The long-awaited Jeep Meridian 3-row SUV will finally go on sale in June 2022. The company has already announced that the series production of the Meridian will begin in May 2022. The new SUV will be positioned above the compass in Jeep India’s line-up. The SUV is basically the rebadged Commander SUV; but it gets some India-centric changes.
Bookings and launch details
Jeep has officially announced that the bookings for the new Meridian will begin the first week of May 2022. Deliveries of the new Jeep Meridian are scheduled to begin in the third week of June 2022.
The new Jeep Meridian is built on Jeep’s Small Wide 4×4 platform that underpins the Compass and the global Renegade. Jeep engineers have modified the platform to accommodate a longer wheelbase and a larger 3-row SUV. The company has high strength steel to make it stronger and stiffer.
In terms of proportions, the new Jeep Meridian is 4,769mm long, 1,859mm wide and 1,682mm tall and has a wheelbase of 2,782mm. The wheelbase has been extended by 146mm to accommodate a longer body. Compared to the Compass, the new Meridian is 364mm longer, 41mm wider and 42mm taller.
The Meridian powers a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine that powers the Compass. This engine is claimed to produce 170 horsepower and 350 Nm of torque. Transmissions include a 6-speed manual and a 9-speed torque converter automatic. Jeep claims to have calibrated the engine for the longer and heavier Meridian SUV.
The Jeep Meridian also comes with significant off-road capability. The AWD variant has a 21.5-degree approach, 23.1-degree breakover and 23.6-degree departure angles. The vehicle comes with independent suspension with frequency-selective dampers, AWD drive modes, 4-low, hill-descent control, 16-inch water-wading capacity and a crawl ratio of 20.426.
Interior – Dashboard layout and features similar to the Compass
Not just platform and engine, the new Jeep Meridian shares the cabin and features with the Compass SUV. The dashboard layout is the same, but the Meridian has a different color scheme. The SUV gets a 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone connectivity, nine-speaker audio system, a panoramic sunroof, a 7-inch semi-digital instrument console, dual-zone climate control, keyless entry, push-button start and many more.
Seats in the second row can be tumbled with a push
It comes with a fixed second-row seat; However, Meridian offers a landscape function. It has a push of a button on the second row seat, making it easy to access the third row seat.
The new Jeep Meridian has no direct competitor on the market. The company aims to position it as an alternative to the likes of Toyota Fortuner and Skoda Kodiaq. The Meridian is based on a monocoque platform with independent suspensions and 4WD options, while the Fortuner is based on a ladder-on-frame chassis.
– 6 airbags as standard
– Electronic stability control (ESC)
– Back Start & Descent Control
– 360 degree camera
– Emergency parking brake
– Control of vehicle stability
– Control of vehicle yaw and pitch
– Rollover Mitigation
– Hydraulic brake assist
– Drying of brake discs
– Auto Hold
– Automatic engagement of electric parking brake when the engine is switched off or the driver’s door is opened
Electric tailgate and front seats
The much-anticipated Jeep Meridian also gets some convenience features like a power tailgate and electrically adjustable driver and front passenger seats.