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The Jeep Compass has become the most-awarded vehicle of 2017-2018 after bagging 26 awards. Jeep seems to be on a streak of achievements, as this comes short on the heels of the Compass touching a production milestone of 25,000 units.
These milestones show that the Compass has been a great success for Jeep in India. Launched in India on July 31, 2017, the Compass is Jeep's first product for the Indian market. It was also the first product to roll out of Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles India's joint venture facility in Ranjangaon, Maharashtra.
The compass is built in India with a localisation of 65 percent. The made-in-India SUV is also exported to international right-hand-drive markets, and of the 25,000 units produced, 5,000 vehicles have been exported. Key export markets have been Australia, Japan and the United Kingdom.
The 26 awards bestowed upon the Jeep compass have been given by various Indian print, broadcast and online automotive journalism organisations. It includes Seven Car of The Year awards, 15 SUV of the year awards and four other awards including technology.
The President and MD of Fiat Chrysler Automotive India was quoted as saying, "We are incredibly proud to have won so many prestigious awards for the all-new Jeep Compass, within seven months of its market launch."
The Jeep Compass has been designed attractively and features typical Jeep highlights such as the seven-slat grille and butch looks. It is very obvious that inspiration for the design has been taken from the Jeep Grand Cherokee.
Features like the projector headlamps with LED DRLs, 16-inch alloy wheels and LED tail lamps make the SUV look great.
The interiors get a dual-tone finish, with the seats and roof finished in ski-grey and the dashboard finished in Black. Piano Black surrounds for the air-conditioning vents and infotainment system give the interior a premium touch.
The Jeep Compass is available in the Indian market with two engine options across three trims - Sport, Longitude and Limited. A 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engine with a power output of 171bhp and a torque output of 350Nm powers the diesel variants.
The petrol variants are powered by a 1.4-litre turbo-petrol unit with a power output of 160bhp and a torque output of 250Nm. A 6-speed manual gearbox does transmission duties on the diesel variant while a 7-speed DDCT automatic gearbox drives the petrol variants. Jeep's Selec-Terrain all-wheel-drive system is available as an option on the diesel variants.
It also features Passive entry and keyless go, engine start/stop button, reverse park assist sensors, dual-zone climate control, electronic parking brake, etc.
The Jeep Compass does not just look awesome and is not just well-equipped, but the number of awards it has received over a span of few months shows what a good package it is overall.
For a premium car like the compass to reach a production milestone of 25,000 units in just seven months is in itself a big deal. The SUV receiving the title of the most awarded car in India this year within the same period makes the deal sweeter for the American car manufacturer.