Fri. Oct 7th, 2022

Jeep India, part of automotive conglomerate Stelantis, on Tuesday launched its new SUV Meridian and deliveries will start in June 2022. The Meridian is the corporate’s first three-row SUV that has been specifically designed and engineered for India. The corporate stated that it’ll include a 2-litre turbo diesel engine with nine-speed automated and six-speed guide transmission choices.

This mannequin is certainly one of three new merchandise together with Grand Cherokee and Compass Trailhawk which might be being launched in India this 12 months.

The corporate launched the Compass Trailhawk in February at a beginning value of Rs 30.72 lakh (ex-showroom).

Stelantis India CEO and Managing Director Roland Bouchara stated that each one these will probably be produced from the corporate’s Ranjangaon plant in Maharashtra and this displays the corporate’s dedication to the Indian market.

In a digital convention, he stated that over the previous two years the corporate has invested USD 250 million on the event of 5 merchandise, together with the Wrangler and Compass, for the Indian market.

He added that the corporate sees India as an export hub and Meridian may even be exported to international locations within the Asia Pacific area together with Japan and South Korea as it’s doing for the Compass mannequin.

When requested about gross sales expectations from Meridian, Boochara stated it’s tough to foretell as “COVID continues to be not behind us”.

Nonetheless, he added that the mannequin will turn into a significant participant within the premium SUV section, which is presently dominated by the Toyota Fortuner.

Commenting on the EV technique for India, Boochara stated that Stelantis is intently following the market developments.

Final 12 months, Stelantis introduced plans to speculate greater than $30 billion by 2025 on the electrification of its automobile line-up globally.

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