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The bookings for the all-new Jeep Meridian SUV begins from Could 1. The value announcement and launch is slotted for the top of Could. The Jeep Meridian, which will likely be diesel-only at launch, shares its underpinnings with the Compass, albeit, designed to accommodate a further row of seats.

In contrast to most three-row derivatives of five-seater SUVs, the Meridian is differentiated sufficient from the Compass to make it stand out. It isn’t a mere stretch job because it measures 41mm wider and 48mm taller than the Compass, other than being 364mm longer in beam, with the wheelbase prolonged by 146mm.

All physique panels on the Meridian are new, and general, the design has a resemblance with the brand new Jeep Grand Cherokee L offered abroad. The longer rear overhang and an upright tail part give away the Meridian to be packing a 3rd row of seats.

On the within, the dashboard format is just like the Compass, though it adopts a brand new brown color scheme, in comparison with the Compass’ all-black inside. The leather-based upholstery within the Meridian includes a perforated and quilted sample.

The Meridian comes outfitted with a ten.25-inch digital instrument cluster, 10.1-inch touchscreen with wi-fi Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, wi-fi charging, powered entrance seats, dual-zone local weather management, six airbags, traction management, ESC, hill-start and descent management, 360-degree parking digital camera and selectable drive modes. It additionally comes with a powered tail gate perform.

At launch, the Meridian will likely be provided solely as a seven-seater – with a bench seat for the center row – and get one-touch tumble down perform for entry to the third row. A six-seater variant with captain seats for the center row is predicted to affix the line-up later.

The Meridian will likely be powered by a sole 170hp, 350Nm, 2.0-litre four-cylinder Multijet turbo-diesel engine at launch, which is similar because the Compass.

The engine will come mated to both a 6-speed handbook or a 9-speed automated transmission — handbook variants will likely be FWD solely, whereas automatics can even get the choice of AWD. Later, as we have now beforehand reported, a 1.3-litre turbo-petrol engine can also be anticipated to affix the line-up.

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