The American automaker has finally planned a trip to the Indian shores and has brought along with it one of its finest creations. Apart from the classic Jeep beauty, the Wrangler, Jeep herd also consists of a slightly modern looking machine, Jeep Grand Cherokee that’ll surely give Jeep a brand image revision. In this Jeep Grand Cherokee review, we will discuss how well the car is ready to serve the new generation that prefer a blend of class with a hint of power.
Grand Cherokee Overview
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After three long years, Jeep has finally arrived in India and with it, came one of the most awarded SUV of all times, the Grand Cherokee. Unlike its companion Wrangler that looks all classic and masculine, Grand Cherokee carries a conventional SUV styling. But don’t take its conventional looks synonymous to any other on-going SUV, as this one along with carrying a more acceptable image is a package of undisputed power. In short, it is the perfect vehicle for an individual who likes to drive a premium car to work but also wants it to be a companion for his adventurous weekend getaways.
And this fact becomes all the more clear with Jeep selecting Jodhpur’s Umaid Bhavan Palace as its launching ground. The site represents both power and excellence in equal proportion, with perfection running down its very core. Talking of perfection, Grand Cherokee is the most capable production 4×4 vehicle around the globe and will surely take the concept of off-roading in India to a completely new level.
The car is available in three variants in India and with two engine configurations to follow. The Limited 4×4 and Summit 4×4 house a 3.0-litre V6 Eco Diesel mill; where else the more powerful Cherokee SRT 4X4 trim is powered by a 6.4-litre HEMI V8 beast. Grand Cherokee price range like its aura is big and starts at a whopping price of INR 93.64 lakh (Ex-showroom Delhi).
Jeep Grand Cherokee Specs
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|3.0 Litre||6.4 Litre|
|Engine||3.0-litre V6 EcoDiesel||6.4-litre HEMI V8|
|Transmission||8-Speed Automatic||8-Speed Automatic|
|Power||243 PS||477 PS|
|Torque||570 Nm||624 Nm|
|0-100 kmph||9.02 seconds||4 to 5 seconds|
|Mileage||12.8 kmpl||8-10 kmpl (approx)|
Grand Cherokee Price
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Jeep is known as a premium auto brand that creates luxurious but tough cars. The Grand Cherokee is one of its finest creations that have all the attributes one could ask for in a top-class sports utility vehicle. The all-new Grand Cherokee is a great car with only its heavy price tag being the biggest hurdle in the entire purchasing process. As mentioned earlier, Grand Cherokee variants list consists of three representers, with the base variant, the Limited 4X4 priced at INR 93.64 lakh and the top-spec Summit 4×4 available at INR 1.03 crore.
Performance of Grand Cherokee
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The Grand Cherokee is known for its rugged performance and high output figures. The Limited 4×4 and Summit 4×4 Cherokee variants are powered by a 3.0-litre CRDi Turbo V6 Diesel engine. The said mill produces a maximum power output of 243 PS along with a peak torque of 570 Nm. That’s not all, the Grand Cherokee engine apart from providing optimum efficiency also delivers low carbon emission as well. In addition, Cherokee with its EcoDiesel mill deliver fuel economy of up to 12.8 kmpl. The performance oriented Grand Cherokee SRT trim houses a 6.6-litre HEMI V8 engine that churns out a massive power and torque output of 477 PS and 624 Nm respectively. Both the above-mentioned engines are paired with the smooth and efficient 8-speed automatic transmission.
The said gearbox, in addition to supplying power to all the four wheels and providing quick acceleration, it also works on providing a fuel efficient drive. Its Selec-Terrain Traction Control system deserves a special mention when talking about Grand Cherokee performance. This system gives the driver five weather mode options to choose from (including snow), so that driver can get the required traction during distinct conditions.
