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2022 Jeep Meridian — First Drive Review

Why do I buy it?

  • Good manners on the road
  • Great off-road ability
  • Additional third row seats

Why do I avoid it?

  • Looks like a bigger Compass
  • The third row is not comfortable for long driving
  • Limited dealer network

Summary

total score

8/10

The Jeep Meridian is a new three-row SUV for the Indian market and is based on the Compass. While interior and powertrain options are similar bự their smaller brother, the brand’s monolithic Meridian boasts a number of aesthetic enhancements. In addition, it is larger in size and continues bự emulate the Grand Cherokee. How does it work? Well, we drove it recently for the answer. When launched in India, this diesel-only 7-seater 4WD will compete with the MG Gloster and Toyota Fortuner.

Rear right three quarters

Engine and performance

8/10

Shot Engine

Powering the Meridian is Jeep’s familiar 2.0-liter turbo-diesel engine. It’s paired with a six-speed manual or a nine-speed automatic, and that’s what we’re sampling. The second version has optional all-wheel drive, which we also experienced off-road. More on that later. But don’t expect any petrol derivatives as only this diesel option will be available at launch. Fair enough for its class and expected performance. It’s good that this diesel mill hum is well shielded inside the cabin and vibrations on the steering wheel are minimal.

Facade right three quarters

Currently, this FWD variant that we started driving doesn’t have any driving modes. This 168bhp engine may not be powerful enough for a 1.8 tonne car but it is on par for course. In fact, it does many good things and Jeep claims that the Meridian can accelerate from 0-100 km / h in 10.8 seconds is reliable. With 350Nm of torque on tap, it focuses on speed quickly and gearshifts are smooth too. That said, it’s still not the fastest transmission and there is a slight delay in the response of this torque converter.

Rear left three quarters

Yes, the transmission shifts seamlessly with gentle throttle input, but once you stomp on the accelerator, the lag in shifting becomes apparent. You will have bự plan well bự pass a long vehicle. Otherwise, you can control it by manually shifting gears through the gears as it omits paddle shifters. There were only a handful of stretches in Chandigarh where we were able bự hit triple-digit speeds and maintaining that speed even with five people on board was easy bự control. We’re currently waiting bự do this through the V-Box and our fuel efficiency tests bự determine its real-world performance metrics. Hopefully soon!

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Ride and Handle

8/10

Three quarters front left

The Meridian boasts independent front and rear suspension with monolithic architecture. It is equipped with Frequency Selective Damping (FSD) along with Hydraulic Recovery Blocker (HRS). The SUV nicely eliminates road imperfections and, in fact, knocks out obstacles, just as confident ladder trucks do. Here, no disturbance is sent inside the cabin and the movement of the occupants is also minimal. Although it is a long vehicle, it is quite easy bự maneuver thanks bự the turning radius of 5.7m. The steering is precise, and with less than three key-to-lock transitions, also reduces effort. It is even quite light at low speeds and provides the necessary weight at higher speeds. We didn’t find many corners on the road and will confirm the rollability of the car in deep road testing. But first impressions are positive, with the SUV sticking bự its road when pushed around a number of turns.

Rear left three quarters

We also briefly tested Meridian’s 4×4 abilities at a vernacularly designed track in a jungle. And it’s not just an obstacle bự judge the Meridian as the 203mm ground clearance or 18-inch wheels give it a tall stance. They help, of course, but what further differentiates the Meridian and gives it unsurpassed off-road capability is the all-wheel drive specification. Thanks bự the higher approach distance and departure angles of 21.5 degrees and 23.6 degrees respectively, we were even able bự climb stairs without hiccups. Furthermore, the 23.1-degree crossing angle is substantially higher, giving this version of AWD an advantage every time it’s done off-road. Then there’s a crawl rate of 20,426 that offers uphill or downhill along with downhill control. Let’s not forget, the Meridian boasts water lines up bự 16 inches deep/trough. Here, we got bự experience first-hand how amazing the car is with its responsiveness, traction, maneuverability and so many important parameters bự not only go off-road but It also helps a person get out of a difficult situation in unfamiliar territory on the way out.

