Limited trim, including full-LED lighting, auto-headlamps and wipers, a 10.1-inch touchscreen with wireless Android Auto/Apple Carplay, 6-speaker audio, powered driver’s seat, wireless charging, dual-zone climate control, part-digital instrumentation with a 7-inch screen, and a panoramic sunroof. Safety features include six airbags, hill-hold, TPMS, and ESC.
While the Jeep Compass remains a premium choice with prices ranging from Rs 23.99 lakh to Rs 29.99 lakh, these new variants aim to broaden its appeal. The unchanged or potentially improved driving experience serves as an added advantage, making the Compass more accessible to a wider audience.