Check out our paper-pen comparison between the upcoming Jeep Meridian and India’s most popular SUV – the Toyota Fortuner
The Zip Meridian was officially unveiled by the manufacturer a while back, as the India-spec version of Zip Commander, which debuted last year. After launch, the new Meridian will lock horns with other large SUVs, including the Skoda Kodiak, the MG Gloster, the Mahindra Alturas G4, and the Toyota Fortuner.
Here, we take a closer look at the special sheets of the soon-to-be-launched Jeep Meridian and its biggest rival, the Toyota Fortuner.
Jeep Meridian vs. Toyota Fortuner – Exterior design and dimensions
The upcoming Jeep Meridian has a very sharp but rugged design. It gets sleek headlamps, a bold front grille (with signature seven-slot design), smooth wrapped taillights and a large greenhouse. The SUV maintains an overall boxy profile, which makes it look quite muscular.
Toyota Fortuna is much more rough. The front fascia is quite capturing, with attractive headlights, a large front grille and a sculpted front bumper. The side profile is very boxy, the sidesteps complement the tall height. The SUV also gets dagger-shaped taillights, and the flat tailgate continues to look laborious. The ‘Legend’ variant of the SUV has got a different front fascia, which looks sportier than the standard version.
|Dimensions||Zip Meridian||Toyota Fortuner|
|Length||4,769 mm||4,795 mm|
|Width||1,859 mm||1,855 mm|
|Height||1,682 mm||1,835 mm|
|Wheelbase||2,794 mm||2,745 mm|
The Jeep Meridian is slightly wider than the Toyota Fortuner and has a longer wheelbase. However, the latter is a bit longer and significantly longer. To make an accurate comparison of the road presence between the two, we have to wait for the new jeep to hit the road.
Jeep Meridian vs Toyota Fortuner – Interior styling and features
The Jeep Meridian has the same dashboard and steering wheel as the 5-seater sibling-compass. However, the black and brown cabin theme is different, and it looks much more premium. The space inside looks good, though we need to get our hands on the SUV to know for sure. It gets a free-standing 10.1-inch infotainment touchscreen with a 10.25-inch full-digital TFT instrument console.
The SUV will have many more features, such as dual-zone climate control, 360-degree parking camera, dual-zone climate control, cooled glovebox, keyless entry and go, power-operated tailgate, panoramic sunroof, and more. Car technology will also be available.
The interior of the Toyota Fortuner is quite premium, but it looks a bit simpler than the Jeep. The dashboard is relatively flexible, with an integrated 8-inch touchscreen in the center. The standard model gets a choice between two interior color options – camouflage and black – where the Legend version gets a dual-tone black and maroon interior theme.
The instrument console has a traditional design, with a TFT MID between the two analog dials. Offer features include keyless entry and go, cooled glovebox, dual-zone climate control, power-operated tailgate, auto-dimming IRVM, power-operated ORVMs (auto-dimming), Toyota Connect (Connected Car Tech, etc.).
Jeep Meridian vs. Toyota Fortuner – engine and transmission
Jeep India will initially offer a single-engine alternative to the Meridian – a 2.0L turbo-diesel motor. This powerplant is also available on the Compass, where it generates 170 PS and 350 Nm. The Jeep Meridian will probably have the same output. Transmission options will include a 6-speed manual and a 9-speed torque-converter gearbox. The SUV will come standard in a FWD format, the automatic version will also get an AWD option.
|Zip Meridian – technical features|
|The size of the device||2.0-liter|
|Engine type||Turbocharged, inline-4, diesel|
|Maximum power||170 PS *|
|Maximum torque||350 Nm *|
|Infection||6-speed MT / 9-speed AT|
* Expected stats
The Toyota Fortuner has two engine options in the Indian market. The first is a 2.7-liter NA petrol mill, which can be equipped with a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic gearbox. The second is a 2.8-liter turbo-diesel motor, available with a choice between a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission. The petrol version only comes in RWD format, while the diesel version gets RWD and AWD options.
|Toyota Fortuner – Technical Features|
|The size of the device||2.7-liter||2.8-liter|
|Engine type||Naturally ambitious, inline-4, petrol||Turbocharged, inline-4, diesel|
|Maximum power||166 ps||204 PS|
|Maximum torque||245 Nm||420 Nm (MT variant) / 500 Nm (AT variant)|
|Infection||5-speed MT / 6-speed AT||6-speed MT / 6-speed AT|
It should be noted that the Toyota Fortuner Legend is only available with a diesel engine and automatic transmission option.
Jeep Meridian vs Toyota Fortuner – Price
The Jeep Meridian is expected to be released in May this year, and will be significantly more expensive than the Jeep Compass. For Toyota Fortuner, it costs Rs. 31.39 lakhs to Rs. 39.28 lakhs for standard model, and from Rs. From Rs 39.71 lakh to Rs 43.43 lakh for Fortune Legend (former showroom, New Delhi), which is very expensive!