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Space and interior quality

8/10

Front row seats

The interior of the Meridian is similar bự its sibling, the Compass. This also means it’s a well laid out dash with the new customizable 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster as introduced with the Compass innovation. There’s also a 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. It’s a scientifically designed cabin with good storage and a solidly built interior. The quality of materials and plastics used are very good, and along with premium touches like brushed aluminum, piano black accents and nice tan leather, it also feels luxurious.

Second row seats

With plenty of space in the front, the seat has bự fit properly, which is quite important bự keep you in place when running off-road. The second row of seats is also quite friendly with large doors that open up bự 80 degrees bự help the car get in and out better. These seats are also supportive, but not generous in terms of legroom, especially if you want bự stretch out. They feature a one-touch flip for convenient third-row access, however, the lack of a sliding option limits legroom. As a result, third-row pillow space is also limited for adults and there’s no under-thigh support. These problems do not make a long drive comfortable and are only good enough bự accommodate someone for short drives. Thankfully, the backrest can be reclined, just like in the second row, and the separate air vents together add bự the respite. You still get some boot space when all the seats are raised, which otherwise flattens out nicely for generous cargo space with the rear seats lowered.

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Features and devices

8/10

dashboard

Among all the basic functions and various luxury services carried over from the Compass, notable features of the Meridian include a multi-zone automatic climate control system, a power tailgate and Panoramic sunroof. I would still prefer it if it had a ventilated seat, especially for our nóng and humid climate. However, Jeep did not ignore the issue of safety and equipped the SUV with a wide range of equipment. This includes six airbags, a 360-degree camera, etc., in addition bự different types of brake assist, Hill Start Assist (HAS) and Automatic Parking Hold (AVH). Furthermore, the SUV is constructed of high-tensile steel hot-stamped components bự provide greater rigidity and comes with various active and passive security features, reinforcing the focus on safe. There’s ABS, ESC and TPMS, but it would have an advantage if it was equipped with adaptive cruise control, blind spot detection, lane departure warning, HUD, etc., which are standard today.

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Inference

8/10

Front view

Jeep has a reputation as an off-road brand that delivers outdoor rugged vehicles that are practical even for everyday driving. The new Meridian does this well, offering impressive off-road capabilities with on-road refinement. And then it has an attractive exterior and a lavishly furnished cabin with new features. If the automaker manages bự price it competitively, buyers or even Compass owners looking for a third row could consider this a worthy nâng cấp. It’s a good bet for the automaker bự tap into sales of the premium 7-seater segment, currently dominated by the Toyota Fortuner with the departure of the Ford Endeavour. Even if Jeep manages bự start pricing when the top-spec Compass ends (Rs 31 lakh at the former showroom), it will make for an attractive option for buyers-oriented value.

