The first Jeep Compass to be produced locally at Fiat Chrysler’s Ranjangaon plant has rolled off the assembly line.
The Indian plant will be the sole producer of the newly introduced Compass for right-hand drive markets across the globe. Senior Indian government officials attended the roll-off ceremony for the vehicles, including Honourable Chief Minister Shri Devendra Fadnavis and Shri Girish Bapat, the Guardian Minister of Pune.
“The establishment of manufacturing operations and start of production of the Jeep Compass is an important milestone for our journey in India,” said FCA’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the APAC region, Paul Alcala. “The Compass will be the first ‘Made in India’ Jeep vehicle, and we are appreciative of the Government’s efforts to make India a desirable manufacturing destination for multi-national organizations, such as ours. With the start of production and an investment of US$280 million in the Jeep Compass localization, we are reaffirming our commitment to Indian consumers and our long-term presence in the country.”
The Compass is sold and produced globally. FCA’s Mexico plant is responsible for building Compass models for the North American market, while a plant in Brazil takes care of production for South America. The compact crossover is also made in China for local sale.
FCA says Compass production will be in full swing in India by July, with vehicles expected to arrive an Indian dealerships in the third-quarter of this year. The crossover, which will be available in Sport, Longitude and Limited trim levels in India with both gasoline and diesel engines, the Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Grand Cherokee in Jeep India’s lineup.