The Meridian is a three-row SUV based on the Compass, but there’s more that differentiates the two models than just their seating configuration.
Jeep recently uncovered the India-specific Meridian three-row SUV ahead of its likely market launch in May this year. And while the Meridian is based on 5-seater Jeep Compassin an interaction with the media during the unveiling event, Ralph Gilles, design director of Jeep’s parent company Stellantis, said, “Except for the windshield, the front seat frame and maybe a small part of the instrument panel, everything else on the Meridian is unique.”
The Meridian thus has a unique identity and here we will explore everything that distinguishes it from its 5-seater sibling, the Compass.
Jeep Meridian vs Compass: measurements
|Jeep Meridian vs Compass: measurements|
|Jeep Meridian||Jeep compass|
|Length||4,769 mm||4,405 mm|
|Width||1,859 mm||1,818 mm|
|Height||1,682 mm||1,640 mm|
|Wheelbase||2,794 mm||2,636 mm|
|Luggage compartment||233-1760 liters||438 liters|
|Wheel size||18 inches||18 inches|
The Meridian is based on the same platform as the Compass but has been enlarged enough to accommodate three rows of interior seating. And while three-row derivatives typically only see an increase in length and sometimes wheelbase as well, Jeep has lengthened both and has also widened the Meridian to allow for a roomier cabin. Specifically, the Meridian is 364mm longer, 41mm wider, 42mm taller and has a wheelbase 158mm longer than the Compass.
Jeep Meridian vs Compass: exterior design
Of course, all body panels on the Meridian are brand new, giving it a look more in line with the larger one Jeep Grand Cherokee. Compared to the Compass, the headlights are slimmer and get new fittings, the grille is more upright, the front bumper is completely unique, the doors are longer and the rear end is, of course, completely renovated. It is more upright, has narrow LED taillights that are linked by a chrome bar and also gets a large rear glass area. And while both models ride on 18-inch dual-tone alloy wheels, the Meridian features more intricate detailing.
Jeep Meridian vs Compass: Interior and Features
The Meridian’s dashboard is mostly similar to the Compass, though it gets a new black and brown color scheme, compared to the Compass’ all-black interior. The brown leather-covered seats also have a new perforated and quilted pattern. The biggest difference for the Meridian, however, is its third row of seats. So far, the Meridian has only been revealed in 7-seater guise, with a middle-row bench (also different from the Compass), although a 6-seater variant with middle-row captain’s seats could be on the cards at a later date.
In terms of equipment, the Meridian carries over most of the functions from the Compass, but it also gets an electric tailgate. Other notable features common to both SUVs include a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, a 10.1-inch touchscreen, dual-zone climate control, six airbags, start/descent control, panoramic sunroof and selectable drive modes.
Jeep Meridian vs Compass: engine options
Under the hood, the Meridian will be powered by Jeep’s 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine that’s also offered on the Compass. While Jeep is yet to reveal specific power and torque figures for the Meridian, we expect it to be similar to the Compass’ 170bhp and 350Nm outputs. However, it will be calibrated to account for the additional weight and size of the Meridian. Transmission options – 6-speed manual and 9-speed automatic – also remain identical, but while the automatic transmission is only offered in 4×4 configuration on the Compass, it will be offered in both FWD and AWD configurations on the Meridian.
|Jeep Meridian vs Compass: engine options|
|Engine volume||2.0 liters||2.0 liters / 1.4 liters|
|Engine type||4 cyl, turbocharged||4, cyl turbocharged|
|Force||170 hp (estimate)||170 hp / 163 hp|
|Torque||350Nm (estimate)||350Nm / 250Nm|
|Gearbox||6-speed MT, 9-speed torque converter AT||6-speed MT, 9-speed torque converter AT / 6-speed MT, 7-speed DCT|
|Drive layout||FWD, AWD||FWD, AWD / FWD|
Notably, the Compass is also available with a 163bhp, 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine with either a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed DCT automatic gearbox, but that won’t be offered on the Meridian. The Meridian will be a diesel-only model at launch, although inside sources have indicated that it is likely to get a new 187bhp, 1.3-litre turbocharged petrol engine further down the line.
Jeep Meridian vs Compass: Expected Pricing
The Compass is currently priced between Rs 17.79 lakh-29.34 lakh (ex-showroom, India). The Meridian will naturally be positioned above the Compass and is likely to cost between Rs 34 lakh-37 lakh (ex-showroom). When launched, it will compete with the likes of petrol only Skoda Kodiaqdiesel only MG Gloucester and that Toyota Fortuner.
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