Bharat Stage VI ready Jeep Compass Trailhawk may not look very different from
the Jeep Compass variants already available in India. But take a closer look and you will find that
it’s actually cut out for some great off roading. For one it is trail rated, a
methodology initially established by the Nevada Automotive Test Center and Jeep
Engineering to objectively measure off-road performance for all Jeep vehicles.
Trail rated Jeep vehicles are like commandos among the lot. Trail rated
vehicles need to come winners in tests like traction, water fording,
maneuverability, articulation and ground clearance.
1956cc Multijet II
170 hp@3750rpm+/- 50 rpm
350Nm@ 1750-2500 rpm
JEEP COMPASS TRAILHAWK EXTERIORS
external features of this vehicle have been fine tuned with a major objective
of off roading. If you look at the bottom of the bumper, unlike the existing
Jeep Compass, here the design is more curved inwards so as to get an approach
angle of 26.5 deg and since the ground clearance has been increased marginally
by 30mm, the breakover angle of 21.2 degrees ensures that obstacles do not come
in contact with the underbody while driving over tough tracks.
at the rear too, the bottom of the bumper area has been redesigned to curve inwards,
which ensures a departure angle of 31.6 degrees. All this is ideal for off
roading or else your front and rear bumpers would simply crash against
obstacles. This is how the overall ground clearance has been taken care of.
Trailhawk also comes with a tow hook at the rear that can carry tug 1.5 times
the weight of the vehicle.
Jeep Compass TrailHawk gets heavy duty 17 inches five spoke alloy wheels.
Coming to the bonnet, you find a huge black decal on it. This signature black
hood decal ensures that while off roading you don’t get the sun rays reflecting
off the bonnet and blinding you while you are making those sharp climbs or
off roading, the underbody has been amply protected with a lot of skid plates. These
protect the cooling module, engine and transmission oil pans, front suspension,
fuel tank and the urea tank. Electrical connections and body openings are
sealed and the air intake snorkel is a tad higher at 840mm from the ground. The
existing Jeep Compass has it at 727mm. The Jeep Compass Trailhawk has a water depth
capability of 483mm. Even if the water
splashes on to the front while water
fording, the underbody is protected, the wires are protected and since the
front seven slates that make up the grille are sealed, the snorkel too is
JEEP COMPASS TRAILHAWK INTERIORS
interiors of the new Jeep Compass Trailhawk are quite similar to the Jeep
Compass Limited Plus, except for two things. One is the all black interiors in
the cabin with striking red finishes. It looks kind of uber. On the steering wheel, the right side space
now has buttons for cruise control and speed limitor. Features like dual zone
climate control, a 7 inches wide instrument cluster display and an engine start
stop system, a voice and touch interaction screen, smart phone integration,
integrated voice command with Bluetooth, reverse parking camera and sensors,
electronic parking brake and not to miss the dual pane panoramic sunroof are
bound to be exciting for customers.
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.
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