The right-hand-drive Jeep Meridian will be produced solely in India for both domestic and international sales.
The Meridian has been launched in India, with prices starting at Rs 29.90 lakh and rising to Rs 36.95 lakh for the top-spec 4×4 variants. The Jeep Meridian is already taking reservations, and deliveries will begin in the third week of June. The Meridian is based on the Compass platform, but it has been completely redesigned to fit a third row of seats.
- The Meridian is powered by a 170hp, 2.0-litre diesel engine
- Costs Rs 6.26 lakh more than an equivalent variant of the Compass
- All-wheel drive system reserved for automatic variants only
Here’s a detailed price list of Jeep Meridian in India:
|JEEP MERIDIAN PRICE (EX-SHOWROOM, INDIA)|
|Limited MT FWD||Rs 29.90 lakh|
|Limited (O) MT FWD||Rs 32.40 lakh|
|Limited AT FWD||Rs 31.80 lakh|
|Limited (O) AT FWD||Rs 34.30 lakh|
|Limited (O) AT 4X4||Rs 36.95 lakh|
The Meridian is priced competitively, with a starting price that is Rs 5 lakh less than its closest competitor, the Skoda Kodiaq. At the top end, it’s also about Rs 50,000 cheaper. The Meridian starts at Rs 4.39 lakh less than the Fortuner diesel and Rs 4.59 lakh less than the MG Gloster.
The Jeep Meridian will be Powered Solely by a Diesel Engine
The Meridian will only be available with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder Multijet turbo-diesel engine when it first goes on sale. It has a 170hp and 350Nm torque output and is available with either a 6-speed manual or a 9-speed torque converter automatic transmission. While the powertrain is identical to the Compass, the Meridian’s engine has been recalibrated and receives a remapped ECU for a specific application.
The Meridian, like its smaller sibling, has four-wheel drive only with an automatic transmission, whereas the 4×2 variants have both manual and automatic transmissions. Later on, a petrol engine is likely to be added to the lineup.
Exterior Dimensions and Design of The Jeep Meridian
The Meridian is unmistakably a Jeep, with styling cues from the larger Grand Cherokee L and Grand Wagoneer models sold in other markets. It also has a distinct appearance from the Compass. Check out our review for more information on the Meridian’s design.
The Meridian is 364mm longer, 41mm wider, and 48mm taller than the Compass, with a wheelbase of 2,794mm – that’s 364mm longer, 41mm wider, and 48mm taller than the Compass, with the wheelbase having grown by 146mm.
Jeep Meridian Features, Interior, and Variants
The Meridian will be available in two trim levels: Limited and Limited (O), with the Limited (O) being the most well-equipped. The majority of the features from the Compass are carried over, including a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, 10.1-inch touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, wireless charging, powered front seats, dual-zone climate control, powered tailgate, panoramic sunroof, and more. It does, however, lack ventilated seats, front-parking sensors, and ADAS functionality, which are all desirable features at this price point.
Except for a new brown-black interior color scheme, a new quilted pattern for the seat upholstery, and, most importantly, the addition of a third row, not much has changed in the interior of the Compass. For the time being, the Meridian will only be available as a seven-seater, though a six-seater version may be in the works in the future.
Rivals of The Jeep Meridian
The only logical competitor in India for the monocoque-bodied Meridian is the Skoda Kodiaq, though it will also face competition from full-size ladder frame SUVs like the Toyota Fortuner and MG Gloster due to its price and all-wheel drive capabilities.