India has long been bringing the 3-row version of the Compass to India and now they are all set to launch the new SUV, THe will be called the Meridian and will have its own individual place in the portfolio. The Meridian is powered by the familiar 2.0-litre Multijet diesel engine, improved here for better NVH although it still outputs the same 170PS and 350 Nm. The gearbox options remain unchanged too, with a six-speed manual and nine-speed torque converter on offer, the latter reworked for more responsiveness. The Meridian will be available in 4x2 with both manual and automatic options and a 4x4 automatic option. Stay tuned for all the live updates from the launch of the all-new Meridian.
Prices for the Jeep Meridian start from Rs 29.90 lakh and the top of the line car will cost Rs 36.95 lakh
The Meridian has a 60/40 split-folding second-row with sliding, reclining and tumble functions. The third-row is a 50/50 split with reclining and a flat folding function. Boot-spcae with all three rows in use is 170-litre which increases to 481-litres wth the third row folded.
The Jeep Meridian will be offered in two variants - Limited and Limited(O). The Meridian Limited gets features like LED projector headlamps, 18-inch dual-tone alloy wheels, LED cornering fog lamps, auto headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, driver seat height adjust, keyless-entry, push-button start, powered mirrors, dual-zone climate control, 7-inch semi-digital instrumentation, wireless charging, 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment with nine speakers.
Being a Jeep, the Meridian also has significant offroading capabilities. The AWD is offered with the AT Limited(O) and in this form the Meridian has a 21.5-degree approach, 23.1-degree breakover and 23.6-degree departure angles. The rear-multilink suspension setup continues with frequency-selective dampers, AWD drive modes, 4-Low mode, hill-descent control, 16-inch inches of water-wading capacity and a 20.426 crawl ratio.
The Jeep Meridian is 4,769mm long, 1,859mm wide and 1,698mm tall. This makes it 364mm longer, 41mm wider and 58mm taller than the Compass. The Meridian has a 146mm longer wheelbase than the Compass, at 2,782mm. Ground clearance is 203mm.