JEEP COMPASS TRAILHAWK PERFORMANCE
true character of the Jeep Compass Trailhawk was tested when we started on the
huge off road track built on the hills of Lonavala beyond Pune in Maharashtra.
The 2 litre engine, the 9 speed automatic transmission along with the 4 wheel drive Low feature and
a Rock mode got my adrenalin rushing. We depressed the 4WD L button and turned
the rotary knob to the Rock mode. The
traction control came into play. It is
this traction that controls the forward motion on snow, sand, mud and rocks.
The crawl ratio is a key parameter that determines the Trailhawk traction character. The ratio is an amazing
the Jeep Active Drive Low controls torque distribution while monitoring the
engine, transmission and electronic stability control system. It uses every
ounce of its muscles to help you crawl uphill and over large rocks and
boulders. There was no holding back the
TrailHawk in the rocky tracks of Lonavala.
track to test its articulation looked all dangerous initially. When one or more
wheels are elevated , the 4x4 system allows the other wheels maintain ground
contact longer to move steadily ahead. The Ramp Travel Index of this vehicle is
321. The index is a way of measuring a vehicle's ability to flex its
suspension, a property also known as axle articulation. The Tralhawk comes with
McPherson strut with lower control arm in front and at the rear it has multi
link suspension with strut assembly.
suspension of the Trailhawk is not just great when off roading. On roads, the
vehicle behaves like a gentleman just out of Harvard. Features like the
frequency sensitive damping or FSD have been fine tuned for Indian road
conditions while hydraulic rebound stopper or HRS helps avoid suspension noise
on potholes and speed breakers. The steering, I felt was tuned perfectly for
both off and on the roads.
descent control, ABS with electronic brake distribution, electronic stability
control, electronic roll mitigation, hill start assist, hill hold assist and
disc brakes on all four wheels, make the vehicle complete
roads when you step on the accelerator you realise that the gears quickly shift
to the higher ones putting the vehicle on overdrive. The initial gears are the
one with the low gear ratio which is so critical in all off road conditions. Yes,
during the long drives on the road, I wished the vehicle had paddle shifters,
but then realising the DNA of this vehicle, it was like asking for candies in a
off roading was fun, the icing on the cake was sliding down the track 200 metres
without engaging the hill descent control button. We simply slammed the brakes
and let the ABS and other electronic
functions kick in. Boy, that was fun!
icing on the cake is that this new Trailhawk has a BS VI engine that is so
technologically constructed that it can run even on BS IV fuel. Now, that’s
quite a good thing. That means better control of the NOx and other dangerous
emissions thanks to the diesel particulate filter and selective catalytic
reduction technology with urea injection. Before I conclude, I have only one
apprehension. The Trailhawk is definitely a very capable off roader. But how
many people are out there in the country who will buy such a vehicle for some
extreme off roading at a price which is much higher than a Jeep Compass Limited
Plus? Now that is a million dollar question.