Jeep’s more affordable seven-seater SUV will make its global debut this month. The India launch of the new Jeep Meridian, which is based on the Jeep Compass, is scheduled for the first quarter of 2022.
A new seven-seater SUV from Jeep will be showcased on August 26, 2021. Internationally, the new seven-seater SUV will be called the Commander; however, for the Indian market, FCA has trademarked the name Meridian. While the Meridian will be an all-new product stepping into the full-size SUV segment for the first time, its underpinnings will be majorly borrowed from the current Jeep Compass.
For now, it is safe to assume that the upcoming Jeep Meridian is a Compass that can accommodate two more people. Jeep recently teased the interior of the Meridian (or the Commander) in a promotional video, and you can read about it by clicking here. The key highlight of the Meridian’s cabin will be a panoramic sunroof and a tan interior.
The engine will be a 2.0-litre diesel mill, which we have experienced in SUVs such as the Jeep Compass, Tata Safari, Tata Harrier, MG Hector, and MG Hector Plus. Although the state of tune is likely to be on the higher side. The Meridian will be offered with both a six-speed manual and an automatic transmission. The interior images confirm that the new SUV will be offered with an all-wheel-drive system, along with different driving modes and a terrain-response system. It is too soon to confirm if Jeep will offer the Meridian with a petrol motor or not.
This new seven-seater SUV will be prioritised for the South American markets, just like the Jeep Commander. FCA will most likely launch the Jeep Meridian in the Indian market by the first quarter of 2022 – its deliveries will commence soon after.
The Jeep Meridian will target the market space that is mainly occupied by the Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour, MG Gloster, and the soon expected Skoda Kodiaq facelift. The pricing, however, is expected to be very aggressive compared to the aforementioned SUVs – it will range between Rs 20 and 28 lakh (ex-showroom).