Jeep India is reportedly working on introducing the diesel automatic variant of the Jeep Compass in India. The Compass Diesel AT was expected to be launched in the country in January 2018, however, a new media report suggests that the launch of the diesel AT variant has been delayed further. The report further claims that delay in launch of the Compass diesel AT is a result of strong demand for the premium compact SUV in the domestic market. The company’s production lines are currently running at maximum strength and launching the diesel AT will further affect the market demand. Also Read: Jeep Compass Records 10,000 Unit Sales; Prices to be Increased by up to 4 Percent

The Jeep Compass is currently priced in India between INR 15.16 lakh to INR 21.37 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The SUV is available in both petrol and diesel engine options along with two transmission options. However, only the petrol variant is available with a 7-speed DDCT automatic transmission while a 6-speed manual gearbox is standard across both the engine options. That said, unlike the petrol AT, the diesel automatic will get a 9-speed ZF automatic gearbox. Read More: Hyundai Tucson VS Jeep Compass – Comparison: Price in India; Specs, Features, Dimensions

However, we feel that introducing the 9-speed ZF automatic transmission will result in higher costs. Jeep India has already sold over  10,000 units of the Jeep Compass premium compact SUV in India since its launch in July 2017. That said, Jeep India had recently revealed that prices of the Jeep Compass will be hiked in the range of INR 30,000-85,000 from January 2018. However, we are awaiting further communication from the company on pricing front. Read More: 2017 Jeep Compass: Price in India, Features, Dimensions, Variants, Specs, Interior, Image – All You Need to Know

Powering the Jeep Compass is a 1.4-litre MultiAir petrol unit that pumps out 160 BHP of power and 250 Nm of peak torque, mated to a 6-speed manual and 7-speed DDCT automatic transmission options. On the other hand, the 2.0-litre MultiJet II diesel engine produces 171 BHP of maximum power and 350 Nm of peak torque, mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. The Jeep Compass will rival the likes of Mahindra XUV500, Hyundai Tucson and the Tata Hexa.