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September 2022 - Jeep Meridian Diesel Variants Explained - Which One To Buy?

In this variant explained article, you'll find out which variant of the Jeep Meridian diesel you should buy based on the ex-showroom prices, variant-wise features and value for money. Here we compare and objectively analyse the 2022 Meridian's diesel variants and the features to figure out which variant is worth buying for a good value for money and ownership experience. Then we will compare the engine specs, dimensions and mileage of the Jeep Meridian with the MG Gloster, which is another D2-segment, diesel-powered SUV with a comparable price tag.

Jeep Meridian

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What Are The Pros And Cons Of Jeep Meridian Diesel?

The pros or advantages of Jeep Meridian diesel are:

  • The Jeep badge is synonymous with off-roading and SUVs; it vouches for the Meridian’s SUV genes
  • A good number of features in the top variant such as a 360-degree camera, power front seats, power boot lid, 2-zone AC, LED projector headlamps, reclining and split-folding 2nd and 3rd-row seats with AC vents, ventilated front seats, 6 airbags and a panoramic sunroof
  • A healthy 214mm ground clearance
  • Option of 4-wheel drive
  • Option of manual transmission for those who want the mechanical feel of an H-pattern shift lever

The Jeep Meridian diesel has the following shortcomings or problems:

  • ADAS features like adaptive cruise control, collision avoidance and more are not available in any variant
  • The automatic transmission carries a higher-than-usual premium over the manual variants
  • The base variant doesn’t get many features we expect from a Rs. 30.0 lakh SUV such as cruise control (available with automatic only), ventilated front seats, panoramic sunroof, power driver seats, 360-degree camera
  • Can’t match the bulkier, body-on-frame, 3-row SUVs in terms of road presence

What Is The Price Of Jeep Meridian Diesel Variants?

The Meridian is available in 2 variants with diesel-manual and diesel-automatic powertrains. With the diesel-manual powertrain, the Limited and Limited (O) variants cost Rs. 29.90 lakh and Rs. 32.40 lakh, respectively. The automatic transmission carries a fairly high premium of Rs. 1.90 lakh. With the automatic transmission, the Meridian Limited costs Rs. 31.80 lakh and the Meridian Limited (O) costs Rs. 34.30 lakh. The Meridian Limited (O) automatic is also available with 4WD and costs Rs. 36.95 lakh, which is Rs. 2.65 lakh higher than the Limited (O) diesel automatic.

JEEP MERIDIAN DIESEL | PRICES

EX-SHOWROOM | SEP 2022

Variant

Diesel-Manual

Difference

Diesel-Auto

Limited

Rs. 29,90,000

Rs. 1,90,000

Rs. 31,80,000

Limited (O)

Rs. 32,40,000

Rs. 1,90,000

Rs. 34,30,000

Limited (O) 4WD

-

-

Rs. 36,95,000

Jeep Meridian Diesel Limited - Base Model Standard Features

The base Limited variant of the Jeep Meridian costs Rs. 29.90 lakh with the manual and Rs. 32.40 lakh with the 9-speed torque converter automatic transmission. The notable standard features of the Meridian diesel are:

  • Tyre pressure sensors
  • Rear washer wiper
  • Rear defogger
  • Front and rear armrests
  • Full colour instrument cluster
  • Soft touch materials in the cabin
  • LED projector headlamps, LED fog lamps, LED DRLs and LED tail lamps
  • Leather upholstery
  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Electronic parking brake
  • 6 airbags
  • 10.1-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple Carplay
  • 9 speakers
  • Steering-mounted controls
  • Cruise control (automatic only)
  • Split 2nd and 3rd row seat backs
  • 2-zone auto AC
  • 2nd and 3rd row AC vents
  • Telematics
  • Wireless phone charger

JEEP MERIDIAN LIMITED

BASE MODEL STANDARD FEATURES

Safety

Style

Std. safety features

Tyre pressure sensors

Body-coloured outside door handles

7-inch full-colour LCD instrument cluster

Rear disc brakes

Rear wiper & washer

Body-coloured outside mirrors

Soft-touch cabin materials

Hill start assist

Traction control

Shark-fin antenna

18-inch alloys

LED projector headlamps

Auto-dimming inside mirror

Leather upholstery

Integrated Rear Spoiler

LED fog lamps w/ cornering

Electronic stability control

Roof rails

Sill Plates

Heat resistant glass

Rear parking camera

Turn indicators on outside mirrors

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

Electronic parking brake

2x front side thorax airbags

LED tail lamps

LED DRLs

Rear defogger

2x curtain airbags

   

