Sales of the new Jeep Compass SUV have recently crossed the 10,000 mark in India and Jeep India managed to achieve this number in just four months. The Jeep Compass was launched in India in July 31, 2017 and is currently being manufactured at Fiat's Ranjangaon plant. The Compass is a not only the most affordable Jeep model sold in India but also the only one that is locally manufactured with about 65 per cent of localisation. In fact, FCA currently exports the Jeep Compass to all its right-hand-driver (RHD) markets from India like Japans and Australia. Since its launch, the company has exported 600 units of the Jeep Compass from India.
Offered in a total of three variants - Sport, Longitude and Limited, and available in both petrol and diesel engine options, the Jeep Compass offers a lot of options for the consumers. The Jeep Compass shares its underpinnings with the Renegade, while the styling has been heavily borrowed from the premium Grand Cherokee SUV. The butch styling and iconic Jeep design is very much place and the SUV is extremely likeable to all.
The SUV received over 10,000 bookings within a month of its launch, which means it took Jeep India just over two months of time to complete these orders. Commenting on the new sales milestone, Kevin Flynn, President and Managing Director, FCA India said, "The Jeep Compass is proving to be a popular SUV in a short span of time. We are indeed proud to cross the 10,000 Sales milestone and we are confident to continue with this great momentum in the New Year as well." FCA shipped 600 units, the first batch of the Ranjangaon-manufactured Jeep Compass to Japan and Australia in October this year and it is already on sale in Japan.
However, Jeep India have issued a major recall of the Compass over safety issues. The recall is due to the passenger front airbag in the Jeep Compass being affected by what Jeep has termed 'loose fasteners' that can affect the correct working of the airbag in case of a collision. In a statement put out earlier today, Jeep has said that the recall is expected to affect just a small number (about 1%) of the popular SUV globally. In India, Jeep has so far sold over 8,000 Compass SUVs in India but only 1200 units are being recalled and checked by the dealer.