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
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