ISOFIX

     

While the Limited variant of the Meridian also seems fairly well equipped, you might miss a few features like:

  • ADAS (Advanced driver assistance systems)
  • Cruise control (not available with manual transmission)
  • Power driver seat
  • 360-degree camera
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Cooled storage
  • Illuminated glovebox

Between the manual and the automatic, we believe the automatic makes more sense. This is because the Meridian Limited diesel-manual doesn’t even get cruise control, which is a basic feature missing in this car considering its ex-showroom price. However, if you can accommodate the higher variant in your budget, then you should do so. At an ex-showroom price of more than Rs. 30.0 lakh, you should expect more feel-good features, which are missing in this variant.

JEEP MERIDIAN LIMITED

BASE MODEL STANDARD FEATURES

Entertainment

Functional

10.1-inch touchscreen

Frequency selective dampers

Power mirrors

Power folding mirrors with auto fold

Android Auto & Apple CarPlay

All-row adjustable headrests

Keyless entry w/ push-button start/stop

One-touch up/down front windows

Bluetooth

60-40 split 2nd row seat backs

12V power socket

One-touch down rear windows

9x speakers

50-50 split 3rd row seat backs

2-zone auto AC

Rain sensing wipers

Voice commands

Front & rear armrests

All-row AC vents

Boot lamp

In-built navigation

All rows recline

Auto headlamps

Wireless phone charger

Steering-mounted Controls

Front & rear USB

Telematics

Cruise control (Auto only)

Jeep Meridian Diesel Limited vs Limited (O) Variant - Price & Feature Comparison

The Limited (O) variant of the new Jeep Meridian costs Rs. 32.40 lakh with the manual and Rs. 34.30 lakh with the automatic transmission. Here also, the premium for the automatic transmission is the same at Rs. 1.90 lakh over the manual. This variant costs Rs. 2.50 lakh more than the lower Limited variant.

JEEP MERIDIAN LIMITED vs LIMITED (O) | PRICE COMPARISON

 

Limited

Difference

Limited (O)

Diesel-Manual

Rs. 29,90,000

Rs. 2,50,000

Rs. 32,40,000

Difference

Rs. 1,90,000

-

Rs. 1,90,000

Diesel-Automatic

Rs. 31,80,000

Rs. 2,50,000

Rs. 34,30,000

For the additional sum, you get the following notable features:

  • 8-way power front seats
  • Driver seat with memory
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • 360-degree camera
  • Power opening boot lid
  • Larger screen in the instrument cluster

JEEP MERIDIAN LIMITED (O)

FEATURES OVER LIMITED

Safety & Style

Functional

4WD Features

360-degree camera

8-way power front seats

4-wheel drivetrain

Black outside mirrors & roof

Driver seat w/ memory

Multi drive modes

10.2-inch full-colour instrument cluster

Ventilated front seats

Hill descent control

Panoramic sunroof

Powered boot lid

 

The Limited (O) gets several features, which are almost must-have for a car at this price point. So, for a good ownership experience, we’ll suggest buying the Limited (O). Between the manual and automatic, the automatic is an easy choice even though it seems a little expensive over the manual. However, an automatic transmission is essential even for chauffeur-driven customers. The automatic transmission makes it easy even for the car owners to occasionally drive if needed without the hassle of gear changes.

The top variant of the Meridian also gets the option of 4-wheel drive with the automatic transmission. It costs Rs. 36.95 lakh and is Rs. 2.65 lakh more than the 2WD automatic. It also gets drive modes and hill descent control. If you expect to drive in sand, snow or slush, then you can consider the Limited (O) with the 4-wheel drive. It’s reasonably priced over the 2WD model and worth considering for potential buyers.

JEEP MERIDIAN LIMITED (O) 2WD vs LIMITED 4WD | PRICE COMPARISON

 

Limited (O) 2WD

Difference

Limited (O) 4WD

Diesel-Manual

Rs. 32,40,000

-

-

Difference

Rs. 1,90,000

-

-

Diesel-Automatic

Rs. 34,30,000

Rs. 2,65,000

Rs. 36,95,000

Which Variant Of The Jeep Meridian Diesel Should You Buy?

