Jeep Meridian (7-seater Compass) spied with Toyota Innova Crysta

Jeep is rigorously testing the 7-seater of the Compass on Indian roads for quite some time now. The new SUV is expected to be called Meridian and it will be released sometime this year. Jeep Meridian has now been spotted again and this time it was spotted alongside a Toyota Innova Crysta.

Dimension wise, the Meridian is expected to stay the same as the Commander which is being sold in the international market. It measures 4,769 mm in length, 1,859 mm in width, and 1,682 mm in height. When compared, the Innova Crysta measures 4,735 mm in length, 1,830 mm in width and 1,795 mm in height. So, the Meridian is much larger than the Innova Crysta in every dimension except the height.

Innova Crysta has a wheelbase of 2,750 mm whereas the Meridian has a wheelbase of 2,794 mm. The wheelbase of the 5-seater Compass is 158 mm shorter than the Jeep Meridian.

The engine that will be doing duty on the Meridian will be the same one that is found on the Compass. So, it is a 2.0-litre Multijet diesel engine that produces 170 PS of max power but the torque output has been bumped up from 350 Nm to 380 Nm. It comes mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission. The higher variants will also come with a  4×4 system.

The new SUV is quite a capable vehicle and we have already seen it going off-road. You can watch the video by clicking here. The Meridian that will be produced at Jeep’s Ranjangaon facility is also expected to come with some kind of mild-hybrid technology to bump up the fuel economy slightly and produce more power while overtaking or under hard acceleration.

In the international market, Jeep also offers a 1.3-litre petrol engine. It has been turbocharged and supports flex-fuel. The engine produces 185 bhp of max power and 270 Nm of peak torque. It gets a 6-speed automatic transmission that drives only the front wheels. As of now, we do not know whether Jeep will bring this engine to India or not.

The Meridian looks quite similar to the Compass from the front. It gets similar sleek LED headlamps, same grille but the bumper has been redesigned slightly and there is a different set of LED Daytime Running Lamps. The flat bonnet and the alloy wheels are also similar to the current Compass.

The differences really start from the B-pillar where the rear door is now longer because of the added wheelbase. The larger rear door also helps the third-row occupants to get in and get out more easily. The added wheelbase has also helped in liberating more legroom for the second-row occupants. At the rear, there is a newly designed tailgate with new LED tail lamps. Now, the design of the Meridian falls in line with the Compass, Grand Cherokee and Grand Wagoneer.

Obviously, the Jeep Meridian will be priced higher than the Compass. It will compete against the MG Gloster, Toyota Fortuner and Mahindra Alturas G4.


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