Jeep Com­pass Lim­ited Plus

Jeep have now in­tro­duced a new top vari­ant, Lim­ited Plus, for their pop­u­lar crossover SUV. Here’s what’s new in the lat­est ad­di­tion of the Com­pass

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We take the lat­est vari­ant of the baby Jeep for a spin

T he Jeep brand has been around for ages with the dis­cern­ing own­ers be­ing promised free­dom, ad­ven­ture, and pas­sion by the iconic man­u­fac­tur­ers. Their his­tory is rich in sev­eral iconic mod­els such as the orig­i­nal Willys MB that kick­started the SUV genre. To­day there are sev­eral eye-catch­ing mod­els in their port­fo­lio, such as the Wran­gler and Grand Chero­kee, which em­body the com­pany’s core values.

Jeep’s In­dian story be­gan with the launch of their fes­tooned ve­hi­cles a few years ago, but the brand re­ally kicked into gear when they in­tro­duced their crossover SUV, the Com­pass, into the mar­ket.

The Com­pass, launched in 2017, has of­fered cus­tomers a gate­way into the fa­mous Jeep brand ever since it first ap­peared in show­rooms. The com­pe­ti­tion have no­ticed and made con­sid­er­able ef­forts to eat into the piece of the pie the Com­pass has carved out for it­self. More fea­tures avail­able in mod­els com­ing in at lower points in the price lad­der have prompted Jeep to take some counter-mea­sures to help main­tain their suc­cess. En­ter the new Lim­ited Plus vari­ant. This new vari­ant boasts of no changes in the de­sign of the ve­hi­cle. Thus, that pro­gres­sive and well-re­ceived de­sign has been re­tained. The seven-slot grille which pays homage to their his­tory, a com­mon fea­ture in all Jeep ve­hi­cles, is present and the curv­ing lines, slop­ing roofline, and flared whee­larches add up to give the Com­pass quite an at­trac­tive pres­ence on the move. The only change in the ex­te­rior are the new 18-inch al­loy wheels and a new “Lim­ited Plus” badge on the boot.

The ma­jor changes in the new Lim­ited Plus Com­pass lie in­side, start­ing with the pow­ered driver’s seat with a mem­ory func­tion. The ad­di­tion of auto bi-xenon HID head­lamps, rain-sens­ing wipers, and the elec­trochromic auto-dim­ming in­side rear-view mir­ror that elim­i­nates glare from ve­hi­cles be­hind add to the lux­ury quo­tient of the car. A larger 8.4-inch in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem re­places the pre­vi­ous 7.0-inch unit and comes with An­droid Auto and Ap­ple CarPlay. An­other no­table ad­di­tion is the dual-pane panoramic

sun­roof which nearly stretches across the full length of the roof of this car, al­low­ing more light to en­ter the cabin to give it a more airy feel than be­fore.

Safety on the Com­pass has also been taken up a notch. The new vari­ant comes with ad­di­tional side- and cur­tain airbags to give the oc­cu­pants a to­tal of six airbags as com­pared to the dual-front airbags in the lower vari­ants.

The new Lim­ited Plus vari­ants are priced around Rs 1 lakh higher than the Lim­ited (O) vari­ants. We drove the Com­pass diesel in the 4x4 vari­ant, priced at Rs 22.85 lakh (ex-show­room). Me­chan­i­cally, the Com­pass Lim­ited Plus re­mains un­changed with the 1.4-litre Mul­tiAir turbo-petrol power mill de­vel­op­ing 162 PS and 250 Nm or the al­ter­na­tive 2.0-litre Mul­tiJet II four-cylin­der diesel mo­tor de­vel­op­ing 173 PS and 350 Nm. Power in the petrol vari­ant is sent through a seven-speed dual-dry clutch trans­mis­sion (DDCT), there be­ing no op­tion of a Lim­ited Plus petrol man­ual vari­ant. The diesel mo­tor is paired to a six-speed man­ual gear­box in either 4x4 or 4x2 con­fig­u­ra­tions. The en­gine is still quite au­di­ble and could do with some re­fine­ment. It also has some low-end turbo-lag which re­quires con­stant change of the cogs to re­ally get the car in its stride to make those quick city over­take ma­noeu­vres.

While the Com­pass has dif­fi­cul­ties in the usual stop-go city traf­fic, it is most com­fort­able nav­i­gat­ing its way on the open high­ways and ex­plor­ing new ter­rain, tak­ing on ad­ven­tures big and small in its stride, and of­fer­ing the free­dom of open roads with­out com­pro­mis­ing on com­fort. In essence, the Com­pass al­lows its driv­ers to ex­pe­ri­ence the true Jeep way of life.

Right) The badge hints at this vari­ant’s ex­clu­siv­ity (

Gen­er­ous sun­roof bright­ens up the cabin

Right) ( 18-inch al­loys are a fresh de­sign for this top-spec model

Right) ( Auto head­lamps are only avail­able in the Lim­ited Plus

Right) ( 8.4-inch touch in­fo­tain­ment comes equipped with smart­phone con­nec­tiv­ity

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