The Jeep name is no stranger to India, as we’ve seen these vehicles here earlier when they were assembled by Mahindra. But, a few years ago, FCA (Fiat-Chrysler Group) revived the brand, and, subsequently, made it enter the Indian market. For when the manufacturer arrived in the Indian market, it only had two products on sale, the Wrangler and Grand Cherokee.
While the Wrangler is a multi-terrain vehicle, the Grand Cherokee is a luxury SUV made for the urban environment. However, dare I say, it, too, can tackle some gravel and dirt, although not as successfully as its sibling. But since India is a price-sensitive market, Jeep launched a mid-size SUV here too, the Compass, which became an instant hit in the country.
Today, we’re putting our prime focus on the Grand Cherokee, the brand’s premium SUV and also the flagship offering. And while the photo above might not do justice, it’s a humongous SUV in the flesh. And while some might say it’s an overgrown Compass, the Grand Cherokee actually has an identity of its own. Look closely, and the design simply grows on you. It looks absolutely scintillating, and more importantly, it turns heads wherever it goes. Read on.
Upfront, you get the company’s single grille, segregated into seven rectangular vents. It’s got those bold, sharp lines that pierce through the flesh, and the square-shaped front end looks absolutely magnificent. As for its dimensions, the car is 4,828mm in length, 1,943mm in width, and 1,802mm in height. The wheelbase is an impressive 2,915mm, and the kerb weight is 2,432kg. Moreover, the ground clearance of 206mm means you can take this Jeep off the tarmac without any hiccups. It has a boot space capacity of 1025-litres and a fuel tank capacity of 93.5-litres.
Under the hood, the Jeep gets two petrol engines and a diesel engine. The engines are yet to be approved for BS-VI emission standards. The diesel engine is available in two states of tune, depending on the variant. It’s a 3.0-litre V6 unit, good for 240bhp and 570Nm of torque in the base-spec Limited variant. In the Summit variant, the power is bumped up to 286bhp, while the torque output remains unchanged. Either way, it comes mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox.
As for the petrol engines, the entry-level Limited variant gets a 3.6-litre v6 petrol, capable of producing 285bhp and 347Nm of torque. But the talking point for the Grand Cherokee is the 6.4-litre HEMI V8 SRT engine, which produces a good 468bhp and 624Nm of torque. These, too, come mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox as standard.
As heavy and bulky as the Grand Cherokee is, it manages to attain good fuel efficiency numbers. The diesel engine, regardless of the power output, is rated to deliver 12.8km/l. As for the 3.6-litre petrol, expect it to deliver 8-9km/l. The SRT-spec engine, on the other hand, is expected to return around 4-5km/l.
While the competition has moved ahead with cutting-edge technology, the Grand Cherokee seems a bit behind in this regard.
It, of course, gets the basic features such as a smart key with push-button start and keyless entry, a touchscreen infotainment system with both Apple Carplay/Android Auto, climate control, parking sensors, and much more.
The Grand Cherokee, as of early-2020, comes in six shades, namely, Deep Cherry Red Crystal Pearl, Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl, Bright White, True Blue Pearl, Granite Silver, and Billet Silver.
All the details regarding the Jeep Grand Cherokee, namely, the engine, specifications, variant wise equipment, colours, dimensions, interiors, and exterior details are extensively covered in the brochure.
Variants and Prices
As of early-2020, the Jeep Grand Cherokeeis available in four variants, two in the petrol-automatic configuration, and two in the diesel-automatic configuration.The prices start at Rs. 78.83 lakhs for the Limited variant going all the way to Rs. 1.14 crores for the SRT variant (all prices ex-showroom, Delhi). For the variant-wise on-road prices, visit us at autoX. Also, read the latest car comparisons, only at autoX.