Fiat has announced the introduction of the Jeep brand of SUVs in India. For those who want to know about this brand, well there is a lot to say. Jeep is an icon all over the world. In the US, the Wrangler has achieved cult status but now days thanks to SUV’s like the Grand Cherokee, it is also doing well in other markets. In India Jeep vehicles will be sold with the support of Fiat India for spares and service.
The plan for India includes the Wrangler and Cherokee SUV’s which will be launched in the end of 2013. Of particular interest is the Grand Cherokee which is a good looking modern SUV that has all the luxurious to match the established German SUV’s. So let us look at the updated Grand Cherokee for more details!
Big and handsome, that is what this SUV is all about and it looks beefy with its muscular proportions. Since we will be getting the facelifted version the new Cherokee looks even better with slimmer headlamps and a shorter upper grille. This makes it looks less bloated than before. You cannot miss the traditional Jeep grille with the 7 slats which gives it a lot of presence. It looks like a pukka big brute with lots of chrome and big wheel arches. Other changes include usage of LED's and Day Time Running Lights. The wheel options include 17 inch or 18 inch wheels. Overall this SUV seems to have more presence than a Audi Q7!
Step inside and its pure American luxury. While the design is not as aggressive as the exterior the quality, fit and finish is much improved over the earlier version. Other changes include a new 5-inch touch screen with an option of getting a bigger 8.4-inch one. Elsewhere there is a new three spoke steering wheel with paddle shifters at the back. The instruments have TFT technology which look futuristic. Music lovers will love the 19-speaker Harman Kardon audio system. Space is very good in the Grand Cherokee and it can be a great SUV to be driven aound in.
The new Grand Cherokee will get a 240 hhp 3.0 V6 diesel which is quick. The large amount of bhp on offer will mean that this big SUV can fly and do some serious speeds with ease. You will also love the eight-speed transmission which is responsive and the 4-wheel drive system which lets this monster handle bad roads with aplomb.
Pricing is crucial and lets hope the Grand Cherokee get a competitive price as then the Audi Q7 and others will have a lot to worry about.