The Indian automotive market is seeing several launches of seven-seater SUVs. For the past few years, the graph for seven-seater vehicles was flat. But recently, the demand for three-row SUVs has been gaining momentum in India. That is why several mainstream carmakers are introducing seven-seater cars in India. Therefore, one of them is Jeep India. Jeep India debuted in the three-row SUV segment with the all-new Jeep Meridian.
As per the company, the Jeep Meridian is related to the Jeep Compass as it shares its underpinnings and a few parts with the latter.
So, what all does the SUV have to cater to its audience? Let’s find out in this Jeep Meridian review!
Jeep Meridian: Exterior Design
The design of the Jeep Meridian is definitely an eye-catcher. Let’s start with its front fascia. The notable highlight is the signature seven-slat grill with black and chrome inserts flanked by a set of LED headlights. The lower section of the front bumper gets split chrome lines, accompanied by fog lights. There are also sharp shoulder lines on its body for improved aerodynamics that give it a rugged SUV look. The exterior of the Jeep Meridian also gets black cladding and chrome inserts placed on the lower section of its side body. The rear of the Jeep Meridian gets clear-lens swept tail-lights, inspired by the 2022 Jeep Cherokee.
The rear bumper gets a bogus skid plate and black cladding paired with a chrome lining flanked by reflectors on either end.
The Jeep Meridian base model runs on 245/65 R17, and the top model rides on 245/60 R18 tyres.
Jeep Meridian: Dimensions and Capacity
The dimensions of the Jeep Meridian measure 4769mm in length, 1859mm in width, and 1698mm in height, with a wheelbase of 2782mm. The boot space of the Jeep Meridian ranges from 233 litres to 1760 litres (with the folded seats of the 2nd and 3rd rows).
The Jeep Meridian’s ground clearance is rated at 214mm. Don’t miss out on the Meridian review if you want to know its off-roading capabilities.
Jeep Meridian: Interior Design and Features
The Jeep Meridian’s interior is nearly identical to the facelifted Jeep Compass’s. The Meridian also gets a dual-tone dashboard with a black and brown scheme, paired with brushed metal inserts. In terms of features, the Jeep Meridian is well equipped. It features a 10-inch infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a connected car app, and a wireless phone charger, to name a few. For owners to have a seamless audio experience, the Jeep Meridian gets a 9-speaker Alpine-tuned music system. The front and rear rows boast USB points as well.
However, only the front seats are electronically adjustable.
If a passenger needs to encounter the heat or cold weather, the Meridian has your back with its ventilated seats. The SUV also has voice control, keyless entry, and a smart access card entry.
The Meridian also gets an engine start/stop button, electronically adjustable ORVMs, a rain-sensing wiper, a panoramic sunroof, etc. In addition, the SUV gets a digital instrument cluster, a multi-function steering wheel, and dual-zone climate control, to name a few.
Jeep Meridian: Powertrain
The Meridian gets the same 2-litre turbo-diesel engine as the Jeep Compass. As of now, there is no petrol unit on offer. However, the turbo-diesel engine produces 167bhp and 350Nm of torque.
As far as the transmissions are concerned, the Meridian gets a 6-speed manual gearbox and a 9-speed automatic gearbox. The top speed of the Jeep Meridian is 198km/h. Moreover, the all-wheel drivetrain is exclusive to the top-end automatic trim, while the rest are with the front-wheel drivetrain.
Depending upon the engine and transmission, the ARAI-claimed mileage of the Jeep Compass ranges between 15.7kmpl and 16.2kmpl.
As for its engine rivalry with the Toyota Fortuner, MG Gloster, and Skoda Kodiaq, the MG Gloster takes the lead with its power output. However, the Jeep is a Jeep as they are known as the pioneers of off-roading vehicles since World War. The most renowned off-roaders were the Jeep Willys, as they were capable of sailing through any terrain!
However, now let’s jump to the safety aspect.
Jeep Meridian: Safety
The seven-seater SUV has six airbags, a 360-degree camera, hydraulic brake assist, rain brake assist, hill-start assist, and an automatic vehicle hold, to name a few. The Jeep Meridian also gets automatic headlamps, an auto-dimming IRVM, a tyre pressure monitoring system, etc.
Jeep Meridian: Variants, Prices and Rivals
The Jeep Meridian can be had in two trims: Limited and Limited (O). The price of the Meridian starts at Rs 29.90 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the base model, the Limited 4×2 MT, and goes up to Rs 36.95 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the top model, the Limited (O) 4×4 AT (automatic transmission). The direct rivals of the Jeep Meridian are the Toyota Fortuner, MG Gloster, and the Skoda Kodiaq.
The MG Gloster has a starting price of Rs 31.50 lakh, while the Toyota Fortuner and the Kodiaq are priced at Rs 31.79 lakh and Rs 35.99 lakh, respectively (all prices ex-showroom, Delhi). In terms of dimensions and features, the MG Gloster overtakes everyone. There is a price difference of Rs 29,000 between the Gloster and the Fortuner. However, the latter is not a feature-loaded SUV, yet it is well known for its rugged engines and best resale value. That is why the Toyota Fortuner is one of the best-selling SUVs in the country. Now comes the German SUV, the Skoda Kodiaq. The Kodiaq is also a pretty feature-loaded SUV, but its sales figures are not at par with its ongoing rivals. However, the Jeep Meridian might be on par with the Fortuner in terms of sales as it offers features and the Jeep DNA. Only time will tell the success of the Jeep Meridian.
So, if you are planning to buy a Jeep Meridian or want to know more about its direct rivals, visit “car reviews” under the reviews category on autoX. Stay tuned for further updates!