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Jeep India has officially announced its upcoming 7-seater SUV for India will be called ‘Meridian’. The Made-in-India SUV will be the first 7-seat Jeep offering in the country, and will directly put up against the likes of Toyota Fortuner, MG Gloster, Skoda Kodiaq, and other full-size SUVs.
According to Jeep, the name has been inspired by the ‘77th meridian east’ line of longitude which passes through the length of India connecting some of the most beautiful states and cultures. “Developed specifically for the Indian customer, we have delivered a sophisticated and capable SUV ready to harness a unique segment opportunity,” said Stellantis India CEO & Managing Director, Roland Bouchara.
Jeep said that the Meridian has been tested on every kind of terrain in India. As per Nipun J Mahajan, Head of Jeep India, the company took the SUV on a journey from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, covering a distance of more than 5,000 km testing its performance, on various parameters of build quality, engineering, and capability. Jeep claims that the Meridian will pack in unmatched performance, looks, comfort as well as off-roading prowess in its category.
Along with the name, the company also revealed a camouflaged version of the SUV. That said, the upcoming 7-seater SUV is expected to feature a similar front fascia as the Compass. The dashboard layout of the Meridian could also be similar to that of its 5-seat mid-size SUV sibling. However, the Meridian will likely be offered with both 6- and 7-seat configurations.
While specifications and pricing will be announced closer to its launch in mid-2022, the Meridian will sit atop the Compass in Jeep India’s portfolio, and will likely be priced north of Rs 35 lakh.



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