Jeep Meridian reservations will open from the 1st week of May, delivery begins the 3rd week of June | Automotive News
Jeep announced the start of reservations for the Jeep Meridian SUV starting the first week of May. The SUV was unveiled earlier, with launch slated for the end of May and deliveries set to begin the third week of June. It should be noted that the Jeep Meridian is based on the Compass. However, the SUV will be launched as a diesel-only car.
Although sharing its underpinnings with the Compass, the Jeep Meridian underwent major changes to accommodate the extra row of seats. There are also design changes to give it a unique presence. The difference between the two SUVs can also be seen on the scale, as the Meridian is obviously longer, taller and wider than its sibling.
The Meridian’s body panels are all new and the overall look is reminiscent of the new Jeep Grand Cherokee L released internationally. The extended rear overhang and straighter rear section of the Meridian suggest the presence of the third row of seats.
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Moving on to the interiors, the details of the car are not yet officially known but it is expected to have a 10.25-inch digital dashboard. Additionally, it will also have a 10.1-inch touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, power front seats, six airbags, 360-degree camera, wireless charging and dual-zone climate control. Additionally, it has features like traction control, ESC, hill start and hill descent control and selectable riding modes.
The Meridian will be powered by a single 2.0-litre four-cylinder Multijet turbo diesel engine developing 170hp and 350Nm. This is the same engine used in the Compass, but for Meridian it will be tuned to produce more power to complement the size of the SUV.
The engine will work with either a 6-speed manual or a 9-speed automatic transmission; manual models will only be available in front-wheel drive, while automatics will also be available with all-wheel drive.
Due to the production of the SUV in India, the car will be competitively priced. Moreover, considering the competition from Jeep Meridian in India i.e. SUVs like Toyota Fortuner and MG Gloster, it must be priced attractively.