Located above the compass, the three-row Meridian will compete with the Skoda Kodiaq, Toyota Fortuner and MG Gloster when it launches in May.
The Jeep Meridian for the Indian market has been revealed in production form, and although the company has not officially announced a launch date, we expect the model to be added to Jeep India’s range in May. Read on to know more about the design, features and driveline options for the upcoming three-wheeled SUV.
- Meridian will probably be launched in May
- Will be included in an avatar with seven locations; six-seater version under consideration
- To be a diesel model to begin with; petrol version will come later
Jeep Meridian: exterior
The meridian is essentially the India-specific version of South American Jeep Commander. And even if it is based on the same platform as the five-seater Compass, it has a design that is differentiated enough to make it stand out. The extended wheelbase, longer rear overhang and a more upright tail section make the Meridian a Jeep that packs in a third row of seats.
In addition, even the design of the front panel, including the narrow headlights that flank the seven-union grille, is more in line with Jeep Grand Cherokee L. Another design element that seems to be inspired by the larger model is the pair of narrow taillights, connected by a chrome bar.
“Apart from the windscreen, the front seat frame and perhaps a small part of the instrument panel, everything else on the Meridian is unique (in relation to the compass). We have given a lot of thought to widening the vehicle, the front doors are specially adapted and the entire rear architecture is completely unique, as is the entire front “, commented Ralph Gilles, design manager for Jeep’s parent company Stellantis, in response to a media question.
He further noted that the India-specific Meridian’s headlights, front bumpers and alloy wheels are different compared to the Commander three-wheeled SUV.
In terms of dimensions, the Meridian has a significantly larger footprint than the compass. It is 364 mm longer in the beam and has a wheelbase that has been extended by 146 mm. Even the width and height have been increased by 41 mm and 48 mm respectively compared to two-row jeeps.
|Jeep Meridian vs Compass: dimensions|
|Jeep Meridian (Commander)||Jeep compass|
|Length||4 769 mm||4 405 mm|
|Width||1859 mm||1 818 mm|
|Height||1698 mm||1 640 mm|
|Wheelbase||2 782 mm||2 636 mm|
|Luggage space||233-1760 liters||438 liters|
Jeep Meridian: interior and features
The dashboard’s layout on the Meridian is similar to that of the Compass, although it rejects the smaller model’s completely black look for a brown color scheme. In addition, the leather upholstery in Meridian uniquely has a perforated and quilted pattern.
In terms of room amenities, equipment passed on from Compass includes electric front seats, 10.25-inch digital instrument panel, wireless charging, 10.1-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, dual-zone climate control, six airbags, Traction control, ESC, hill-start and descent control, 360-degree parking camera and selectable driving modes (sand / mud, snow and auto).
The three-wheeled SUV also has an electric tailgate and a sound system with 9 speakers from Alpine.
Jeep Meridian: six-seater variant in progress?
Meridian will be launched with just a seven-seater variant (pictured), to begin with.
At the moment, Jeep India has only shown a seven-seater version of the Meridian, with bench-style seats in the middle row. However, the company has indicated that a six-seater iteration may also be in the pipeline.
Commenting on a potential variant with midfield captaincy, Partha Datta, head of Engineering, Design and R&D, Stellantis IAP said: “We want to keep a few things to surprise you a little later. So, no predictions about when it will come in, but yes, it’s in our minds. ”
Jeep Meridian: engine-gearbox
Jeep has revealed that the Meridian will be launched with just a 2.0-liter diesel engine, to begin with. Although the company has not yet released its power figures, we expect the power to be similar to Compass’ 170 hp and 350 Nm. Still, expect the engine to be recalibrated to handle the extra weight of the larger SUV.
When it comes to the gearbox, Meridian’s diesel factory gets a 6-speed manual with front-wheel drive (FWD). There is also a 9-speed torque converter automatic, which, unlike the Compass unit, gets FWD as an option, in addition to four-wheel drive (AWD).
Stellanti’s top management refused to comment on the prospect of a petrol offer for the upcoming SUV. But as we have already reported, internal sources indicate that The Meridian will likely get a 1.3-liter turbocharged device further down the line. The engine, already used by the company in South America, produces 187 hp and 270 Nm – effects that improve the India-specific Compass’s 163 hp, 250 Nm, 1.4-liter turbo petrol engine.
|Jeep Meridian vs Compass: engine-gearbox|
|Jeep Meridian||Jeep compass|
|Fuel type||Diesel||Diesel / petrol|
|Engine volume||2.0 liters||2.0 liters / 1.4 liters|
|Engine type||4 cyl, turbocharged||4 cyl, turbocharged|
|maximum force||170 hp (estimated)||170 hp at 3750 rpm / 163 hp at 5500 rpm|
|Max torque||350Nm (estimate)||350Nm at 1750-2500rpm / 250Nm at 2500-4000rpm|
|Gearbox||6-speed manual, 9-speed torque converter automatic||6-speed manual, 9-speed torque converter auto / 6-speed manual, 7-speed DCT auto|
|Drive layout||FWD, AWD||FWD, AWD / AWD|
Jeep Meridian: launch details and rivals
Jeep Compass is priced at Rs 17.79 lakh-29.34 lakh (ex-showroom, India). The meridian will be placed above it to compete with those such as gasoline only Skoda Kodiaqdiesel only MG Gloucester and that Toyota Fortuner.
In particular, Jeep says that it has achieved a localization of 82 percent with its three-line offer.
In addition, the right-hand drive Meridian will be manufactured exclusively at Jeep’s Ranjangaon plant near Pune, which will also serve as the global export hub for the SUV.
Although Jeep has not yet announced the opening of its order banks, many dealers have unofficially started taking pre-orders for the SUV, with a booking amount of Rs 50,000.
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