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Maha CM Fadnavis rolls out first ‘Made-in-India’ Jeep Compass from Pune plant

Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis will roll out the first ever ‘Made in India’ Jeep Compass on June 1.

autos Updated: Jun 01, 2017 18:02 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Press Trust of India
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First Jeep Compass rolls off the assembly line at FIAPL in Ranjangaon in the presence of Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday.(Fiat Chrysler Handout photo)

Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday drove out the first ‘Made-in-India’ Jeep Compass out of the Fiat Chrysler Automobile (FCA)’s Ranjangaon assembly line near Pune.

This puts India in the league of nations -- China, Brazil and Mexico -- who manufacture and export the Jeep Compass.

The Compass will be in full production in July and vehicles are expected to arrive in dealerships across India during the third quarter of 2017 in three variants: Sport, Longitude and Limited, the company said in a statement.

Jeep Compass factfile
  • 1.4-litre Multi-air Petrol engine | 160hp power | 250 Nm torque
  • 2.0-litre EcoDiesel engine?|?170 hp power | 350Nm torque
  • Six-speed manual and seven-speed automatic Dual Dry Clutch Technology (DDCT) gearboxes
  • Jeep Active Drive 4 X 4 system
  • 50+ safety features, comes with six airbags as standard
  • Production to start in July

Besides Fadnavis, FCA’s chief operating officer (APAC region non-China) Paul Alcala, FCA India president and MD Kevin Flynn; CEO of FIAPL Gurpratap Boparai, and Pune guardian minister Girish Bapat were present.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has invested around $280 million to make the Jeep Compass at the Ranjangaon plant, its joint venture with Tata Motors. This will be FCA’s sole manufacturing facility that will supply Jeep Compass SUVs to all international right-hand drive markets.

In India, the Compass will come with petrol and diesel engines mated to either manual or automatic gearboxes, in 50 combinations and value packages, claims the company.

The roll out comes around 23 months after CM Fadnavis along with a high level delegation met senior FCA officials in June 2015 at the company’s headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan in the United States. The delegation discussed FCA’s investment strategy in Maharashtra and reaffirmed the state government’s interest in strengthening ties with FCA, besides offering full support to the company’s manufacturing, said the statement.

First Published: Jun 01, 2017 17:59 IST