5 Key Features of The Jeep Meridian SUV

Everything you need to know about the new Jeep Meridian three-row SUV, which will be available in the coming months.

Jeep is preparing to expand its lineup in India with the introduction of three new models this year. Meridian, a highly anticipated three-row SUV that is already on sale in select South American markets as the Commander, will be one of these models. Below are all of the important details about Jeep’s upcoming SUV that you should be aware of.

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The Platform and a Few other Bits are Shared with The Compass

Jeep Meridian SUV
Jeep Meridian SUV

Jeep has chosen to build this new three-row SUV on the same platform as its popular Compass SUV. The platform, on the other hand, has been extensively upgraded to accommodate an additional row of passengers. In comparison to the Compass, the Meridian has a longer wheelbase, a larger rear overhang, and larger rear doors to help third-row passengers get in and out.

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Will Resemble The Jeep Commander in Appearance

While the Meridian will share some design elements with the Compass, it will also borrow styling cues from the new Grand Cherokee, as seen on the Commander sold in other markets. More rectangular headlights, a restyled front and rear bumper, an upright tailgate, and slimmer taillamps are among the changes. There will be plenty to distinguish the new Meridian from the smaller Compass, thanks to these design changes and the larger footprint.

Jeep Meridian SUV
Jeep Meridian SUV

It will be Well-Equipped

All of the features from the top-spec Compass are expected to make it to the Meridian in terms of equipment. The new SUV will be equipped with a 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, electrically adjustable driver and passenger seats, ventilated front seats, a wireless phone charger, and a panoramic sunroof, among other features. While the Brazilian-spec Commander has only been shown in a seven-seat configuration, the India-spec Meridian could also be offered in a six-seat configuration with captain seats in the middle row.

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Jeep is also expected to include a slew of safety features, including seven airbags, adaptive cruise control, an automatic emergency braking system, and possibly ADAS.

Will be Available with a Diesel Engine

Jeep Meridian SUV
Jeep Meridian SUV

The Meridian will be powered by the tried-and-true 2.0-litre, four-cylinder Multijet turbo-diesel engine found in a number of Indian SUVs. The unit in the Meridian, on the other hand, will be tuned to produce more power – around 200hp – to cope with the Meridian’s increased weight. This engine will also come standard with a 9-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. In our market, a 48V mild-hybrid version of this powertrain may also be available.

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In India, it will Compete with a Number of Three-Row SUVs

The Jeep Meridian is expected to arrive in India in mid-2022, with a price range of Rs 30 lakh to Rs 35 lakh (ex-showroom). It will compete not only with the recently updated Skoda Kodiaq, but also with body-on-frame SUVs such as the Toyota Fortuner and MG Gloster once it is released.

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