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First Indian Compass built

by David Zatz on

FCA’s joint-venture plant in India, “Fiat India Automobiles Private Limited (FIAPL),” has built its first official Jeep Compass for sale.

FCA is using India, China, Brazil, and Mexico to make the Jeep Compass; all right-hand-drive Compasses will be made in Ranjangaon, India.

first Indian Compass

The Compass is the first Indian-made Jeep in many years, since Willys licensed Mahindra & Mahindra to build their vehicles. Today, Mahindra has a full line of off-road and on-road vehicles which resemble American Jeep Wranglers from the outside.

Localizing the Compass cost US$280 million. The head of FIAPL said, Gurpratap Boparai, said, “We are immensely proud that Indian customers can soon own a locally-made Jeep SUV that is built to the highest quality standards.”

The Jeep Compass will be in full production in July, with dealerships seeing the Sport, Longitude, and Limited in the third quarter of 2017. It will have both Fiat diesel and gasoline engines with manual and automatic transmissions, and a dizzying variety of packages and options.  The Jeep Wrangler and Grand Cherokee are already exported to India; and exports of the Compass from India to other right-hand-drive countries is to start in the final quarter of this year.

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