Jeep unveiled its latest offering in India – the 7 seater Compass, Meridian. And with this, we are here with a quick overview of the Jeep Meridian.
Jeep Meridian Highlights
- Pre-bookings for the Jeep Meridian will start from May, and it will be launched in June.
- It Gets ADAS, blind spot detection, lane assist, 7 airbags and more than 60 active and passive safety features.
- Will be offered with a 2 litre diesel engine only, similar to the Compass, in initial Stages. A 1.3 turbo petrol will be launched later on. It does the 0-100 km/h sprint is 10.8 seconds, and has a top speed of 198 km/h.
- It will be a 7-seater only initially. 6 seater with captain seats in middle row to be offered in later stages.
- The Jeep Meridian a Brown Interior theme distinct from the all Black Interior of the Compass
- Also, the Alloy Wheel design is different from the Compass
- It will have a localisation level of 82%
- Although the front fascia is similar to the Compass, the rear section of Jeep Meridian now features slimmer taillights, and a more upright stance, giving it a distinctive and sleeker look from Compass.
Jeep Meridian Dimensions-
Length 4769 mm Width/Breadth 2040 mm Height 1700 mm Wheelbase 2794 mm Ground clearance 214 mm Tire Size 245/60 R18 (18” Alloy Wheels) Boot space 233 Litres With All Seats Up (Not Bad!)
Jeep has changed the exterior of the Meridian to give it a distinctive look from the Compass. Although the front fascia is similar to the Compass, with its typical signature Jeep grille, it has reworked the rear section of the Meridian.
It now has sleeker tail lamps, and sports chrome bits and lines, running and connecting the LED lights, both at the front and the rear. The back-profile is now more upright in order to accommodate the last 2 passengers. The rear seems to be inspired from the Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Cherokee.
The Meridian is available in dual tone colour schemes, which further enhances the floating roof treatment.
Also, the attention to detail looks quite good from the first glance, with many subtle ‘Jeep’ branding at places such as the front lights. It looks extremely stylish and complements the bold nature of the car!
Overall the car, despite having the extra length, continues to look butch and rugged. It is guaranteed that it would carry a humongous road presence, attracting eye balls to the fresh design.
Interior + Features
As soon as you would enter this car, the cabin would give you a plush feel. It has a generous use of soft touch materials and a rich looking dual tone brown and black colour scheme. The interior is also well complemented with leather bits in the interior, such as a seater wrapped steering, leather wrapped gearbox etc…
It also gets stadium seating, similar to the one seen in the Safari. Basically, it would give the 2nd and 3rd-row passengers an unobstructed view ahead. The Meridian is expected to be spacious from the inside, although we should still wait and watch until it is fully launched and arrives at dealerships.
The feature list is pretty much similar to the Compass and gets-
- 10.1” touchscreen infotainment system with wireless Android Auto, Apple CarPlay
- It gets a 360° camera
- Wireless charging
- 9-speaker Alpine Sound system
- 10.25” digital instrument cluster
- Ventilated Seats with 8 way electric adjust
- Powered Tailgate with obstacle detection
- Panaromic Sunroof
- Multi zone climate control
- Rear doors open 80° wide (Take that Tata Altroz!)
Engine options for the Meridian will be the same as the Compass. It will have the Stellantis (then FCA) sourced Diesel engine, that powers the Harrier, Safari, Compass, Hector, and the Hector Plus!
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The Diesel engine is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission and a 9-speed torque converter that churns out 168 ps and 420 nm of torque. Only the diesel automatics will have the option of 4×4, while others will have 4×2 only.
The Petrol variant will be launched later on, and it would be a 1.3-litre turbocharged unit, capable of producing 185 PS (as in the Brazil spec version).
Price & Rivals of the Jeep Meridian
Jeep Meridian price will be around 35 lakhs rupees for diesel variants, and might go up to 42-43 lakhs for the top variant. When the petrol variants will launch, the starting price is expected to come down to 32 lakhs
Jeep Meridians rivals are MG Gloster, Toyota Fortuner, & the Skoda Kodiaq. Even they are similarly priced, if not less!
|Jeep Meridian||35 lakhs – 43 lakhs (for diesel)*
32 lakhs – 42 lakhs (for petrol)*
|Toyota Fortuner||33.89 lakhs – 43.43 lakhs (for diesel)
31.39 lakhs – 32.98 lakhs (for petrol)
|MG Gloster||30.99 lakhs – 38.99 lakhs (only comes in diesel)|
|Skoda Kodiaq||34.99 lakhs. – 37.49 lakhs (only comes in petrol)|
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