Currently, Jeep India only has the Compass SUV that is locally made. But that will soon change. Today, Jeep India has announced a $250 million investment (Rs 1,830 crores) which will help the company expand local production. In addition, they have also confirmed the launch of a new 7 seater SUV, currently codenamed H6. We earlier thought that it will be based on the Compass but that is not the case. Find out below more about Jeep H6 7-seater expectations in India.
Launch and Competition
The long-awaited Jeep’s 7-seater SUV won’t be launched in the country in 2021. Codenamed Jeep H6, the new 7-seater SUV will be launched in the country in early 2022. The 3-row mid-size SUV will be positioned against the likes of the Ford Endeavour and the Toyota Fortuner. When launched it will be the flagship product from Jeep India.
The new SUV will be based on the FCA’s Small-Wide 4×4 platform, which also underpins the Compass and the Renegade. The platform will be tweaked to accommodate the larger body. Adding to it, the wheelbase of the SUV along with the length will be increased significantly to accommodate the third row. Jeep engineers will be working on making the platform stronger, and the updated platform will be used to develop the next generation Jeep Renegade.
Not Grand Compass!
Earlier, it was speculated that this seven-seater SUV will likely be called Grand Compass since a similar version of Compass is currently on sale in a few Latin American markets including Brazil. But that is not the case. Jeep will not use the Compass moniker for its upcoming seven-seat SUV and will likely carry its own branding and identity. It is set to be underpinned by the same monocoque architecture as its smaller sibling, although it is likely to be tweaked slightly so that the length of the SUV is also increased in order to accommodate a third row of passengers.
Not only length but this SUV is expected to offer a longer wheelbase which should translate into more interior space, especially in the middle row. It is also expected to feature prominent side body claddings on either side which the 5-seater SUV misses out. While the 7-seater SUV hasn’t officially showcased, its exterior design is expected to be in line with the facelifted Compass which made its debut in the 2020 Guangzhou International Motor Show in China last month.
Engine and Performance
The Jeep H6 7-seater SUV will use the 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine that powers the Compass. However, the engine will be tuned to produce around 200bhp and over 400Nm of torque. It will have a 9-speed automatic gearbox and 4×4 system. The India-spec model could also receive a turbocharged petrol engine with power output close to 180bhp.
Exterior and Interior
The 7-seat SUV is likely to get larger rear doors which would make for easier ingress and egress for rear passengers. Lots of changes are expected at its rear due to its extended rear overhang. At its interiors, it is expected to feature a more premium cabin since it will be positioned above Compass in Jeep’s lineup. This also means that all premium features offered in the 5-seater SUV are expected to be carried forward in the seven-seat SUV. This includes a large touchscreen infotainment system with FCA’s latest U5 Connect technology, cruise control, a panoramic sunroof, 18-inch alloy wheels and way more.
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