Jeep launches the much-awaited Meridian in India, with costs ranging from ₹ 29.90 lakh, and going as much as ₹ 36.95 lakh for the top-spec 4×4 variants. Bookings for the Jeep Meridian are already underway, and deliveries are set to start from the third week of June. The Meridian is predicated on the Compass platform, however has been utterly reworked to accommodate a 3rd row of seats.

Jeep has priced the Meridian fairly competitively as its beginning worth undercuts its instant rival — the Skoda Kodiaq — by a whopping ₹ 5 lakh. It can also be about ₹ 50,000 cheaper on the top-end. The beginning worth of the Meridian can also be ₹ 4.39 lakh and ₹ 4.59 lakh cheaper than the Fortuner diesel and the MG Gloster, respectively. 

However, the Meridian will solely be accessible with a 170hp, 350Nm, 2.0-litre four-cylinder Multijet turbo-diesel engine that’s mated to both a six-speed handbook or a nine-speed torque converter automated gearbox. While the powertrain configuration is similar to the Compass, the engine has been recalibrated and will get a remapped ECU for particular software on the Meridian.

Just like its smaller sibling, the Meridian will get four-wheel drive solely with the automated gearbox, whereas the 4×2 variants can be found with each the handbook and auto gearbox. A petroleum engine is prone to be part of the line-up later.

The Meridian seems to be unmistakably a Jeep, drawing design inspiration from the bigger Grand Cherokee L and Grand Wagoneer bought abroad. It additionally seems to be noticeably completely different from the Compass. For extra particulars on the Meridian’s styling, you may try our overview right here.

In phrases of dimensions, the Meridian measures 4,769mm in size, 1,859mm in width, 1,682mm in peak and has a wheelbase of two,794mm – that’s 364mm longer, 41mm wider and 48mm taller than the Compass, with the wheelbase having grown by 146mm.

The Meridian might be accessible in two trims — Limited and Limited (O) — the place the top-spec Limited (O) mannequin is fairly generously outfitted. It will get a ten.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, powered tailgate, panoramic sunroof and extra; most of which has been carried over from the Compass. It, nonetheless, misses out on ventilated seats, front-parking sensors and ADAS performance, which notably stand out at this worth level.

As for the inside, not a lot has modified over the Compass, aside from a brand new brown-black inside color scheme, a brand new quilted sample for the seat upholstery, and extra importantly, the addition of a 3rd row. The Meridian, for now, will solely be accessible as a seven-seater, though a six-seater variant might be within the pipeline for the longer term.

The monocoque-bodied Meridian’s solely logical rival in India is the Skoda Kodiaq, though for its worth and all-wheel drive capabilities, it’ll additionally face competitors from full-size ladder body SUVs just like the Toyota Fortuner and MG Gloster.

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