Jeep India is planning to go all guns blazing on its rivals as the iconic American carmaker recently made it official that three SUVs will land on our shores this year. The lineup will include Jeep Meridian, Jeep Compass Trailhawk, and Jeep Grand Cherokee. In 2021, Jeep launched the all-new Jeep Compass coupled with the locally assembled Wrangler for the first time. Now that its aggressive intentions are finally made public, the company indeed wants to establish a strong foothold in the Indian market.
Jeep Compass Trailhawk
The new Jeep Compass Trailhawk is finally making its comeback as it is scheduled to be launched in India in March 2022. The Compass Trailhawk will boast distinctive exterior styling coupled with two Jeep 4×4 systems and Selec-Terrain traction management systems, continuing the tradition of legendary off-road credentials.
Trailhawk provides best-in-class Trail Rated 4×4 capability with:
- Standard Jeep Active Drive Low 4×4 20:1 crawl ratio
- Factory lift suspension, standard four metallic skid plates and a Jeep signature red rear tow hook.
- 30-degree approach angle, 24-degree breakover angle and 34-degree departure angle
- Hill-descent Control
- Up to 19 inches of water fording
- Up to 1500 kg towing capability
The Meridian will mark the brand’s foray into India’s 7 seater SUV market and with over 80 per cent local componentry, this vehicle will carve out its own niche in the premium SUV segment. Production of the Meridian will commence in May at the Ranjangaon joint venture manufacturing facility in Pune.
Jeep is claiming that the Meridian will be the first in its segment to have independent front and rear suspension and best-in-class acceleration due to superior engineering that optimizes its power-to-weight ratio. The Jeep Meridian will be offered in three powertrains and two trims offered in diesel only.
Jeep Grand Cherokee
Jeep will also localise the production of the all-new 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The Big Daddy will launch in India with an all-new architecture, all-new exterior design and all-new interior.
For the Indian market, the vehicle will come equipped with a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol powertrain, paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. It is equipped with the legendary Quadra-Trac I 4×4 system and Selec-Terrain™ traction management system. India is the only market in the world outside North America where the all-new Grand Cherokee is locally assembled.
Roland Bouchara, CEO & Managing Director, Stellantis India, said, “Jeep is an iconic brand, globally recognized for its capable SUVs and the brand is on a great journey in India. India is a major part of our global strategy and we intend to achieve a high level of localization for our products, to make them more accessible to our customers while maintaining an uncompromising vision on our core Jeep DNA. Our product offensive for 2022 and beyond will continue to illustrate our commitment to India as we work towards strengthening our market presence and offer unmatched experiences to our customers.”