Jeep® India has begun delivering its new three-row Meridian (H6) SUV to its customers. A clone of the Brazilian-built Jeep Commander (H1), the Meridian is manufactured in India and features a few subtle changes including Right-Hand-Drive (RHD) for the Indian marketplace.
Earlier this week, the first 60 units were delivered to customers in New Delhi at Landmark Jeep. The event was recorded and uploaded to YouTube by one of the managers from the dealer (which you can see below).
The Meridian is based on a stretched version of the Compass’ Small-Wide LWB 4×4 architecture. There are three rows of seats, seven seats in total, and one of the largest rear cargo spaces in the category with 1,760 liters (62.15 cubic feet) with the seats down, 661 liters (23.3 cubic feet) with the five-passenger configuration, and 233 liters (7.8 cubic feet) with all seven seats up – the largest volume with seven passengers for the segment. In addition, the model also has a surprising storage space of 31 liters of volume.
The Meridian will take on competition from Toyota (Fortuner), MG (Gloster), and India’s own Mahindra (Alturas G4).
Under the hood lies a 2.0-liter turbodiesel inline-four-cylinder engine (also known as the “TD350” in Brazil). The engine puts out 168 horsepower (172 PS) and 258 lb.-ft. (350 N⋅m). Unlike the Commander, the Meridian turbodiesel will be fitted with both manual and automatic transmissions, as well as, a front-wheel-drive (FWD) and four-wheel-drive (4×4). Those Meridians that are fitted with FWD will come with a 6-speed C635 manual transmission. For 4×4 models, a ZF-sourced 9-speed 948TE automatic transmission will be standard equipment.
The Meridian is being offered in five different configurations for the Indian market. Those models include the following…
|2022 Jeep® Meridian India Pricing|
|Limited MT FWD||Rs 29.90 lakh (or about $38,400 USD)|
|Limited O MT FWD||Rs 32.40 lakh (or about $40,840 USD)|
|Limited AT FWD||Rs 31.80 lakh (or about $41,610 USD)|
|Limited O AT FWD||Rs 34.30 lakh (or about $44,050 USD)|
|Limited O AT 4×4||Rs 36.95 lakh (or about $47,450 USD)|
When it comes to technology, the Meridian takes a lot of the refreshed Compass’ goodies and repackages it into the new D-segment SUV. There is the customizable 10.25-inch Full Digital cluster and 10.1-inch Full HD Uconnect 5 touchscreen media center with built-in navigation and mirroring for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto wirelessly. It also has smartphone charging, place the device on the indicated part of the center console and the wireless charging capable device will fast charge. However, in case other passengers want to do the wired charging, there are USB ports in the three rows of seats.
There will be two models offered in India, the Limited and Limited O. The Limited includes the following features…
- 18-Inch Diamond-Cut Aluminum Wheels
- Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control
- Emperador Brown Quilted Leather Seats
- Frequency Selective Damping (FSD) with Hydraulic Rebound Stoppers (HRS)
- Easy Tumble 2nd-Row & 3rd-Row Seats
- 3rd-Row AC Vents with Dedicated Evaporator Unit
- 10.1-Inch Uconnect 5 Infotainment System
- 9-Speaker Alpine Audio System
- Wireless Apple CarPlay™ & Android Auto™
- Automatic Headlamps & Rain Sensing Wipers
- Remote Keyless Entry & Push Button Start
The Limited O model also adds the following items as standard equipment…
- Dual-Pane Panoramic Sunroof
- 8-Way Power-Adjustable Driver & Passenger Seats
- Ventilated Front Seats
- Select-Terrain 4×4 Management System
- Power Liftgate with Memory Function
- 360-Degree Camera
- 10.1-Inch Uconnect 5 Infotainment Touchscreen with Navigation
- Full LED Projector Headlamps with Integrated DRLs
The Meridian is available in five exterior colors, Velvet Red, Techno Metallic Green, Magnesio Grey, Pearl White, or Brilliant Black.