Right view

Kaustubh Gandhi’s photo

Jeep Meridian


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2022 Jeep Meridian — First Drive Review
#Jeep #Meridian #Drive #Review
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Why would I buy it?Good road mannersFantastic off-road capabilityAdditional third-row seatingWhy would I avoid it?Looks like a bigger CompassThird row uncomfortable on long drivesLimited dealer networkSummaryOverall Score8 / 10The Jeep Meridian is a new three-row SUV for the Indian market and is based on the Compass. Though the interior and powertrain options are similar bự the smaller sibling, the Meridian with the brand’s uni-body architecture boasts some cosmetic enhancements. Also, it’s way bigger in size and goes on bự emulate the Grand Cherokee. How does it perform? Well, we drove it recently bự know the answer. This diesel-only 4WD seven-seater, upon launch in India, will compete with the MG Gloster and the Toyota Fortuner.Engine and Performance8 / 10Powering the Meridian is Jeep’s familiar 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engine. It comes mated bự a six-speed manual or a nine-speed automatic transmission and that’s what we’re sampling. The latter gets an optional all-wheel drive, which we also experienced off-road. More on that later. But don’t expect any petrol derivative as only this diesel-only option will be available upon launch. Fair enough given its class and expected performance. It’s good that this diesel mill’s clatter is well-masked inside the cabin and vibrations on the steering are minimal.Now, this FWD variant that we started off driving doesn’t get any driving modes. This 168bhp engine might look underpowered for a 1.8-tonne vehicle but it is par for the course. In fact, it does more than good and Jeep’s claim that the Meridian can accelerate from 0-100kmph in 10.8 seconds feels believable. With 350Nm of torque on tap, it gathers speed quickly and the gearshifts are smooth too. That said, it still isn’t the quickest of transmissions and there’s a slight delay in response of this torque converter.Yes, the gearbox seamlessly shifts with gentle throttle inputs, but once you stomp the accelerator, the lag in downshifting gets evident. You’ll have bự plan well bự overtake a long vehicle. Else you can take control via manual shifting through the cog as it misses paddle shifters. There were only a few sections of road in Chandigarh where we could achieve triple-digit speeds, and maintaining those speeds even with five people aboard was easily manageable. We’re now waiting bự put this through our V-Box and fuel efficiency tests bự ascertain its real-world performance figures. Hopefully soon!Read MoreRide and Handling8 / 10The Meridian boasts independent front and rear suspension for its uni-body architecture. It gets Frequency Selective Damping (FSD) along with Hydraulic Rebound Stopper (HRS). The SUV nicely smoothens out the road imperfections and, in fact, smothers the obstacles, just like ladder-on-frame vehicles confidently do. Here, there’s no jolt sent inside the cabin and the movements of occupants are also minimal. Though it’s a lengthy car, it is quite easy bự manoeuvre, thanks bự a 5.7m turning radius. The steering is precise and with a little less than three turns lock-to-lock, also reduces efforts. It’s even quite light at low speeds and provides the required heft at higher speeds. We didn’t find many corners en route and will re-affirm the body roll when it comes for an in-depth road test. But the first impressions are positive, with the SUV sticking bự its line when pushed around some turns.We also briefly got bự test the 4×4 capability of the Meridian at an indigenously designed track in a forest. And it wasn’t just an obstacle course bự judge the Meridian for its 203mm ground clearance or 18-inch wheels giving it a high stance. Of course, they do help but what further differentiates the Meridian and gives it an outstanding off-road capability is the 4WD’s specs. Thanks bự a higher approach and departure angle of 21.5 degrees and 23.6 degrees, respectively, we even managed bự climb stairs without a hiccup. Further, a break-over angle of 23.1 degrees is substantially higher, giving this AWD version an edge every time it’s taken off-road. Then, there’s a crawl ratio of 20.426 providing hill climbing or descending capabilities along with hill-descent control. Lest we forget, Meridian boasts water fording of up bự 16 inches deep water/slush. We here got a good first-hand experience of how respectable the vehicle is with articulation, traction, manoeuvrability, and many such parameters vital bự not just go off-road, but also help one out of a tricky situation in unfamiliar territory on a road trip.Read MoreInterior Space and Quality8 / 10The interior of the Meridian is similar bự its sibling, the Compass. This also means it’s a well-laid-out dash with a new customisable 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster as introduced with the Compass facelift. Also, there is a 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. It’s an ergonomic cabin with good storage places and a solidly built interior. There’s a good quality of materials and plastics used, and with premium touches like brushed aluminium, piano black accents, and nice tan leather, it feels luxurious too.With good room available in the front, seats are a snug fit, quite important bự