Jeep India launches Jeep Meridian at Rs 29.90 lakhs
Kolkata: Jeep Meridian was launched Thursday at an introductory price of Rs 29.90 lakhs (Ex-showroom India).
The vehicle’s design is inspired by the iconic Jeep Grand Cherokee as it redefines the premium SUV segment with its many best-in-class features, including the fastest acceleration and highest power-to-weight ratio.
The SUV can go from 0-100 km/h in just 10.8 seconds and can attain a top speed of 198 km/h.
Commenting on the Jeep Meridian’s launch, Nipun J. Mahajan, Head of Jeep Brand India, said, "Brand Jeep believes it is time for Indian customers to kick-start a new adventure in the refined and capable Jeep Meridian. Our pricing reflects our intent to disrupt the segment and offer unmatched value for customers seeking a powerful, spacious, and sophisticated SUV.”
Jeep Meridian aims to attract customers from all segments.
Jeep India is on track to start deliveries of the ‘Made-In-India and made-for-India’ Jeep Meridian in early June.
Engineering and Architecture
The new Jeep Meridian gets the first-in-segment completely independent front and rear suspension setup. It features Frequency Selective Damping (FSD) and Hydraulic Rebound Stopper (HRS) to ensure a smooth ride, top-notch comfort, and superlative driving dynamics for all kinds of roads and terrains.
With the lowest parking torque of 2.2 Nm and a dynamic torque of 4.3 Nm, Jeep Meridian also promises the best steering control in the segment.
The low turning radius of 5.7 m further fortifies the new Jeep Meridian as an inspired choice for city driving.
The SUV’s credentials are further strengthened by the terrain-proven unibody SW platform.
Trims and Powertrains
Jeep Meridian is available across two trims, Limited and Limited (O), with various best-in-segment features to ensure occupants' convenience and comfort.
Both Limited and Limited (O) are available with the 4x2 front-wheel drive and a choice between a six-speed manual transmission and a nine-speed automatic transmission.
A nine-speed automatic transmission with the 4x4 all-wheel drive is also available in the Limited (O) trim.
It is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine that generates 125 kW (170 HP) at 3,750 rpm and a maximum torque of 350 Nm available between 1,750-2,500 rpm.
Among the most fuel-efficient SUVs in the D-segment, the Jeep Meridian delivers a fuel economy of up to 16.2 km/l (ARAI certified)
Design and Comfort
The SUV gets 840 mm between the first and second row, and 780 mm between the second and third row, making the Jeep Meridian the most spacious vehicle in the segment.
Jeep Meridian offers three row SUV with 481-litres of boot space while seating five people and 170-litres of boot space when all seven seats are occupied.
The cabin offers easy accessibility thanks to provisions such as the one-touch fold-and-tumble seats in the second row and the 80-degree door opening angle to help passengers get in and out with ease.
The SUV cools up to 30 percent faster than competitors, thanks to the multi-zone climate control system, dedicated third-row AC-evaporator unit, and the thermo-acoustic cabin insulation,Jeep India said.
The Jeep Meridian features Emperador Brown leather seats, third-row cooling with controls, automatic headlamps, diamond-cut dual-tone 18-inch alloy wheels, and several other such attractive features.
It comes equipped with UConnect5 that offers a host of connectivity & class-leading infotainment features.
The Jeep Meridian Limited (O) trim additionally gets a two-tone roof, a dual-pane sunroof, a 10.2-inch digital instrument cluster, a 360-degree camera, and a powered lift-gate with programmable height, obstruction detection, etc.
Jeep Meridian is now available for booking on Jeep India's website (jeep-india.com) and at Jeep dealerships across India with a small down payment of Rs 50,000.
Deliveries will begin in June, the company said.
In India, the Jeep vehicle line-up consists of the Wrangler, Compass, Meridian and the soon-to-be-launched Grand Cherokee.
India is the first country for Jeep outside of North America to make 4 models locally and also for exports to other right-hand drive markets around the world Jeep is part of the portfolio of brands offered by leading global automaker and mobility provider Stellantis, the company said.