Brand Content: How the Jeep Compass Trailhawk conquered the great Indian desert

Published on March 22, 2022 3:57:00 PM

1,280 km of varying sand, extreme temperatures and dust storms. This is the story of an epic drive through a subtropical desert

When it comes to challenges, this one was right up there. Earlier this month, the Jeep Compass Trailhawk captured the vast Indian desert and won. Thus, it became India’s first production SUV to cross the vast Indian desert in one go without hitting any asphalt.

The mission

Drought, sharp and desolate were adjectives that came to mind at the first glimpse of the forbidding desert landscape that stood between the Trailhawk and its record-breaking journey. The route involved 1,280 kilometers of scary, hard terrain from Alsisar, Rajasthan, to Kutch, Gujarat. The mission? To showcase the ruggedness and capability of the Jeep Compass Trailhawks, as it navigated the difficult terrain of the desert – without touching the asphalt – and endured extreme climatic conditions.

Abhimanyu Alsisar, Prince of Alsisar, a small town near Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan, guided the Trailhawk and led it through the 72-hour journey. “I was born in the desert and I am a son of this earth. My family has been here since 1757 and I know this country as my own body. My contact with Jeep is really special, because I have driven jeeps all my life. So this expedition was a dream come true for me, says Alsisar.

The Jeep Compass Trailhawk started its expedition and traveled through Alsis, Bikaner, Dhani, Army Dunes, Little Rann, Kala Dungar, Virgin Dunes, Barmer, Jaisalmer and Rann of Kutch. It was not easy, of course. But pushing the boundaries is something the Jeep brand is no stranger to, and the new Compass Trailhawk continues to live up to its claim.

Jeep Compass Trailhawk: Go anywhere, do anything

For three days, the Trailhawk took on all the challenges the route threw at it: these involved unidentified trails, extreme weather conditions and some of the most brutal terrain the Great Indian Desert had to offer. Temperatures would reach a peak of 40 ° C during the day and drop to almost minus degrees at night. But the Compass Trailhawk survived without effort, thanks to its unique features as the first in the “Rock Mode” (AWD) segment. With low speeds and evenly distributed torque, the mode allows more spin to help take over everything in its path.

Trailhawks several other distinctive features, designed for optimal off-road performance, played a crucial role in ensuring that the vehicle conquered the vast Indian desert without sweating. The bumpers on the Compass Trailhawk differ from those on the standard Jeep Compass, which enables superior approach and departure angles. With a turning radius of 5.7 m, the SUV is equipped with 225 / 65R17 all-season tires that provide better grip on a variety of terrain, including sand, mud, snow and even rocks.

Despite the stressful conditions, dust and extreme temperatures, Abhimanyu Alsisar enjoyed this trip, thanks to the unrivaled comfort and convenience offered by the off-road vehicle. Compass Trailhawks interiors include premium black leather and a range of goodies that keep you cozy and comfortable whether you are driving during rush hour or, in this case, crossing a desert. The SUV’s capacity meant that Alsisar never doubted how the expedition would go. “Crossing the great Indian desert is no joke. It’s unpredictable and you can easily get lost. But the compass made the journey very comfortable. Its Selec-Terrain steering wheel provided the best off – road capability in the class with the option of four driving modes – Auto, Snow, Sand, Mud and Rock who helped tackle the terrain effortlessly, ”added Abhimanyu Alsisar.

“The most fascinating aspect of this expedition was to see the Jeep Compass Trailhawk navigate through all the weather, environmental obstacles and overcome large and huge dunes. The Jeep Compass Trailhawk is the newest member of the Jeep family, and we are very proud of that,” he said. Roland Bouchara, CEO and CEO of Stellantis India.

Trail Rated: superiority in off-road capabilities

What makes the Trailhawk really special is that it has the “Trail Rated” brand – a brand that is only reserved for the most off-road-capable models in the Jeep series. And before they deserve a “Trail Rated” brand, each Jeep model is pushed to the limits to test its performance in five key areas – traction, water lining, maneuverability, articulation and ground clearance. Only when a Jeep model has passed all the tests with flying colors can it claim to be among the most capable production terrain models on the market.

In response to the exciting adventure with the Trailhawk across the vast Indian desert, Nipun J Mahajan, Head of Jeep Brand India, said, “The Compass Trailhawk represents the Jeep brand’s core DNA: an insatiable thirst for exploring and embarking on exciting adventures and in In this case, the SUV did not cross the asphalt even once.With the challenges we faced in the Jeep Compass Trailhawk, it strengthened itself as a convinced off-road SUV.The Jeep Compass Trailhawk is a versatile “Trail Rated” variant of the Compass equals capable of road and terrain adventures. “

Jeep has a long history of conquering deserts, dating back to the days of the Desert Rats – the 7th Armored Division of the British Army, which used jeeps in its heroic campaigns in the African desert during World War II, and the Compass Trailhawk carries on the legacy admirably.

In many ways, the conquest of the vast Indian desert by the new Compass Trailhawk was yet another reminder of Jeep’s adventurous genes. This is the brand that invented the SUV as early as the 1940s, and which has since been constantly renewed and pushed to the limit of off-road driving. It has come to embody the very essence of freedom, the spirit of adventure and the ability to overcome all obstacles.

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