Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) India today announced the official roll-out of the first locally-produced Jeep Compass SUV at the company’s joint venture plant in Ranjangaon, near Pune. India now becomes the fourth location to manufacture the Jeep Compass after China, Brazil and Mexico, and the first to make right-hand-drive (RHD) versions. The company said that the Ranjangaon plant will be the sole export facility for RHD markets across the globe, from where exports are scheduled to begin in the last quarter of CY 2017.
The Jeep Compass will be in full production in July, and vehicles are expected in dealerships during the third quarter of 2017, said FCA India. The Jeep Compass will be available in three variants - Sport, Longitude and Limited. In India, the Compass will be offered with two engine options – 1.4 l, Multi-Air petrol and 2 l, turbo diesel. The petrol engine will develop over 160 hp of power and 250 Nm of torque, and the diesel variant will put out power in excess of 170 hp, with 250 Nm torque. The Compass will be offered with options of a six-speed manual transmission and a seven-speed Dual Dry Clutch Technology (DDCT) transmission.
The company said the Ranjangaon plant, like other FCA facilities globally, is implementing World Class Manufacturing (WCM), which is a structured and rigorous production system that encompasses all plant processes. It focuses on eliminating waste, increasing productivity and improving quality and safety in a systematic and organised way. Plant employees are engaged to provide and implement suggestions on how to improve their jobs and their facilities, promoting a strong sense of ownership, FCA India noted.
Paul Alcala, Chief Operating Officer, FCA, said establishment of manufacturing operations and start of production of the Jeep Compass is an important milestone for the company’s journey in India. The Compass will be the first ‘Made in India’ Jeep vehicle, and FCA thanks the Government’s efforts to make India a desirable manufacturing destination for multi-national organisations, he added. “With the start of production and an investment of $ 280 mn in the Jeep Compass localisation, we are reaffirming our commitment to Indian consumers and our long-term presence in the country,” said Alcala.
To be part of the development of Jeep Compass and witness its roll-out for the first time brings a great sense of accomplishment and satisfaction, noted Gurpratap Boparai, CEO, FIAPL. He said that the build quality achieved in the development stage of the Compass is truly world-class and is an example of superior technological and manufacturing excellence. The company is proud that Indian customers can soon own a locally-made Jeep SUV that is built to the highest quality standards, added Boparai.