The precise-hand drive Jeep Meridian will solely be manufactured in India.
Jeep has formally introduced that it’s going to start bookings for the all-new Meridian SUV from Might 1. The value announcement and launch is anticipated in the direction of the top of Might, following which deliveries will start from the third week of June. The Jeep Meridian, which will likely be diesel-only at launch, shares its underpinnings with the Compass, nevertheless, it has been closely reworked to accommodate a further row of seats.
- Jeep Meridian will likely be powered by sole 170hp diesel engine at launch
- Meridian will likely be made in India for each home gross sales and exports
- Shall be a seven-seater at launch; six-seater more likely to comply with later
Jeep Meridian: exterior and inside
In contrast to most three-row derivatives of five-seater SUVs, the Meridian is differentiated sufficient from the Compass to make it stand out. It’s not a mere stretch job because it measures 41mm wider and 48mm taller than the Compass, aside from being 364mm longer in beam, with the wheelbase prolonged by 146mm.
All physique panels on the Meridian are fully new, and total, the design has a resemblance with the brand new Jeep Grand Cherokee L bought abroad. The longer rear overhang and a extra upright tail part give away the Meridian to be packing in a 3rd row of seats.
Nonetheless, on the within, the dashboard format is fairly just like that of the Compass, though it adopts a brand new brown color scheme, in comparison with the Compass’ all-black inside. Furthermore, the leather-based upholstery within the Meridian uniquely includes a perforated and quilted sample.
Whereas actual variant particulars are but to be revealed, the Meridian will likely be generously outfitted in its top-spec guise. Most will likely be carried over from the Compass, together with the 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, 10.1-inch touchscreen with wi-fi Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, wi-fi charging, powered entrance seats, dual-zone local weather management, six airbags, traction management, ESC, hill-start and descent management, 360-degree parking digital camera and selectable drive modes. Moreover, the Meridian may also include a powered tail gate operate.
At launch, the Meridian will likely be provided solely as a seven-seater – with a bench seat for the center row – and get one-touch tumble down operate for entry to the third row. A six-seater variant with captain seats for the center row is anticipated to affix the line-up later.
Jeep Meridian: powertrain particulars
The Meridian will likely be powered by a sole 170hp, 350Nm, 2.0-litre four-cylinder Multijet turbo-diesel engine at launch, which is similar because the one powering the Compass. It can, nevertheless, be recalibrated to issue within the Meridian’s bigger dimensions and weight.
The engine will come mated to both a 6-speed guide or a 9-speed computerized transmission – guide variants will likely be FWD solely, whereas automatics may also get the choice of AWD. Later, as we’ve beforehand reported, a 1.3-litre turbo-petrol engine can be anticipated to affix the line-up.
Jeep Meridian: anticipated worth and rivals
Jeep claims to have achieved 82 p.c localisation with the Meridian, and as such, the costs are anticipated to vary between the Rs 35 lakh-38 lakh mark (ex-showroom, India). The precise-hand drive Meridian will likely be solely manufactured at Jeep’s Ranjangaon manufacturing facility close to Pune, which may also function the worldwide export hub for the SUV. The monocoque-bodied Meridian’s solely logical rival in India could be the Skoda Kodiaq, though for its worth and all-wheel drive capabilities, it would additionally see competitors from full-size ladder body SUVs such because the Toyota Fortuner and MG Gloster.