A journey into hinterland
Motown India|October 2020
DRIVING A JEEP COMPASS LIMITED PLUS
P. Tharyan


Your fingers ache to hit those keyboards day in and day out. The job of a journalist is to play with words, and it’s not one or two, but hundreds of thousands. The reports never cease, the words come out flying as the fingers go ballistic on the keyboard. But then like all mortals, we too need our break, we too need our freedom, we too need to satiate our desire to breathe fresh air. How long can you have the mask around your mouth and nose and pretend to be enjoying the world?

And then in a flash, I was off. I found a companion in the trusted 4x4 Jeep Compass Limited Plus edition. Jeep is no ordinary brand; it encapsulates the best in driving and comfort. Come rough or smooth, you can trust its firm footing. OffI went leaving the city behind, overtaking traffic and the city rush into the hinterland. The 2.0-litre BS-VI complaint turbo-diesel engine worked perfectly, generating 173 HP and 350 Nm of torque as it sped towards its destination. The nine-speed automatic transmission slotted itself into the right gears as we moved. Everything was automatic about it and I did not have to fret about changing gears.

There is a lot the Jeep Compass has to offer like the exciting dual-pane panoramic sunroof, the 8.4 inches touchscreen display, automatic headlamps and rain-sensing wipers, 8-Way power-adjustable driver’s seat, 18 inches alloy wheels, electrochromic auto-dimming inside rearview mirror, cruise control, leather-wrapped steering wheel, the more than adequate storage space and the six-speaker music system. The feature list is endless.

It was almost like a dream come true. I was getting closer to the gentle world of bovines, I was getting closer to green pastures and narrow roads that leads to the pristine hinterland of Saharanpur in the state of Uttar Pradesh in North India.

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