The Jeep Compass has been a global success and the compact SUV is quite the capable offering with its brilliant handling and ride quality, powerful engine and driving manners. And now, the Jeep Meridian is here to make things more practical with a seven-seater layout in the offing. The Jeep Meridian was recently spotted testing in India and is expected to hit the market in mid 2022. The camouflaged Jeep Meridian spied test mule does reveal a great detail on what changes we can come to expect from the Jeep Meridian apart from just the third row.
The Jeep Meridian spied test mule reveals a slightly larger D-pillar, extended over the five-seater version. The wheel arches have been redesigned to accommodate more space and the window line continues an upswept arc to the windscreen. However, we do expect a larger quarter-glass that will allow more light and a better sense of space in the last row. The Jeep Meridian is also likely to get a redesigned tailgate with possibly new taillights.
Apart from the third row, the Jeep Meridian seven-seater is also expected to be more premium in terms of features, and materials used. The car is likely to come with a larger 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system with the new UConnect infotainment system, new steering wheel, automatic climate control and more. In addition, expect to see new materials as well on the Jeep Meridian seven-seater.
The new and larger Jeep Meridian is likely to retain the existing engine options comprising the 2.0-litre diesel but that produces 200PS and 400Nm. The petrol version will also be on offer with the 2.0-litre turbocharged mill producing 280PS and 400 Nm. Diesel will get the 9-speed automatic gearbox. It will be interesting to see if Jeep India introduces a petrol motor with this. While power will be sent to the front wheels on the entry-level versions, there will be all-wheel drive versions too.
Expect the Jeep Meridian to be priced around Rs. 35-40 lakh (ex-showroom), which pits it against the Mahindra XUV 700, Tata Safari and Skoda Kodiaq.