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Jeep strains up three SUV launches for India for 2022 | Autocar India

Written by Rashmi

Printed On Jan 11, 2022 08:00:00 AM

Jeep Compass Trailhawk, Meridian and Grand Cherokee will come to India this yr.

Jeep is ready to consolidate its India line-up with the introduction of two all-new SUVs available in the market, together with the return of the Trailhawk variant of the Jeep Compass. The Trailhawk is anticipated to be the primary of the brand new Jeeps to launch in India this yr, with the much-awaited Meridian and new Grand Cherokee set to comply with.

  • Compass Trailhawk to reach by February
  • Grand Cherokee to return as a domestically assembled SUV
  • Three-row Meridian due round June 2022

Jeep Compass Trailhawk launch by February 2022

Whereas the usual Compass obtained a facelift in January final yr, Jeep didn’t deliver the up to date Trailhawk to the Indian market, thus discontinuing the variant. Now, a yr later, the Trailhawk is ready to rejoin the line-up, although it’s solely anticipated to be manufactured in restricted numbers.

As with the pre-facelift mannequin, the Trailhawk might pack in some extra off-road-focused {hardware} together with a distinct four-wheel-drive system to the usual Compass. Anticipate additional differentiation to return by way of beauty components similar to variant-unique bumpers, accents and alloy wheel designs.

As earlier than, the Trailhawk is more likely to sit atop the Compass line-up and include all of the bells and whistles of the fully-loaded Compass. The Trailhawk is anticipated to launch by February and, as earlier than, it is going to be a diesel-only variant.

Jeep Meridian anticipated by early June

Subsequent so as is anticipated to be the a lot awaited Meridian that made its international debut because the Jeep Commander final yr. Primarily based on the Compass’ underpinnings, the Meridian is a bigger SUV than its sibling, being stretched in each, general size and wheelbase to accommodate a 3rd row of seats. By way of general design, the Meridian will share sure points with the Compass, however as seen on the Commander, there are many distinctive design particulars to assist set the 2 SUVs aside.

Inside, the Meridian’s cabin will share the dashboard with the Compass, with the key variations anticipated to return right down to the third row of seats, trim inserts and fabric.

Given its bigger measurement, the Meridian will even get a extra highly effective diesel engine. The 170hp, 2.0-litre  diesel from the Compass will likely be bumped as much as develop 200hp and will characteristic mild-hybrid know-how, which ought to additional support in gasoline economic system. The unit is anticipated to return solely with a 9-speed computerized gearbox, with energy despatched to all 4 wheels.

The Meridian is anticipated to enter manufacturing within the coming months, with a launch doubtless round June this yr. Costs are more likely to begin across the Rs 35 lakh mark.

Jeep Grand Cherokee to be domestically assembled

The Grand Cherokee was one in every of Jeep’s inaugural merchandise in India, alongside the Wrangler. Now, the identify plate is ready to return with the all-new mannequin that made its international debut final yr. Out there in some international markets in two sizes – Grand Cherokee and the bigger three-row Grand Cherokee L – we would solely get the usual 5-seater SUV, although the larger information is that the mannequin is anticipated to be domestically assembled in India. The earlier Grand Cherokee was a CBU import.

The brand new Grand Cherokee options an evolutionary design over the outgoing mannequin, with design particulars borrowed from Jeep’s Grand Wagoneer. Inside, the cabin too is all new, with a deal with digital tech. The dashboard is dominated by as many as three digital screens, together with a central touchscreen, instrument cluster and a devoted co-driver unit.

Coming to the engine line-up, the worldwide mannequin is offered with a spread of petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid engine choices. The India-spec Grand Cherokee is anticipated to be powered by a 290hp, 3.6-litre petrol V6 as normal, with the 4xe plug-in hybrid variant additionally more likely to develop into accessible.

The brand new Grand Cherokee is simply anticipated to reach round September this yr with costs more likely to be within the area of Rs 65 lakh-75 lakh.

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