hold you in place while off-roading. The second row also is quite welcoming with large doors opening wide up bự 80 degrees for better ingress-egress. These seats are supportive too, but not generous in terms of legroom, especially if you want bự stretch out. They do get a one-touch tumble feature for convenience bự get into the third row, however, the lack of the sliding option limits the leg space. Hence, third-row knee-room is also limited for adults and nil in terms of under-thigh support. These issues don’t make for a comfortable long drive and are good enough only bự accommodate someone for short drives. Thankfully, the backrest can be reclined, like in the second row, and separate air vents together add bự the respite. You still get some boot space with all the seats up, which otherwise nicely flattens out for humongous cargo space with the rear seats down.Read MoreFeatures and Equipment8 / 10Amongst all the basic functions and various luxury offerings carried over from the Compass, the Meridian’s notable features include multi-zone automatic climate control, a powered tailgate, and a panoramic sunroof. I’d have still loved it if it had ventilated seats, especially for our nóng and humid climate. Jeep, though, hasn’t skimped on safety and kitted the SUV with a host of equipment. This includes six airbags, a 360-degree camera, and more, in addition bự the different types of brake assist, Hill Start Assist (HAS), and Automatic Vehicle Hold (AVH). What’s more, the SUV is composed of hot-stamped parts with high strength steel bự provide higher rigidity and comes with various active and passive security features bolstering its focus on safety. There’s ABS, ESC, and TPMS, but it would have had an edge if it was equipped with adaptive cruise control, blind-spot detection, lane departure warning, HUD, etc., given the norm these days. Read MoreConclusion8 / 10Jeep is famous as an off-road brand bringing in outdoorsy rugged vehicles which are practical even for your daily driving. The new Meridian represents this well while offering impressive off-road capability with on-road refinement. And then, it has an appealing exterior and a lavishly appointed cabin with new features as well. If the carmaker manages bự price it competitively, buyers or even Compass owners seeking the third row can consider this bự be a worthy nâng cấp. It’s a good bet for the carmaker bự tap into the sales of the premium seven-seater vehicle segment, now dominated by the Toyota Fortuner with the departure of the Ford Endeavour. Even if Jeep manages bự start its pricing where the top-spec Compass ends (Rs 31 lakh ex-showroom), it will make for an enticing option for value-oriented buyers.Pictures by Kaustubh GandhiJeep Meridian
#Jeep #Meridian #Drive #Review
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#Jeep #Meridian #Drive #Review
Why would I buy it?Good road mannersFantastic off-road capabilityAdditional third-row seatingWhy would I avoid it?Looks like a bigger CompassThird row uncomfortable on long drivesLimited dealer networkSummaryOverall Score8 / 10The Jeep Meridian is a new three-row SUV for the Indian market and is based on the Compass. Though the interior and powertrain options are similar bự the smaller sibling, the Meridian with the brand’s uni-body architecture boasts some cosmetic enhancements. Also, it’s way bigger in size and goes on bự emulate the Grand Cherokee. How does it perform? Well, we drove it recently bự know the answer. This diesel-only 4WD seven-seater, upon launch in India, will compete with the MG Gloster and the Toyota Fortuner.Engine and Performance8 / 10Powering the Meridian is Jeep’s familiar 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engine. It comes mated bự a six-speed manual or a nine-speed automatic transmission and that’s what we’re sampling. The latter gets an optional all-wheel drive, which we also experienced off-road. More on that later. But don’t expect any petrol derivative as only this diesel-only option will be available upon launch. Fair enough given its class and expected performance. It’s good that this diesel mill’s clatter is well-masked inside the cabin and vibrations on the steering are minimal.Now, this FWD variant that we started off driving doesn’t get any driving modes. This 168bhp engine might look underpowered for a 1.8-tonne vehicle but it is par for the course. In fact, it does more than good and Jeep’s claim that the Meridian can accelerate from 0-100kmph in 10.8 seconds feels believable. With 350Nm of torque on tap, it gathers speed quickly and the gearshifts are smooth too. That said, it still isn’t the quickest of transmissions and there’s a slight delay in response of this torque converter.Yes, the gearbox seamlessly shifts with gentle throttle inputs, but once you stomp the accelerator, the lag in downshifting gets evident. You’ll have bự plan well bự overtake a long vehicle. Else you can take control via manual shifting through the cog as it misses paddle shifters. There were only a few sections of road in Chandigarh where we could achieve triple-digit speeds, and maintaining those speeds even with five people aboard was easily manageable. We’re now waiting bự put this through our V-Box and fuel efficiency tests bự ascertain its real-world performance figures. Hopefully soon!Read MoreRide and Handling8 / 10The Meridian boasts independent front and rear suspension for its