After showcasing the
pre-production version of Jeep Compass in April 2017, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
(FCA) India’s first locally-produced sport-utility vehicle (SUV) officially
rolled off the assembly line today at the company’s Ranjangaon plant.
By the end of 2017, the Jeep brand’s portfolio in India will consist of three new models. The locally-produced Jeep Compass will join the iconic Jeep Wrangler and the world’s most awarded SUV, the Jeep Grand Cherokee.
Shipping for RHD markets outside India will start in the last quarter of 2017.
The start of production sees
India joining China, Brazil and Mexico as a manufacturing and export hub for
the Jeep Compass. Ranjangaon will be the sole export facility for
right-hand-drive (RHD) markets across the globe.
The Jeep Compass will be in
full production in July and vehicles are expected to arrive in dealerships
across India during the third quarter of 2017 in three variants: Sport,
Longitude and Limited.
Locally, the Compass will come
equipped with various combinations of diesel and petrol engines paired with
manual and automatic transmissions, offering customers over 50 trim
configurations and value packages.
Senior government officials
and company leaders attended the roll-off ceremony, including Devendra Fadnavis,
Chief Minister, Government of Maharashtra; Paul Alcala, FCA’s Chief Operating
Officer (COO) of the APAC region, non-China; Kevin Flynn, President and
Managing Director of FCA India; Gurpratap Boparai, CEO of FIAPL and Girish
Bapat, Guardian Minister of Pune.