Jeep’s seven-seater take at the Compass, otherwise known as the Meridian in the Indian subcontinent has finally been unveiled. Most of the details surrounding the Meridian had already been revealed since it is more or less the same as the South American Jeep Commander. Jeep might have unveiled the Meridian for India but the American carmaker is yet to reveal the prices for this seven-seater offering.
The Meridian packs enough aesthetic elements to differentiate it from the Compass that it is based upon. The primal differences have been reserved for the rear profile as it features a longer wheelbase and overhang.
The more upright tail section also aids in letting people know that it isn’t the Compass but a three-row derivative of the same. Even the front fascia falls more in line with the Jeep Grand Cherokee L rather than the Compass as it gets slim headlamps flanking the seven-slot grille. Jeep has claimed that apart from the windshield, front seat frame and maybe a small part of the instrument panel, everything else on the Meridian is unique.
Save for the brown colour scheme for the dashboard, the overall layout of the cabin is more or less the same as the Compass. It also gets an exclusive perforated and quilted pattern for seats.
Since the feature list is borrowed from the Compass, the Meridian also gets a 10.1-inch free-standing touchscreen infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a panoramic sunroof, dual-zone climate control, a nine-speaker Alpine-sourced music system, ventilated front seats, wireless charging, 360-degree camera, drive modes including Auto, Sand, Snow, and Mud.
Engine and Transmission
The Meridian will be available in 4X4 all-wheel drive as well as a 4X2 variant. It retains the same 2.0-litre diesel engine that is expected to churn out the same 170hp and 350Nm as the Compass. It is safe to assume that to make up for the additional heft, the engine will be calibrated accordingly. This engine comes married to 9 speed automatic/6 speed manual transmission.
Introducing the Jeep Meridian, Roland Bouchara, CEO & Managing Director, Stellantis India said, “The Indian market has unique demands. With the Meridian, our engineering and design teams have delivered a striking product; with three rows while retaining the authentic Jeep DNA of adventure and capability. We are delighted with the outcome and firmly believe that the Jeep Meridian will set new benchmarks for the segment.”