Jeep India, a member of the Stellantis automotive group, launched its new product on Thursday SUV Meridian with starting prices of 29.9 lakh rupees (former showroom). The Meridian it is the company’s first three-row SUV designed and engineered specifically for India. It comes with a 2-liter diesel engine with nine-speed automatic and six-speed manual transmission, the company said.

It will be available in five variants, including an all-wheel drive version, with starting prices ranging from 29.9 lakh to 36.95 rupees.

In a virtual address, where prices are announced, the head of the Jeep India brand Nipun J. Mahajan said the company had received more than 67,000 inquiries and more than 5,000 expressions of interest even before the Meridian booking was opened.

Deliveries of Meridian will begin in June, he added.

Jeep India said Meridian can be booked on its website and at dealerships across the country with an initial fee of Rs 50,000.

Roland Buchara, CEO and Managing Director of Stellantis India, said: “The offensive on the products we started in 2021 continues with the launch Jeep Meridian as the third product from our portfolio – Made in India and then Grand Cherokee later this year ”.

The car was founded by the SW Architecture Group and inspired by the world-famous Grand Cherokee.

It is one of three new products, along with Grand Cherokee and Compass Trailhawk, to be launched in India this year. Over the past two years, the company has invested $ 250 million in developing five products, including Wrangler and Compass, for the Indian market.

The company launched Compass Trailhawk in February at a starting price of 30.72 lakh rupees (former showroom).

Jeep India said it had tested Meridian on all types of terrain in India, sending it 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, equipment and capabilities.

The company expects the model to become a key player in the premium SUV segment, which is currently dominated by Toyota Fortuner.

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