Jeep Meridian: Why it doesn’t get a sliding second row

    The Meridian is the only SUV in its segment, which includes the Skoda Kodiaq, Toyota Fortuner and MG Gloster, that does not get this feature.

    Published On Jun 29, 2024 08:00:00 AM

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    The Jeep Meridian, the three-row Compass-based SUV, has been in the market for over two years and sales have been underwhelming. In the last six months, Meridian wholesales have averaged about 115 units, which is significantly lower than the Toyota Fortuner (3,013 units), and even below the Skoda Kodiaq (140 units) and MG’s Gloster (139 units). Despite its sophisticated feel and feature-rich appeal, one notable absence is a sliding second-row bench seat, a feature its competitors offer.

    Autocar India has learnt that that the reason behind this is that the made-in-India Meridian was meant to be exported to the UK. For the UK, Jeep had plans to introduce a plug-in hybrid variant and the space behind the middle row was supposed to house the battery pack.

    Consequently, there was no space left to integrate a sliding mechanism for the reclining second row, which does come with 60:40 split-folding and fold-and-tumble functions. With the cancellation of export plans, Jeep missed the chance to add this function, resulting in the launch without this feature.

    Jeep is currently working on the Meridian facelift, with a launch slated for this year. While the updated model will likely include ADAS tech, it remains uncertain whether Jeep will incorporate the sliding function. 

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    Jeep Meridian vs Toyota Fortuner Legender comparison video

    Jeep to launch all-new Rs 15-20 lakh SUV based on Citroen platform

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