Jeep Grand Cherokee Exterior
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From a Jeep what else to expect other than ruggedness, but Grand Cherokee is a car that has the capability that will wipe the age old Jeep image from the Indian minds. The car though like its other siblings hold a tough, hulk like appearance but, is different in a way that it looks somewhat like the conventional SUV’s running down the roads. Jeep has engineered Cherokee not only to impress but also to deliver the best of Jeep brand’s strength and capability.
Starting off with its front profile, Jeep premium SUV is blessed with adaptive automatic high-beam headlamps that are further accompanied by signature LED daytime running lamps and headlamp washers. Down to the south are present premium fog lamps and sleek air dams, both with an attractive chrome casing around. Complementing the rectangular headlamps is present the sectioned seven-slate grille that adds immense masculinity to the car. Moving sideways, one finds bold couture lines that run through the entire length of the car and also improves Cherokee’s aerodynamic abilities.
The car is also blessed with squared-off prominent wheel arches that house epic performance delivering wheels that are available in both 20-inch and 18-inch size options. Lastly, the Grand Cherokee rear offers large LED tail lamps, aerodynamic spoiler and a wide third window for great rear visibility.
Grand Cherokee Interior
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Getting inside Grand Cherokee will surely remind you the fact that it is an off-roader from the house of legendary automaker Jeep. What makes us say so is its rather high placed seats that one has to climb without any assistance of a foot board, the adventure triggers there itself. The seats are accommodating and comfortable and the driver seat and steering block come with enough adjustment options to fit all sizes. Moving on to the rear seat, they like the front seats are broad and spacious and also provide adequate tight support. However, rear seat low placement may bother tall passengers a bit but overall the cabin is spacious and feels uncluttered thanks to its large windows and a panoramic sunroof.
The car doesn’t offer a third-row making it a five-seater, but in place of the additional seating space you get a large 1544-litre boot. The boot can easily fit a full-size tyre and it also has a bulk of luggage space. In addition, the cabin holds styling elements like Nappa leather wrapping, open-pore wood, detailed stitching, and premium headliner.
Features in Jeep Grand Cherokee
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Jeep has blessed its off-roader beast with many utility features that are present both on the outside and inside. Starting with is exterior utility features, Grand Cherokee offers power tailgate and capless fuel fill system that despite being simple are highly usable. Also, making it a rain-friendly SUV are present features like rain-sensing wipers and rain brake support system that makes driving on wet roads easy.
As for the cabin, it is blessed with best-in-class entertainment features like Blu-ray entertainment system for rear passengers, 7-inch color instrument panel and Uconnect system with 8.4-inch touchscreen and navigation function.
Safety features in Grand Cherokee
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Jeep Grand Cherokee is packed with an ample number of passive and active safety gears that assure passengers full safety during their adventure moments. The car has standard crush zones and side guard door beams that absorb all the tension during a crash. Assisting driver during the risky driving situations are present set of active sensors like ABS, Electronic Stability Control, Trail Sway Control and Electronic Roll Mitigation. Further, guarding the active front are present safety equipment like ParkViewr Camera with front and rear visibility, dual front airbags and curtain airbags.
Jeep Grand Cherokee Competitors
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Jeep Grand Cherokee is a car that is hard to compete but like every fighting range it has two opponents and this one too has its list of rivals. Out of the existing on-going premium SUV’s it is Toyota Land Cruiser Prado and Mercedes-Benz GL Class that hold the power to give Cherokee gloomy days in India. But that said, Jeep has a brand image that has a long and strong legacy in producing off-roaders and this can be its winning point over its few but equally abled competitors.
Grand Cherokee Verdict
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The Cherokee is a car manufactured under the guidance of the legendary American automaker Jeep that is known for it’s off-roading specialization. So, one thing that can be surely expected out of Jeep Grand Cherokee is remarkable off-roading skills with undisputed quality and reliability. But knowing all, the only thing that could create a hitch in consumers mind about the said car is its high-price tag, which though is justified but still will hurt consumer’s pocket.