For the Jeep Meridian diesel buyers, we’ll outright suggest skipping the Limited manual. Even the Limited automatic doesn't get several must-have features, which we expect from a Rs. 30.0 lakh car. So, we strongly suggest buying the Limited (O) automatic for a good overall ownership experience. You can decide based on your needs if you should buy the Limited (O) automatic with the 4-wheel drive or not.

JEEP MERIDIAN DIESEL | BUYING RECOMMENDATION

Variant

VFM Rank

Price

Recommendation

Limited Manual

Rank 3

Rs. 29,90,000

Upgrade to Limited (O) automatic

Limited Auto

Rank 4

Rs. 32,40,000

Upgrade to Limited (O) automatic

Limited (O) Manual

Rank 1

Rs. 31,80,000

Upgrade to Limited (O) automatic

Limited (O) Auto

Rank 2

Rs. 34,30,000

Top recommended

Limited (O) Auto 4WD

-

Rs. 36,95,000

Buy if you need 4WD

What Are The Engine Specifications Of The Jeep Meridian Diesel?

In terms of the engine specs, the front-wheel-drive Meridian has a much better power- and torque-to-weight ratio than the Gloster’s base engine. The Gloster is much heavier with its body-on-frame construction and a rear-wheel drivetrain. For regular driving, the Meridian will feel much quicker because of this. Jeep have also revealed the Meridian’s mileage figures, which are around 15 - 16kmpl. The Gloster’s mileage figures aren’t available but we can’t expect it to offer better real-world mileage than the Meridian, which is a fair bit lighter than the Gloster.

JEEP MERIDIAN VS RIVALS

DIESEL ENGINE SPECS COMPARISON

 

Meridian

Gloster

Engine

2.0-litre Turbo

2.0-litre Turbo

Displacement

1956cc

1996cc

Cylinder

4

4

Power

170PS @ 3750rpm

163PS @ 4000rpm

Power:Weight

96PS/t

71PS/t

Peak Torque

350Nm @ 1750 - 2500rpm

375Nm @ 1500 - 2400rpm

Torque:Weight

198Nm/t

163Nm/t

Drivetrain

FWD

RWD

Manual

6MT

--

Manual FE

16.2kmpl

--

Auto

9-speed TC

8-speed TC

Auto FE

15.7kmpl (2WD)

14.9kmpl (4WD)

NA

*Estimated

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What Are The Dimensions Of The Jeep Meridian?

In terms of dimensions, the Gloster is a noticeably bigger car than the Meridian in every way. However, the Meridian hits back with a 4mm better ground clearance, which is something we all will appreciate during the ownership.

JEEP MERIDIAN VS COMPETITION

DIMENSION COMPARISON

 

Meridian

Gloster

Length

4769mm

4985mm

Width

1859mm

1926mm

Height

1698mm

1867mm

Wheelbase

2782mm

2950mm

Ground Clearance

214mm

210mm*

Boot Space

170L

NA

Fuel Tank

60L

75L

Tyre Size (Base)

235/55 R18

255/55 R19

Tyre Size (Top)

235/55 R18

255/55 R19

*Estimated

Find out how you can get the best mileage or fuel efficiency from your car:

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What Are The Colour Options Of The Jeep Meridian?

The 2022 Meridian is available in the following 5 colours:

  • Red
  • Green
  • Grey
  • White
  • Black

Note: Here is a quick look at our length-based segmentation of cars to give you an idea of how we classify cars based on their size.

CLASSIFICATION OF CARS

SEGMENT

SUB-SEGMENT

LENGTH

EXAMPLE

A Segment

A

< 3699mm

Alto, Kwid (Exception), Santro, Celerio

       

B Segment

B1

3700 - 3850mm

Ignis, Grand i10 Nios, Swift, Tiago, Punch

       

B Segment

B2

3850 - 3999mm

Altroz, Baleno, Dzire, Amaze, Nexon, Brezza

       

C Segment

C

4000 - 4499mm

Exception: Slavia, Virtus, New Meridian

Creta, Seltos, Compass, Ertiga

       

D Segment

D1

4500 - 4750mm

Octavia, XUV700, Harrier, Hector, Innova, Kodiaq, Scorpio N

       

D Segment

D2

> 4750mm

Fortuner, Superb, Gloster, Camry, Carnival

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mahesh Yadav

Mahesh is a fan of compact, quirky and underrated vehicles that punch above their weight. Multix, Nano, Strom R3 and Navi are his favorites.

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