Jeep Meridian launched, About To lock Horns With Toyota Fortuner And Skoda Kodiaq

Jeep meridian launched

After a long waiting period JEEP has finally brought in the Meridian to Indian shores, with bookings already under way here is a look at the different variants as well as all the new features the car comes with. Deliveries of the vehicle would start from 3rd week of June, the Meridian is a worked up compass, which has been further engineered to accommodate one more row of seating.

Variantsprice
limited MT FWDRs 29.90 lakhs
limited (o) MT FWDRs 32.40 lakhs
limited AT FWDRs 31.80 lakhs
limited (o) AT FWDRs 34.30 lakhs
limited (o) 4×4Rs 36.95 lakhs

Jeep has priced the Meridian with an aggressive impetus with it directly undercutting its immediate rival the Skoda Kodiaq by a whopping Rs 5 lakh. It is also about Rs 50,000 cheaper at the top-end. Starting price of the Meridian is also Rs 4.39 lakh cheaper than the Fortuner diesel, and Rs 4.59 lakh than the MG Gloster. 

Engine options

As of now the Meridian is only available with a 2.0 litre four cylinder turbo diesel engine which produces about 170BHp of power with 350 NM of peak torque and comes mated to either a 6-speed manual or a 9-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. While the powertrain configuration is identical to the Compass, the engine has been re-calibrated and gets a remapped ECU for specific application on the Meridian. Just like its sibling the car meridian is based on , the car gets 4 wheel drive only with automatic transmission, while the 4×2 variants are available with manual as well as automatic transmissions. A petrol engine is likely to join the stable at a later stage.

Exterior Design

Although from far away the car might seem  like a swelled up compass but in detail the car has gone through a extensive exterior remodeling inspired by the Jeep Grand Cherokee as well as the Grand Wagoneer sold overseas.

Features

The Jeep Meridian is available In two trims, limited and the limited the top-spec Limited (O) model is pretty generously equipped. It gets 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, most of which has been carried over from the Compass. However at this price point the car wasn’t expected to miss out on features like Ventilated seats as well as front parking sensors and ADAS.

The car gets a black brown interior scheme which is different than the compass a new quilted seat upholstering addition of a third row.

The car now being designed with an monocoque chassis would now be a straight competition to the Skoda kodiaq while, while being an 4*4 car the car would also go against the likes of mg gloster as well as  Toyota Fortuner.

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