Jeep Compass Trailhawk Exterior & Interior Spied Ahead Of Launch
Automatic transmission with diesel engine and more advanced 4x4 technology confirmed
The Jeep Compass Trailhawk variant with enhanced off-road capabilities is expected to launch in July 2019, and has been spotted testing on previous occasions in partial camouflage wrap. Now, the latest spy shots give us a look at the uncovered exterior and the interior. It also confirms that the Trailhawk will be the first automatic option with the diesel engine for the Compass, which is only available with a 6-speed manual as of now.
Its cosmetic differences are as expected, with the revised bumpers for a greater approach angle. The front bumper is a lot more distinct from the other Compass variants while the rear bumper gets the signature Ruby Red tow hook. The Trailhawk variant also gets a matte-black design element on the bonnet that serves a purpose too: blocking reflections of sunlight from hindering the driver’s vision while driving up steep inclines. It also gets the ‘Trail Rated’ badges on the front fenders and the ‘Trail Hawk’ badge on the rear end. While the regular Compass has a ground clearance of 178mm, the Trailhawk variant in other markets has a higher clearance of 225mm.
From the spy shots of the cabin, we can identify the automatic gearbox and an all-black interior but the details of the upholstery are not visible. Another distinct feature of the Compass Trailhawk can be seen on the central console tunnel that houses the 4x4 controls. It gets a more advanced version of the Selec Terrain system and thus gets an additional fifth mode labeled ‘Rock’. On regular 4x4 Jeep Compass variants, you’d find a button for 4WD lock. In the Trailhawk variant, this same button is divided into three for three functions: 4WD lock, 4WD low and hill descent control. It also gets a larger digital multi-information display in the instrument cluster.
Under the bonnet with the matte-black element, it’ll still get the same 2.0-litre diesel engine which will now be mated to a 9-speed automatic instead of the 6-speed manual. This engine has an output of 173PS of power and 350Nm of torque. The current top-spec Limited Plus variant of the Compass is priced at Rs 23.11 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) and this new top-spec Trailhawk variant is likely to command a premium of around Rs 2 lakh over that.