After many teasers, Jeep India has finally taken the wraps off the Meridian today. The company claims, its new three-row SUV comes with “the biggest and the most spacious cabin of any SUV in its class.” The Jeep Meridian is expected to launch in June.
Design-wise the Meridian sports the same look as the Jeep Compass. However, there are a few elements that seem to have been taken from the bigger Jeep Grand Cherokee. This includes more rectangular headlamps, a redesigned front and rear bumper, sleeker tail-lights, and an upright stance.
The overall bigger footprint of the SUV should help differentiate the Jeep Meridian from the smaller Compass. Speaking of which, to accommodate the extra row at the back, the Meridian SUV will come with a longer wheelbase (2794mm). Just how practical it is remains to be seen in our review.
Feature-wise, the Meridian comes packed with all the bells and whistles seen on the top-of-the-line Compass. This includes multiple driving modes (sand/mud, snow & auto), a 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone connectivity (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto), a 360-degree camera and wireless charging.
Additionally, you also get a 10.25-inch digital driver’s display, dual-zone climate control, ventilated front seats, a powered tailgate and electrically adjustable driver and passenger seats and more. And yes, you do get a panoramic sunroof here.
Safety here is taken care of by 6 airbags, traction control, ABS, electronic stability control, adaptive cruise control and more.
Powering the 7-seater SUV will be a 2.0-litre diesel, four-cylinder diesel engine, which might make around 200hp of power. The Meridian will be offered in 4X4 all-wheel drive as well as a 4X2 variant. Jeep claims the Meridian can sprint from 0-100kph in 10.8 seconds, and achieve a top speed of 198kph.
With an expected price tag of Rs 30 lakh (ex-showroom), the Jeep Meridian SUV will go up against the Toyota Fortuner, Skoda Kodiaq, and the MG Gloster.