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LAUNCH PAD | JEEP MAKES IT’S WAY TO NEPAL

The Nepalese automotive industry has gone through quite the boom in recent years with a lot of new brands and vehicles entering the market. This year however, the government has decided to increase the taxes by quite a bit which is expected to drastically effect the automotive sector. This however doesn’t seem to intimidate an American Automotive brand in particular. The pioneer of American SUVs “JEEP “ is all set to enter the Nepali market with its very successful product the Jeep Compass. The American manufacturer is very well known internationally for producing very capable off-road machines. It also has one of the fastest SUV currently available in the automotive market the Grand Cherokee Track Hawk.

The new Compass has a lot of design resemblance from its elder sibling, so much that some people refer to it as the smaller Grand Cherokee. The signature seven slot grille has been carried over to the Compass as well. The headlamps are sleek and house a LED daytime running lamps in them. The fog lamp has been incorporated into the bumper and has a dual tone effect. The SUV profile is carried very well with big wheel arches under which the 18inch allow wheels have been fitted. The bold design has been brought over to Jeeps smallest offering, but the smallest offering is not meant to be under looked. It comes with a respectable 1.4L MultiAir petrol engine producing 162 PS and 250Nm of torque and a 2.0 L MultiJet diesel engine producing 173PS and 350Nm of torque. The petrol engine can be had with a six speed manual gearbox or a seven speed DCT Automatic Gearbox. While the diesel engine will only be available with the six speed manual, though in the future the nine speed automatic gearbox will be offered too. However the petrol variant will only be offered in a 4×2 setup while the diesel will get the option of both the 4×2 and the 4×4 option.

The interior of the Compass looks upmarket with a good amount of room for the driver and the passengers. It offers 480 liters of cargo space and if that is not enough then you fold the rear seats to unlock more cargo space. The capacity goes up to 770 liters with the seats down which is very handy. The Compass has a lot to prove since it will be competing against vehicles that have been around for some time and have gained a loyal customer base. The main competition will come from vehicles like the Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage, MG GS, Toyota Rav4, Nissan Xtrail, Honda CR-V, XUV500, etc. with such tough competition it has a lot to prove. The compass will be available in three trims, Sport, Longitude and Limited.

 

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