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Jeep Renegade and 7-seat Compass planned for India.

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Jeep has been a popular brand all over the world. The company’s four-door crossover has been hit in many countries and the vehicle retains the front slat grille design, though in a totally redesigned manner. But the catch is the vehicle is recognizable for its front design. We spotted two of its upcoming vehicles in heavy camouflaged and bless the front design, we know for sure, that it was a Jeep Renegade and a 7-seat Jeep Compass. And it goes like this…

Jeep Renegade

The vehicle has been tested in India for the last 4 years and still has a faraway launch. With rivals like Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, and Nissan Kicks, the Jeep Renegade will be a B-SUV and will have 4000 mm of length.

The first-gen Jeep Renegade was introduced in April 2014 and will be skipped for the Indian markets. With FCA maintaining high secrecy with its next-gen Renegade, it is pretty obvious to have an unveiling for the same in the country.

The next-gen Renegade is part of the current mid-term plan of FCA for 2022. So it will be expected to hit the Indian markets, not before 2023.  The company may begin testing it internationally later this year and unveil it in 2022. India will get the Jeep sub-4-meter SUV(codename: Jeep 526) the same year, most likely in the first half. So, don’t expect the premium B-SUV to reach Indian showrooms before 2023.

For now, the company is looking forward to launching the Jeep Compass facelift. And it might be available by 2021. Which will be followed by Jeep 7-seat SUV, a few months after the compass.

Jeep 7-seat Compass

Expected to on-road in Indian traffic by 2021, the 7-seat SUV will be seeing rivalry with the likes of Mahindra Alturas G4, Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour. The new Compass will be based on the previous monocoque platform and will have an additional third row. The SUV will have an extra length as well. When spotted in Brazil doing test runs, despite the heavy camouflage, what’s easily identifiable were the 18-inch wheels identical to those on the Limited Plus variant of the Jeep Compass sold in India. The SUV will also have a longer rear door for easier movement to the third-row seats.

Powering this 7-seater Jeep will be a  2.0-litre diesel engine or more. The same engine produces a 73hp and 350Nm of torque in the standard Compass. It comes mated to either a 6-speed manual in 2- or 4-wheel drive and a 9-speed automatic with 4-wheel drive only. The 7-seat SUV will surely get a more tuned engine with figures toward the upper side. It could also get a 9-speed torque converter automatic with all-wheel drive could be standard fit.

Both Honda and Skoda have discontinued their 7-seater diesel-automatic offerings – the CR-V and Kodiaq, respectively – leaving the monocoque field barren for the Jeep.


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Rishabh Chugh
Rishabh Chugh
An automobile engineer by profession, writer by heart.

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