Jeep unveils the Meridian SUV in India

Jeep has unveiled a new three-row SUV–the Meridian–in India. The India-manufactured SUV is essentially the Indian version of Jeep’s global model, the Commander, but is based on the same platform as its older sibling, the Compass (it gets the same engine and suspensions).

Pre-bookings of the Meridian (in India) will commence from May 3, while the launch will take place in June.

Design and features

The Meridian is more than just a stretched version of the Compass. The three-row SUV measures 4769 mm long, 1859 mm wide, and 1698 tall; and it has a wheelbase of 2782 mm. 

The SUV’s front fascia features an iconic seven-slot grille, which is extended to the redesigned LED headlamps (with integrated DRLs).  

The SUV gets a dual-tone (black and brown themed) interior featuring leather-upholstered seats. The vehicle gets recline-adjustment features for all three rows and its front seats are eight-way power adjustable and ventilated.

The dashboard layout is similar to that of the Compass and it features a 10.2-inch digital instrument cluster and a 10.1-inch infotainment system (compatible with Apple Carplay and Android Auto). Other notable features include its panoramic sunroof, dual-zone climate-control system, wireless charging, six airbags, traction control, ESC, hill-assist, and a 360-degree parking camera.

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Engine and specifications

The Meridian features the same engine as in its older siblings, the Compass. Powering the SUV will be a 2.0L multijet II diesel engine–mated to either a six-speed manual or a nine-speed automatic transmission–that generates 150 bhp power and 350 Nm torque.

Like the Compass, the SUV comes with forward-wheel drive and four-wheel drive with three Selec-Terrain® modes: Sand/Mud, Snow, and Auto.

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