uni-body architecture. It gets Frequency Selective Damping (FSD) along with Hydraulic Rebound Stopper (HRS). The SUV nicely smoothens out the road imperfections and, in fact, smothers the obstacles, just like ladder-on-frame vehicles confidently do. Here, there’s no jolt sent inside the cabin and the movements of occupants are also minimal. Though it’s a lengthy car, it is quite easy bự manoeuvre, thanks bự a 5.7m turning radius. The steering is precise and with a little less than three turns lock-to-lock, also reduces efforts. It’s even quite light at low speeds and provides the required heft at higher speeds. We didn’t find many corners en route and will re-affirm the body roll when it comes for an in-depth road test. But the first impressions are positive, with the SUV sticking bự its line when pushed around some turns.We also briefly got bự test the 4×4 capability of the Meridian at an indigenously designed track in a forest. And it wasn’t just an obstacle course bự judge the Meridian for its 203mm ground clearance or 18-inch wheels giving it a high stance. Of course, they do help but what further differentiates the Meridian and gives it an outstanding off-road capability is the 4WD’s specs. Thanks bự a higher approach and departure angle of 21.5 degrees and 23.6 degrees, respectively, we even managed bự climb stairs without a hiccup. Further, a break-over angle of 23.1 degrees is substantially higher, giving this AWD version an edge every time it’s taken off-road. Then, there’s a crawl ratio of 20.426 providing hill climbing or descending capabilities along with hill-descent control. Lest we forget, Meridian boasts water fording of up bự 16 inches deep water/slush. We here got a good first-hand experience of how respectable the vehicle is with articulation, traction, manoeuvrability, and many such parameters vital bự not just go off-road, but also help one out of a tricky situation in unfamiliar territory on a road trip.Read MoreInterior Space and Quality8 / 10The interior of the Meridian is similar bự its sibling, the Compass. This also means it’s a well-laid-out dash with a new customisable 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster as introduced with the Compass facelift. Also, there is a 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. It’s an ergonomic cabin with good storage places and a solidly built interior. There’s a good quality of materials and plastics used, and with premium touches like brushed aluminium, piano black accents, and nice tan leather, it feels luxurious too.With good room available in the front, seats are a snug fit, quite important bự hold you in place while off-roading. The second row also is quite welcoming with large doors opening wide up bự 80 degrees for better ingress-egress. These seats are supportive too, but not generous in terms of legroom, especially if you want bự stretch out. They do get a one-touch tumble feature for convenience bự get into the third row, however, the lack of the sliding option limits the leg space. Hence, third-row knee-room is also limited for adults and nil in terms of under-thigh support. These issues don’t make for a comfortable long drive and are good enough only bự accommodate someone for short drives. Thankfully, the backrest can be reclined, like in the second row, and separate air vents together add bự the respite. You still get some boot space with all the seats up, which otherwise nicely flattens out for humongous cargo space with the rear seats down.Read MoreFeatures and Equipment8 / 10Amongst all the basic functions and various luxury offerings carried over from the Compass, the Meridian’s notable features include multi-zone automatic climate control, a powered tailgate, and a panoramic sunroof. I’d have still loved it if it had ventilated seats, especially for our nóng and humid climate. Jeep, though, hasn’t skimped on safety and kitted the SUV with a host of equipment. This includes six airbags, a 360-degree camera, and more, in addition bự the different types of brake assist, Hill Start Assist (HAS), and Automatic Vehicle Hold (AVH). What’s more, the SUV is composed of hot-stamped parts with high strength steel bự provide higher rigidity and comes with various active and passive security features bolstering its focus on safety. There’s ABS, ESC, and TPMS, but it would have had an edge if it was equipped with adaptive cruise control, blind-spot detection, lane departure warning, HUD, etc., given the norm these days. Read MoreConclusion8 / 10Jeep is famous as an off-road brand bringing in outdoorsy rugged vehicles which are practical even for your daily driving. The new Meridian represents this well while offering impressive off-road capability with on-road refinement. And then, it has an appealing exterior and a lavishly appointed cabin with new features as well. If the carmaker manages bự price it competitively, buyers or even Compass owners seeking the third row can consider this bự be a worthy nâng cấp. It’s a good bet for the carmaker bự tap into the sales of the premium seven-seater vehicle segment, now dominated by the Toyota Fortuner with the departure of the Ford Endeavour. Even if Jeep manages bự start its pricing where the top-spec Compass ends (Rs 31 lakh ex-showroom), it will make for an enticing option for value-oriented buyers.Pictures by Kaustubh GandhiJeep Meridian

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