We evaluate the Meridian to the opposite full-size 7-seat SUVs out there in India together with the Toyota Fortuner, MG Gloster and Skoda Kodiaq.
The India-spec seven-seat Jeep Meridian SUV, based mostly on the identical platform because the Compass, was lately revealed, together with its numerous technical specs. And so, we determined to pit it in opposition to the opposite full-size, seven-seat SUVs, together with the Toyota Fortuner, MG Gloster and Skoda Kodiaq. Right here is how Jeep’s new providing will evaluate to its rivals on paper.
Jeep Meridian vs rivals: dimensions
|2022 Jeep Meridian vs rivals: dimensions|
|Jeep Meridian||Toyota Fortuner||MG Gloster||Skoda Kodiaq|
|Boot-space||233-1760 litres||296 litres||343 litres||270-2005 litres|
As we are able to see from the desk above, on this firm, it’s the Gloster that’s the largest of the lot, as it’s 216mm longer, 67mm wider and 183mm taller than the Meridian. The Kodiaq, which is the one different monocoque SUV on this comparability, measures 70mm much less in size than the Meridian, although its width (23mm extra), top (3mm extra) and wheelbase (3mm much less) are comparable.
Curiously, regardless of its hyperlinks to the Compass, the Meridian’s dimensions are fairly an in depth match for the massive and burly, ladder-frame Fortuner, which is 26mm longer and 153mm taller, although additionally it is 4mm narrower and has a 49mm shorter wheelbase than the Jeep.
With all three rows in place, the Meridian has the smallest boot adopted by the Kodiaq and Fortuner, whereas the Gloster’s is the biggest by a substantial margin.
Jeep Meridian vs rivals: engine and gearbox
|2022 Jeep Meridian vs rivals: powertrains|
|Jeep Meridian||Toyota Fortuner||MG Gloster|
|Engine||2.0-litre, four cyls, turbocharged||2.8-litre, four cyls, turbocharged||2.0-litre, four cyls, turbocharged|
|Torque||350Nm (Est.)||420Nm (MT), 500Nm (AT)||480Nm|
|Gearbox||6-speed handbook, 9-speed torque converter auto||6-speed handbook, 6-speed torque converter auto||8-speed torque converter auto|
|Drive Structure||FWD/ AWD||RWD/ AWD||RWD/ AWD|
By way of diesel powertrains, the Gloster’s 2.0-litre twin-turbo mill making 218hp is probably the most highly effective SUV right here, although it’s the Fortuner outfitted with the automated gearbox that’s the torquiest SUV – placing out 500Nm (the handbook model makes 420Nm). Whereas the Meridian’s energy and torque figures are but to be formally introduced, the speculated 170hp and 350Nm are set to be the bottom among the many diesel SUVs. Nonetheless, we should additionally think about the truth that the monocoque Meridian can have a large weight benefit over the ladder body Gloster and Fortuner.
The Skoda Kodiaq is simply out there with a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbo-petrol engine that develops 190hp and 320Nm (which is 20hp extra and 30Nm lower than the diesel-powered Meridian). The Fortuner is the one different SUV right here with a petroleum engine choice – a 2.7-litre, turbocharged unit making 166hp and 245Nm. Nonetheless, our sources have indicated that the Meridian may get a 187hp, 1.3-litre turbocharged petrol engine additional down the road.
All these SUVs can be found with an all-wheel drive system and an computerized gearbox choice, with solely the Meridian and Fortuner additionally being supplied with a handbook gearbox as nicely.