A more efficient version of the 2.0-liter diesel engine currently used on the five-seat Compass will be supplied to the new Jeep 7-seat SUV, which is currently being built.
- New Jeep SUV will get a more premium cabin compared to the Compass
- It will be notably longer than the standard Compass
- Will be squarely aimed at the MG Gloster, Toyota Fortuner, Mahindra Alturas and the Ford Endeavor
Jeep seven-seat SUV platform
The 7-seat Jeep SUV will have the same Compass 2.0-litre, four-cylinder, Multijet turbo-diesel engine under its hood, but it will be modified to produce around 200hp.
The Multijet engine is 173hp in the Jeep Compass and 170hp in the MG Hector and the latest BS6 Tata Harrier in its current configuration (in the earlier BS4 Tata Harrier it only produced 140hp). Given its higher price point, the engine is supposed to come paired with the 9-speed torque converter automatic gearbox as standard.
It should be remembered that GM’s version of the same engine generates 210hp worldwide and can be found under the hood of some of its vehicles, such as the Opel Insignia sedan.
Jeep seven-seat SUV chassis
While the seven-seat variant would share the monocoque platform of the Compass, to suit the third row of seats, it will be much longer in length. It won’t be just the extremities, but the wheelbase too will increase in length. This should also result in improved cabin space, especially in the middle row.
Jeep seven-seat SUV design
Although the concept was not officially seen, we saw prototypes in Brazil for this SUV test. The front-end of the upcoming seven-seat SUV will remain relatively identical to the Compass facelift, from what we can say. But to better distinguish the offers, the new edition will get some aesthetic tweaks. In order to support ingress-egress, the rear doors are also planned to get longer, although the rear styling will be somewhat different relative to the five-seater and the rear overhang will also be large.
Jeep seven-seat SUV features
Again no specifications of this D-segment SUV have been officially released by Jeep, though it is supposed to be very well fitted. The list of features will be longer than those found on the top-spec Compass, and goodies such as the panoramic sunroof, full-LED car headlamps, 18-inch wheels, cruise control, and ESP, to name a few, can be anticipated.
Jeep seven-seat SUV rivals
The 7-seat Jeep SUV will clash with the likes of the newly introduced MG Gloster, the Toyota Fortuner, Mahindra Alturas and the Ford Endeavor after its arrival in India sometime in late 2021.