As the latest BS6 Phase 2 emissions norms came into effect this April, Jeep finally pulled its plug on the Compass petrol. From here on, the Compass will continue as a diesel-only SUV, leaving Jeep with no petrol model in the lower end of its portfolio.
As per report, the company had already started phasing out the petrol engine with the discontinuation of the manual variants back in December 2022, following which the petrol engine was only available with the DCT automatic gearbox. However, that too has now been taken out of showrooms.
Before getting taken off the shelves, the petrol powertrain used to comprise a 1.4-litre turbo unit and it used to be paired to a 6-speed manual (discontinued previously) or a 7-speed DCT transmission. The only available powerhouse is now the 172PS 2.0-litre diesel engine, which is geared using either a 6-speed manual or a 9-speed automatic.
An all-wheel drive system is available with its automatic variants.
As per an Autocar India report, Jeep had already stopped production of the 1.4-litre turbo-petrol unit globally due to stricter emissions norms abroad. This engine was available in markets like South America and Europe. A new and more efficient 1.3-litre turbo-petrol engine replaced the older unit in most of these markets when the facelifted Compass arrived in 2020.
Foreseeing the stricter BS6 Phase 2 emissions norms in India, Jeep should have ideally replaced the outgoing 1.4-litre engine with the new 1.3-litre unit here as well. However, this wasn't a viable move for Jeep, and that’s down to two primary reasons – local sales and export volumes, the report said.