The Jeep Compass Trailhawk has crossed the Great Indian Desert for the first time. It travelled over 1200 kilometres off-road. It was done for one simple reason: to show off the Compass Trailhawk’s capabilities. The SUV traversed sand dunes, rugged terrain, and salt plains.
Abhimanyu Alsisar, the Prince of Alsisar, was at the wheel of the SUV. The journey took him 72 hours to accomplish. Compass Trailhawk was subjected to extreme weather conditions, with temperatures varying from over 40 degrees Fahrenheit during the day to near-freezing temperatures at night.
The Compass Trailhawk flew from Rajasthan’s Sri Ganganagar to Gujarat’s Kutch. Alissar, Bikaner, Dhani, Army dunes, Small Rann, Kala Dungar, Virgin Dunes, Barner, Jaisalmer, and the Rann of Kutch were among the cities visited. Sand dunes, abandoned routes, jagged cliffs, and other obstacles were overcome by the SUV.
“The Jeep Compass Trailhawk epitomises the Jeep brand’s basic DNA: an insatiable hunger to explore and go on adventurous experiences, and in this case, the SUV did not even traverse tarmac once,” stated Nipun J Mahajan, Head of Jeep Brand India. The Jeep Compass Trailhawk demonstrated and established itself as a true off-road SUV by overcoming the difficulties we threw at it. The Jeep Compass Trailhawk’s characteristics and capabilities will undoubtedly make it the most popular SUV among off-roaders and adventurers.”
The Compass Trailhawk is an off-road-oriented version of the Compass. It’s priced at Rs. 30.72 lakhs ex-showroom and includes certain off-road enhancements. New 17-inch alloy wheels with 225/60 R17 Falken Wildpeaks all-terrain tyres, a noticeable red tow hook in the back, a decal on the hood, and reworked front and rear bumpers to increase off-road angles are all available.
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The Compass Trailhawk’s ground clearance has been improved by 25 mm by raising the suspension. The engine’s air intake has also been adjusted to improve water wading capability. There are driving modes namely, Auto, Snow and Sand/Mud. Being a more off-road focused version, the Trailhawk also receives an additional Rock mode which we can see in the video. The 4×4 system, low-range transmission, Hill Hold Control, Hill Hold Assist, 4-wheel drive lock, and Dynamic Steering Torque are all available.
No changes have been made to the engine. So, it is still a 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine that puts out 170 Ps of max power and 350 Nm of peak torque. It is mated to a 9-speed torque converter automatic transmission only, there is no manual gearbox on offer.
When compared, the regular Compass is priced lower than the Trailhawk. The base variant starts from Rs. 17.79 lakhs ex-showroom while the top-end variant is priced at Rs. 29.34 lakhs ex-showroom. It gets the same diesel engine but you can get it with a 6-speed manual gearbox too. There is also a 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine available. It produces 163 hp of max power and 250 Nm of peak torque. It is offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.