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Jeep India’s 2022 SUV Blitz

Stellantis Group is gearing up for a blockbuster 2022 for the Jeep brand in India and boy does it have plans! It is common knowledge at this point that three Jeep SUVs will be launched in India this year. We also knew that Jeep Meridian, Jeep Compass Trailhawk, and Jeep Grand Cherokee are the new Jeep SUVs that will be available for retail here. That was basically the amount of knowledge and information available to the market to date: the car group recently gave us its Jeep SUV launch plans for India and some other interesting details on each SUV in question for us to download.

Roland Bouchara, CEO and Managing Director of Stellantis India said: “Jeep is an iconic brand, known worldwide for its high-performance SUVs and the brand is on a great journey in India. India is an important part of our global strategy and we intend to achieve a high level of localization of our products to make them more accessible to our customers while maintaining an uncompromising vision of our core Jeep DNA. Our product offensive for 2022 and beyond will continue to demonstrate our commitment to India as we work to expand our market footprint and deliver unparalleled experiences to our customers.”

Jeep Compass Trailhawk

The first SUV in the group is actually the return of an SUV previously offered in India: the Jeep Compass Trailhawk. The new Compass Trailhawk, due for launch in India in March 2022, will feature dual Jeep 4×4 systems and Selec-Terrain traction management systems. The SUV’s off-road credentials are further bolstered with provisions such as factory lift-up suspension, standard four metal skid plates and Jeep signature red rear tow eye, 30-degree departure angles, 24-degree departure angles, 34-degree departure angles and up 19 inch water passage etc.

Jeep assures that the Compass Trailhawk’s interior will feature plenty of features and upgrades compared to the last model. The inventory list of this upcoming Jeep SUV will be 2x memory, a new 10.1-inch Uconnect 5 center stack display and a new 10.25-inch frameless full-color TFT (Thin-Film Transistor) cluster contain.

Jeep Meridian 7 seater SUV

Meridian, which will mark the automaker’s foray into India’s 7-seater SUV market, promises to deliver Jeep’s signature off-road capability along with a premium interior and a wealth of connected features. The Indian-made Jeep SUV will be more than 80 percent localized; its production at the company’s manufacturing facility in Ranjangaon, Pune, will begin later this year – in May to be precise.

While the company didn’t reveal the Jeep Meridian’s specs or many other details, Jeep said that this upcoming SUV in India will be the first in its segment to feature independent front and rear suspension. The 2022 Jeep Meridian will also deliver “best-in-class acceleration” thanks to the optimized power-to-weight ratio. Oh and Jeep Meridian SUVs in India will be available with a choice of three engine options and two trims, offered only in diesel.

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Another key offering in the brand’s offering for India this year is the Indian-made Jeep Grand Cherokee. The second Jeep SUV to launch here this year, the all-new Grand Cherokee SUV, will be supported by an all-new platform, and will get an “all-new exterior design and interior.” The list of Jeep Grand Cherokee 2022 features includes four driving modes, a leather interior, an interactive passenger screen, a head-up display (HUD), a power tailgate, ventilated seats, a panoramic sunroof, etc.

As for the powertrain, Jeep India will offer the Grand Cherokee with a 2.0-liter turbocharged petrol engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Other notable advances include the Quadra-Trac I 4×4 system and Selec-Terrain traction management system.

It may also be interesting to note that India is the only market outside of North America where the all-new Grand Cherokee will be assembled.

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