The Jeep Meridian is set to be a luxurious 7-seater SUV, with the company confirming that it will be made available only with a diesel engine at present. It is based on the company’s Compass but has got some changes, including a new 7 slate grille, square LED headlight and an improved bumper design that is reminiscent of the Grand Cherokee.
At the same time, it is 354 mm longer than the Compass, in which this distance between the wheels is 158 mm. At the same time, for the new look, 18-inch alloy wheels and connected LED tail light have been given at the rear, which gives it an attractive look. Talking about the interior, its dashboard has been taken from the Compass, it has been kept in Black and Brown dual tone color. To move to the third row, the second row can be tumbled, the third row seat can be fully folded and the second row seat can be folded in a 60:40 ratio.
Its features have also been taken from the Compass, the Meridian has a 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system, wireless Apple CarPlay, Android Auto. Along with this, 9 speaker system, panoramic sunroof, powered front seat with ventilation, powered tailgate, 360 degree surround view camera system, dual zone climate control etc. have been provided.
For safety, 6 airbags have been provided in all the variants, along with more than 60 safety features have been given in the Meridian. It has been given a tire pressure monitoring system, obstacle detection, anti pinch sensing safety system. Jeep claims that the floor of the Meridian produces 25% less vibration, which ensures smooth and stable driving. It comes with a turning radius of 5.7 metres.
It is a 7 seater MPV, its second and third row can be tilted up to 29 degrees and 32 degrees respectively. The company claims that it will get the largest cabin space, maximum legroom, headroom and wide cabin. The rear door can be opened up to an angle of 80 degrees, while the cabin will cool down 30% faster than other competitors.
The Jeep Meridian is powered by a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder Multijet turbo diesel engine that comes mated to a 6-speed manual and a 9-speed automatic. Along with this, many drive modes sand / mud, snow and auto drive mode have been given in this SUV. It accelerates from 0 – 100 km/h in just 10.8 seconds and has a top speed of 198 km/h.
The option of all wheel drive is available in its automatic and front wheel drive is available in both the gearboxes. It will get 9-speed automatic front wheel drive for the first time and we expect it to be made available in the Compass in the coming days. It will be manufactured at the company’s plant in Pune. The company will also manufacture this SUV in the country itself and has achieved 82% localization for this.
Jeep Meridian is being brought with a lot of new features and more space, the company is going to reveal its price in June. Its price is also going to be slightly higher than the Compass and it is going to compete with the Toyota Fortuner.