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The off-road-focussed version of the Compass, called the Jeep Compass Trailhawk, has been launched in India at Rs 26.8 lakh, ex-showroom. With this, FCA India has finally included a AT-equipped variant of the Compass Diesel.

The BS-VI-ready 2-litre diesel engine produces 167.7 bhp and 35.7 kgm and comes mated to a new 9-speed gearbox. The all-wheel-drive system is complemented by hill descent control, Jeep Active Drive 4×4 Low, and a new ‘Rock’ drive mode. Visual changes aside, the Compass Trailhawk gets an improved ability to wade water. New skid plates (made of 3-mm-thick steel) reduce the chances of damaging the underbody. And as the Trailhawk sits higher off the ground, the suspension has been retuned, too. Owing to the vehicle’s positioning, it comes fitted with all-terrain tyres. In addition, there’s a tow hook at the rear which can according to FCA India, is strong enough to pull out stuck vehicles up to 1.5 times the gross weight of the Compass.

It’s easy to spot a Trailhawk, with the presence of a matte/anti-glare decal on the bonnet. It also gets restyled bumpers, whereas other telltale signs include matte/grey slats in the grille, new Trailhawk badges, Compass badge in matte grey, a new Ruby Red tow hook, etc. On the inside, there’s a new 7-inch MID, red stitching, panoramic sunroof, and optional red touches on various interior bits.

President and MD for FCA India, Kevin Flynn said, “We are offering a lot more of the Jeep DNA in the Trailhawk which we belive Indian customers will appreciate and enjoy. Our Trail Rated All-Wheel Drive SUV has all the core ingredients that a Jeep SUV should have, and additionally delivers to the Indian customer’s aspirations of intelligent driving aids and equipment for both the urban and adventurous, prioritises the safety of occupants and makes you a part of a long lineage that the global Jeep community is proud of.”

Read more about the Jeep Compass Trailhawk in our First Drive Review by clicking here