THE JEEP COMPASS HAS BEEN THE American brand’s best-selling product in the Indian market since its launch in 2017. With SUVs steadily gaining popularity, the Compass’ winning combination of rugged looks, upmarket interior, and an attractive price tag has won many hearts over the last three years. however, like most modern SUVs, the Compass has evolved into a comfortable soft-roader — ideal for daily use, whether in the city or out on the highway — and remains completely unbothered by the worst potholes and speed-breakers.
The standard two-wheel-drive Compass can easily take on dirt and gravel roads, and while the 4x4 variant ensures that you won’t find yourself stuck in the mud, the SUV still doesn’t imbibe Jeep’s legendary go-anywhere off-road capabilities. and that is why Jeep India went ahead and launched the Compass trailhawk. this is an SUV that can head off the beaten path as you explore the countryside over the weekends, clamber over rocks, wade through streams, and get you out of the stickiest of situations while retaining impeccable road manners for the daily drive to work. I did get to spend some time with the trailhawk and experience its all-round capabilities at the launch last year, and Jeep recently loaned us one for a few days to get to know the SUV better.
Sporting similar dimensions and design elements as the standard Compass, the easiest way to identify the trailhawk is by the matte black decal on the bonnet. Jeep claim its purpose is to keep the windscreen glare-free, which it does to an extent, but it also serves to help the Compass flagship stand out from the rest of the line-up. the iconic seven-slot grille is also blacked-out, while the new front and rear bumpers allow for more aggressive approach and departure angles — just the start of this SUV's boosted capabilities. While the standard 4x4 Compass is capable of 16.1 degrees and 30.3 degrees before bumpers start grounding out, the new bumpers on the Trailhawk allow for a 26.5-degree approach and 31.6-degree departure angles. Ground clearance has also been upped from 175 millimeters to a generous 205 mm, allowing for a 21.2-degree break-over angle.
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